University of Sussex Business School

Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (L2002N)

Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

Module L2002N

Module details for 2022/23.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module is an introduction to various themes and conceptual issues in the study of culture, ethnicity and nationalism as seen from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The module is comprised of three sections and is designed to provide an understanding of the interaction between power and cultural meanings, particularly as they relate to the construction of boundaries and the creation of difference between social groups. After considering such key concepts as race, culture, ethnicity, and nationalism, there is an emphasis on ethnic and religious mobilization and we shall consider the extent to which similar and different processes are at work in South Africa, the Caribbean, and the Indian sub-continent. These cases are included to give students a contextualized understanding of the complex historical and cultural dimensions of modern political struggles.

Module learning outcomes

A basic knowledge of a range of key historical problems and conceptual questions relating to the study of race, culture, ethnicity, and nationalism.

A basic knowledge of the core reading, with some appreciation of the subtlety of debates or different interpretations that might be drawn from particular evidence.

A basic understanding of how to write an essay showing some sign of structure and organization, the proper utilisation of evidence and the formation of an argument.

Reasonably correct referencing and bibliographies in essays.

Essay (3000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 2 Tue 16:00100.00%

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


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

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Mx Emilia Moscardini-Powers

Assess convenor

Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor

Dr Elizabeth Mills

Assess convenor

Dr Vinita Damodaran


Mr Ben Facer

Assess convenor

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