Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Race: Conflict and Change

Module L3074B

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module will examine and explore the issues of race, racism, racial conflict and race relations in contemporary Britain (Please note: although we will mainly refer to Britain, examples from other countries in Europe and the West will be frequently used). Beginning with colonial dismodules of the racial 'other', the post-1945 period following the start of mass colonial immigration to Britain, through to the present day this module will examine the various historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces and processes through which the concept of race and the racialised subject have been constructed, shaped and changed over time.

The module will be divided into twelve 1-hour lectures and twelve 1-hour seminars, each focusing on a particular historical, social, political, cultural or theoretical topic, issue and problem related to race in Britain. These range from: the construction and status of race through various dismodules and contexts of colonialism, immigration and multiculturalism, issues of identity, representation, power, equality and difference, the relationship between race and other social-political identifications, categories and divisions such as nationality, class, gender, ethnicity and religion, the relationship between race and the law, crime and civil unrest, the history of racial conflict and the development of anti-racist activism, policies and legislation, forms of cultural politics, expression and resistance and, finally, current issues and debates concerning the status of race in Britain.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key topics and debates in the sociology of race and ethnicity

Compare racial and ethnic stratification in different societies and contexts

Assess the strengths and weaknesses of empirical material as evidence on race and ethnicity in society

Critically evaluate competing explanations for societal divisions based on race and ethnicity in writing and in an oral presentation

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 70.00%
Group PresentationT2 Week 11 (10 minutes)30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111110
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111110

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Aneira Edmunds

Convenor, Assess convenor

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