Black Studies: Resistance, Creativity and Joy in the Capital

Why study this module?

This module will provide an exciting and unique opportunity for you to delve into contemporary cultural production, creativity, resistance and joy in first, second and third-generation African and Caribbean lives in and around London. From documenting the evolution of sound system culture to exploring visual and written creative expressions, you'll unpack the socio-political contexts that shaped the lives and sub-cultures studied.

All of our international summer school modules are worth 15 UK credit points / 3 US credit points / 7.5 ECTS.

Upon successful completion, we will provide you with a transcript of records.

Please note that this International Summer School module is currently subject to validation. In the unlikely event that a module isn’t validated by its start date, we will get in touch to discuss the options available to you.

Black Studies: Resistance, Creativity and Joy in the Capital
Entry requirements

You can apply for a place on these international summer school modules if you are 18-years-old or above.

You should have an English language certificate confirming your level of B1 under the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) qualification. Acceptable English language certificates include IELTS, Cambridge Advanced or Cambridge Proficiency Certificate, TOEFL and institutional tests such as those offered by the German Academic Exchange Service. Exceptions may apply for native speakers and students who are taught in English for their degree (UK NARIC certification required)

You may need a visitor visa to attend the international summer school depending on your nationality and personal circumstances. A standard visitor visa will cost £95 and we will provide you with visa guidance after you have submitted your application.

This module can also be taken in combination with our Small Axe: Decolonisation and Dismantling Institutional Racism module. You could also take it in combination with our Internship in London module. Entry requirements for this combination can be found on our Internship in London module page.

More about this module

Throughout this module you’ll:

  • understand the ways in which African and Caribbean Londoners navigated the racial and socio-political context of contemporary London
  • communicate the ways in which African and Caribbean Londoners resisted racist oppression through activism, whilst demonstrating an awareness of the innovative, cultural creations borne out of these communities
  • analyse multi-dimensional, complex narratives of inner-city London living, thinking beyond reductive racialised narratives
  • demonstrate your critical thinking skills within the framework of decolonisation, looking beyond a colonial lens by participating in and discovering non-traditional modes of learning and assessment – this includes enhancing your creative skills utilising modern mediums such as spoken word, short videos and more in collaborative and independent study
Teaching and assessment

The assessment of this module will consist of two components:

  • a digital artefact 
  • an essay
Module fees

The cost of this module is £1,500. Discounts are available if you wish to take a module from each session. Please refer to the table below for information on the discounts available.

Price of one sessionPrice of two sessions
£1,500  £1,425 per module 
  Includes a £75 discount per module 

If you want to take this module in combination with a module from session two, the total cost of your tuition fees would be £2,850.

Please note: You cannot take more than one module per session.

How to apply

To register for this International Summer School module you'll need to complete our International Summer School application form.

Application deadline: 1 April 2022

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the study abroad team at