Multiculturalism & Brexit
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.
ALL CONTENT INCLUDED IN THIS STUDY GUIDE HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE GENERATION BREXIT PROJECT TEAM UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DR JENNIFER JACKSON-PREECE, DEPUTY HEAD OF THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTE, LSE.
Multiculturalism & Brexit Slideshow
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
- How is multiculturalism used in this video? Is it a sociological fact, a public policy, a moral argument, or some combination of these?
- Does the speaker in the video think multiculturalism has failed, why or why not?
- 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?
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:
- The meaning of multiculturalism in this context;
- The overall structure and organisation of the argument;
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org