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Birmingham City University becomes first in Europe to offer Black Studies Degree

Birmingham City University is now the first in Europe to offer students a degree focused solely on black studies. Launched in September 2017, the undergraduate BA honours course will focus on examining the histories, social movement. Dr Kehinde Andrews, associate professor in sociology at the university, described Birmingham as being “the perfect place” to launch such a degree, considering it is one of Europe’s most diverse cities, with a “strong history” of community activism and engagement.ents, and contributions of people of African descent.

Despite a long tradition of black studies courses being made available in the US, Dr Andrews argued that the opportunity to study such courses in the UK is long overdue. The professor - who is currently engaged in a project examining the role of black radicalism in contemporary organization against racial oppression - said: “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 recognized, 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, as well as the influence of pop culture on young black British women. Dr Andrews added: “The new degree offers students a critical understanding of British and global society, international study abroad opportunities, and experiences working to improve conditions in communities.”

Malia Bouattia, National Union of Students (NUS) black students’ officer and president-elect, commended all those involved in the move at the university, and encouraged other institutions to follow suit. She Stress “Black people still experience treatment which is disproportionate, excessive, and racist from the state, so a course which looks at creating social change - along with critical engagement with the wider community - is imperative.“We hope this is the first step towards transforming our education system.”

 Commentsafrica will like to know when An African University also run a full degree programme on Black Studies

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