Race and Ethnicity in US History (V3029)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module examines the history of race and ethnicity in the United States. It covers the period from 1865 to the present, tracing political, cultural and social developments.

You’ll consider the role of race and ethnicity in politics, education, activism, housing and the criminal justice system. You’ll also examine the ways in which:

  • a wide range of racial and ethnic identities have been constructed in America
  • race and ethnicity have affected Americans' life experiences
  • Americans have both challenged the role of race and ethnicity in society and sought to maintain existing structures.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: