British Multiculturalism, Religion and the Media

The British multicultural model has resulted from mass immigration from Commonwealth countries in the Global South from the 1950s. In the 21st century it has gone through some significant changes, in particular by shifting the focus from ethnicity to religion in a profoundly transformed British religious landscape, at a time when secularism is on the rise. The questions raised by this re-turn of religion, however, must been seen in the context of the historical place and role of religion in the British public space. The course focuses on how the specific ways in which Britain deals with religion has profoundly coloured British multiculturalism, giving peculiarly British answers to questions that are raised in all multicultural societies in the West.

In the course of the semester, students are asked to regularly contribute short, publishable opinion pieces reflecting on multicultural Britain, religion and the media, as exemplified by a sample of newspaper articles and/or television programmes made available at the beginning of the semester, with the help of relevant scholarly papers.

Weekly readings

The different themes related to multiculturalism and religion that students will be asked to work on can be explored here.

Calendar of assignments

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Writing in english

The papers you must hand in in the course of the semester are short opinion pieces (two pages, give or take one paragraph, using Times 12 and a 1.5 spacing).

The goal is to write a publishable piece (for a blog for example) aimed at a broad international readership who do not necessarily have an in-depth knowledge of Britain. You should not write as if your tutor was the only reader but aim at writing something that could be read widely.

On the first draft of your opinion piece, I underline what needs improving linguistically and suggest ways by which you may improve the content of your paper. You will then have a go at improving your paper. Please always hand in the final version together with the first draft containing my proof-reading marks.

The meaning of my proofreading marks as well as a few pieces of advice to improve your writing skills can be found on this page.

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