BSc International Business, Finance and Economics with Industrial/Professional Experience

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Racism and Ethnicity in the UK

Unit code SOCY20962
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Sociology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course introduces students to the sociology of racism and ethnicity, using the UK experience as a case study. It explores the origins and development of racism within Britain, examining how processes of racialization have shaped and continue to shape the nature of British society. We look at the role ‘race’ has played in the production of inequalities and exclusions, as well as how it informs notions of national identity. We also explore how race interacts with class and gender. The course engages with contemporary debates and theoretical advances, particularly in relation to Islamophobia, critical whiteness studies, institutional racism, and ‘post-race’. The module aims to:

  • To provide an introduction to theorisations of racism and racialization
  • Introduce students to the ways in which Racism and Ethnicity interact with other forms of social difference such as nation, gender, class, and religion.
  • Encourage students to evaluate the role of racism in the structure of British society.
  • To explore current theoretical debates around key issues such as institutional racism, Islamophobia, post-race, Brexit, and critical whiteness studies.

Aims

  • To provide an introduction to theorisations of racism and racialization
  • Introduce students to the ways in which Racism and Ethnicity interact with other forms of social difference such as nation, gender, class, and religion.
  • Encourage students to evaluate the role of racism in the structure of British society.
  • To explore current theoretical debates around key issues such as institutional racism, Islamophobia, post-race, Brexit, and critical whiteness studies.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course students will be expected to:

  • Have knowledge of a range of theoretical tools to understand contemporary debates about 'race', ethnicity and difference.
  • Understand the relationship between 'race', ethnicity and other forms of social difference.
  • To critically engage with key texts and theoretical ideas.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the role of 'racism' in the structure of British society.
  • Have a critical understanding of contemporary developments in the sociology of racism and ethnicity in the UK.

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly 2 hour lecture/1 hour tutorial

Assessment methods

' Assessment for this course is a 1500 word non-assessed essay (penalty for non-submission of 5% of final mark), 2000 (+/- 10%) word assessed essay (50%) and a 2 hour unseen exam (50%). The essay questions can be found on the last page of this course outline.

Feedback methods

All sociology courses include both formative feedback – which lets you know how you’re getting on and what you could do to improve – and summative feedback – which gives you a mark for your assessed work.

Recommended reading

Anthias, F. and Yuval-Davis, N. (1992) Racialized Boundaries: Race, nation, gender, colour and class and the anti-racist struggle, London: Routledge.

Back, L. and Solomos, J. (eds.) (2009) Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, London: Routledge.

Garner, S. (2017) Racisms: An Introduction (Second Edition), London: Sage (highly recommended).

Gilroy, P. (1987) There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack, London: Hutchinson.

Meer, N. (2014) Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity, London: Sage.

 

Rattansi, A. (2007) Racism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
James Rhodes Unit coordinator

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