module specification

SS5006 - Racism and Ethnicity (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Racism and Ethnicity
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   1000 words - 4 short answers
Coursework 30%   2000 words - essay
Coursework 20%   1000 words - article review
Coursework 30%   2000 words - essay
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

The module explores theories and conceptions of racism and ethnicity, and the practices of racism in contemporary societies. The historical roots of racism will be examined and its contemporary forms studied comparatively. Racism is specifically explored within the context of social and political conflicts.

Module aims

  • To analyse critically key concepts including racism, ‘race’, racialisation, nation, community relations, multiculturalism and ethnicity in order to develop an awareness of different interpretations and perspectives thereon.
  • To look at issues surrounding racism and ethnicity in a global sociological context that explores the meanings ascribed to them, their historical origins and key examples of societies where such issues have been and remain important in shaping the social orders in which people live.
  • To consider the impact of racism on specific communities and groups, including national, religious and ethnic groups.
  • To understand the different, yet intersecting levels at which racism operates – direct, institutional, structural.


Racism and Ethnicity in the UK: Concepts and application to the UK

  1. 1. ‘Race’, Ethnicity: Migration and Settlement   
  2. 2. Racialisation, Ethnic Classification, National Identity
  3. 3. Racism  
  4. 4. Ethnic Mobilisation, ‘Race Relations’, Community Relations 
  5. 5. Multiethnic London     

II  Racism and Ethnicity in the UK

  1. Employment and the Labour Market   
  2. Policing       
  3. Schooling       
  4. Housing and Neighbourhood  
  5. News Media      

III  Contemporary Issues

  1. Racial Science      
  2. Sport: Cricket and Football    
  3. Antisemitism       
  4. Multiculturalism and Islamophobia
  5. Migration

IV Racism and Ethnicity beyond the UK

  1. United States: African Americans     
  2. United States: Hispanic/Latinos     
  3. Latin America        
  4. France
  5. Germany

Learning and teaching

Teaching: weekly lectures followed by  discussion based on short texts, data, quizzes and videos in seminars
Learning: Learning is supported by the WebLearn site for the module which includes lecture notes, seminar exercises, newspaper articles, longer articles and links to relevant web sites and video clips.
The lecture notes and seminar exercises are used as the initial basis for tackling a topic, but students are expected to go beyond these in preparing coursework.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the key concepts, debates and controversies surrounding racism and ethnicity
  2. Identify and analyse contemporary and historical examples of how these concepts play a significant part in shaping the social order.
  3. Analyse a range of contemporary/historical issues where racism and/or ethnicity have played important parts in shaping the social order and to utilise their own knowledge and experience to illuminate these discussions.

Assessment strategy

CW1: 1000 word coursework exercise at week 7, to meet Learning Outcome 1.
CW2: 2000 word essay week 14, to meet Learning Outcomes 1, 2
CW3: 1000 review of social science journal article in week 22, to meet Learning Outcome 3
CW4: 2000 word essay to meet all Learning Outcomes at week 28.

The assessment criteria for the assessments are:
1. Answers the question precisely and concisely
2. Covers the essential points in a logical sequence
3. Demonstrates understanding of lecture notes and appropriate webLearn material
4. Assertions supported by evidence and sources
5. Coherent sentence construction, adequate use of English
6. Adequate bibliography and referencing
7.   Originality (Turnitin)

CW1 and CW3 focus particularly on criteria 1 and 2. CW2 focuses particularly on criteria 3, 4 and 5. CW4 focuses on all criteria.


ebooks in Londonmet library
Burdsey, D. (2013) Race, Ethnicity & Football, Routledge 
Finney, N. (2009) Sleepwalking to Segregation? Policy Pr
Garner, S. (2010) Racisms: An Introduction, Sage
Goldberg, D. (2009) The Threat of Race, Blackwell
Law, I. (2010) Racism and Ethnicity, Longman
Lentin, A. (2011) The Crises of Multiculturalism, Zed Pr 
Meer, N. (2014) Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity, Sage
Murji, K. & Solomos, J. eds (2015) Theories of Race & Ethnicity, Cambridge Univ Pr
Omi, M. & Winant, H. (2015) Racial Formation in the US, Routledge
Rattansi, A. (2007) Racism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford Univ Pr
Triandafyllidou, A. (2012)  European Multiculturalisms, Edinburgh Univ Pr
Other books
Bloch, A. & Solomos, J. (2010) Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century, Palgrave
Bloch, A. et al (2013) Race, Multiculture & Social Policy, Palgrave
Craig, G. et al (2012) Understanding Race and Ethnicity, Policy Press
Panayi, P. (2010) An Immigration History of Britain, Longman
Rattansi, A. (2011) Multiculturalism:  A Very Short Introduction, Oxford Univ Pr