Launch of Europe’s first Black Studies degree

Birmingham City University will become first university in Europe to offer ‘long overdue’ degree in Black Studies

Launching in September 2017, the undergraduate BA Honours degree will focus on examining the histories, social movements and contributions of people of African descent.

For too long, UK Universities have overlooked the experiences and perspectives of those in the African diaspora

Dr Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor in Sociology at Birmingham City University commented: “Birmingham is the perfect place to launch Black Studies, as one of Europe’s most diverse cities, with a strong history of community activism and engagement.’

Despite a long tradition of Black Studies available in the US, Dr Andrews believes that the opportunity to study such courses in the UK is long overdue.

“For too long, UK Universities have overlooked the experiences and perspectives of those in the African diaspora. The contributions of black scholars, activists and communities have not been recognised, creating a limited curriculum.

“Student movements have recently demonstrated this across the country, complaining of a ‘narrow knowledge’ in universities, including the ‘Why is my curriculum white?’ campaign.”

Academics at Birmingham City University have an international reputation for research in the area of Black Studies, with recent projects focusing on the exploration of black men’s desistance from crime and the influence of pop culture on young black British women.

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