Philosophy of Race (V7083)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

The module addresses questions such as:

  • is 'race' a social construct?
  • is racism essentially a set of beliefs or a set of feelings?
  • what, if anything, is' institutional racism'?
  • what isracial discrimination?
  • is racial disadvantage 'intersectional'?
  • should we aim to eliminate race altogether from the way we think about each other?
  • are reparations for groups who have suffered racial injustice justified?
  • can there be a phenomenology of racialised experience?
  • is modern Western philosophy racially biased?

You will address such questions by engaging with historical figures such as Franz Fanon and contemporary workin the philosophy of race.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 154 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 132 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 2024/25. 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.


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