About this course

What does it mean to be British in one of the most diverse countries in the world today? How did the rich ethnic tapestry that constitutes Britain in the early twenty-first century come into being? Why do immigration and race relations remain such controversial issues in the United Kingdom?

Placing the racial, religious and ethnic diversity of contemporary British society in its historical context, this course will aim to provide an understanding of the complex evolution and construction of the nation's identity. We will examine how the heritage of empire shaped patterns of migration to Britain, and the often hostile responses to it. We will also look at the way minority histories have contributed to national life and identity, and attempt to assess how those communities have been altered through their engagement with British culture. Classes will look at the representation of race in film, television and literature, and students will be encouraged to gain first-hand experience of local minority groups as part of their course.


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