Media and film studies

Culture, Race and Ethnicity

Module code: V3026
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

In this module, you examine the relationship between ideas of culture, race and ethnicity, both historically and in contemporary society.

You'll study a range of empirical examples that demonstrate how the concepts have been used - sometimes separately, sometimes in interlocking ways - in political projects or movements. Particular focus will be placed on the construction of 'whiteness'.

Examples may include:

  • the use of race in nineteenth century colonial administration
  • the politics of ethnicity in post-war London
  • the rise of the new right in contemporary Europe.

Module learning outcomes

  • Summarise and synthesise ideas and debates in the field.
  • Place concepts in a comparative framework.
  • Recognise the differences and similarities between concepts of race, ethnicity and culture.
  • Engage critically with debates over the relationship between race, ethnicity and cuture and seek out and use electronic and paper-based information resources effectively.