Generation Brexit Study Guide: Multiculturalism & Brexit

This study guide  survey's the relationship between  MULTICULTURALISM & BREXIT. It is relevant for students taking  AS /A  LEVEL POLITICS, SOCIOLOGY AND MEDIA STUDIES.

Czerska-Shaw Blog

Demir Blog

Green Blog

Gidron & Hall Blog

Modood Blog

Opinium Report




 Multiculturalism & Brexit

Learning Outcomes

In this study guide, you will learn more about the contested relationship between multiculturalism and Brexit. 

  • What is multiculturalism? What is Brexit?
  • What role did multiculturalism play in the UK's decision to leave the European Union (2016 Brexit Referendum)?
  • Will a post-Brexit Britain also be a multicultural Britain?

The activities are intended to help you  deepen your understanding of these issues. They will also support the development of those critical thinking skills that you will be expected to demonstrate in your A / AS Level Exams, and at university. 

If you are a STUDENT you will find these  activities useful as part of your self guided study or exam preparation. 

If you are a TEACHER you may wish to incorporate these activities into your lesson plans either  as individual OR small group activities. 



Multiculturalism & Brexit Slideshow

Activity One

 Activity  One

In this task, you are asked to  analyse a video  on multiculturalism.  You should  refer back to the   Multiculturalism & Brexit slideshow  as you think about the questions below.

Video for analysis: Choose one of the following videos - Kukathas, Farage, Cameron 

Activity questions:

  1. How is multiculturalism used  in this  video? Is it a sociological fact, a public policy, a moral argument, or some combination of these?
  2. Does  the speaker in the video think multiculturalism has failed, why or why not?
  3. If you were listening to this video during the Brexit Referendum, would it have influenced your decision in any way? Would it  have made you more likely to vote leave or remain? 


Activity Two

Activity Two 

In this activity you are asked to examine the controversy about the future of multiculturalism in Britain

 First, you should review  the Opinium Reort, taking note of the following key features:

  1. The meaning of multiculturalism in this context;
  2. The overall structure and organisation of the argument;
  3. The evidence used to substantiate the argument(s).

Are you convinced by the report's conclusions, why or why not? You may find it helpful to (re)read Modood's blog as you consider your views.

You should then try to identify reasons FOR and AGAINST the following proposition: Multiculturalism is less relevant in post-Brexit Britain.

You should aim to identify a series of POINT / EXAMPLE / EXPLANATION style arguments. You may find it helpful to refer back to the ‘Multiculturalism and Brexit’ slide show as well as the other resources included in the study guide. After you have completed these notes, take some time to consider your own point of view. Which arguments do you find most convincing, and on what basis? Be prepared to fully explain your position citing relevant evidence.

If you are using this study guide as part of your independent learning or revision, you may want to conclude this activity by writing a practice exam style essay on this question.

If you are a teacher using this study guide as part of a lesson plan, then you may wish to use this question as the basis for a class debate.


Activity Three

Activity Three

Go to the GENERATION BREXIT platform and find out what other young people are thinking about MULTICULTURALISM AND BREXIT. 

  • How is 'multiculturalism' being used on the Generation Brexit platform - as sociological reality, as public policy, a moral argument, as something else?
  • After you have explored the  Generation Brexit platform conversation, what do you think 'Britishness' means to young people today? Do you think young people see 'Britishness' as separate from multiculturalism or as (at least in part) defined by multiculturalism?
  • Do you think older generations would have a different view on 'Britishness' and 'multiculturalism'? You can 'test your hypothesis' by asking your parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles what 'Britishness' means to them. 
  • Do you see any evidence on the Generation Brexit platform  OR in your conversations with older people to support the claims made by Demir, Green, Gidron & Hall, or Modood in their blogs (links to these blogs are included on the LSE Generation Brexit Study Guide: Multiculturalism & Brexit)? 


Do you have an IDEA to share?

Generation Brexit has one purpose: it gives young people across the UK and the EU a voice in the Brexit negotiations. By taking part in this policy making project you can shape the future of UK-EU relations post-Brexit. The best ideas will be turned into policy proposals sent to the UK and EU parliaments. 

Generation Brexit is also offering an exciting opportunity for Sixth Form students to intern with an LSE crowdsourcing project as a PLATFORM FACILITATOR responsible for encouraging constructive engagement with Brexit related issues amongst platform users.

 Each PLATFORM FACILITATOR will be expected to spend half an hour on the platform each week for a period of four weeks, and earn 100 participation points on the platform. These participation points can be earned by voting or commenting on other people’s ideas, responding to surveys or posting your own ideas. PLATFORM FACILITATORS who fulfil these requirements will receive a certificate  from the LSE to highlight their contribution to the project.

 This is a great opportunity to participate in the Brexit debate and gain valuable experience that you can include in your UCAS personal statement. For more information contact

Kukathas Video

Powell Video

Hall Video

Cameron Video

Farage Video


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