module specification

SS5006A - Racism and Ethnicity A (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Racism and Ethnicity A
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
27 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
123 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Coursework - four short answers, 250 words each
Coursework 60%   2000 word essay
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module explores theories and conceptions of racism and ethnicity, and the practices of racism in contemporary Britain. The contemporary development of ethnic differences and divisions will be examined in key areas of society. Racism is specifically explored within the context of social and political conflicts.

Module aims

  • To analyse critically key concepts including racism and ethnicity as well anti- racism, multiculturalism, Islamophobia in order to develop an awareness of their contested nature.
  • To look at these issues in a sociological context that explores the meanings ascribed to these terms, their historical origins and key examples where these issues have been or remain important in shaping the social order in Britain.
  • To consider the impact of racism on specific communities and groups, including women and national, religious and ethnic groups.


Perspectives and realities

  1. Key concepts: Racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism etc  
  2. Ethnicity, migration and settlement
  3. Ethnic classification, racialisation and national identity
  4. Ethnic Mobilisation, ‘Race relations’, Community Relations
  5. Multiethnic London

Racism and Ethnicity in the UK

  1. Employment and the labour market
  2. Policing
  3. Schooling
  4. Housing and Neighbourhood
  5. News media

Learning and teaching

Teaching: 10 weekly lectures followed by exercises and reflexive discussion in seminars,  based on data and key texts

Learning: Learning is supported by the WebLearn site for the module which includes lecture notes, seminar exercises, newspaper articles and longer articles and links to rlevant web sites.

The lecture notes and seminar exercises are used as the initial basis for tackling a opic, but students are encouraged to go beyond these in preparing coursework.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Identify and describe 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 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

1000 word coursework exercise at week 7, designed to meet Learning Outcome 1.

2000 word essay week 15, designed to meet Learning Outcomes 2 & 3.

The assessment criteria for the assessments are:

  1. Responding to a task precisely and clearly, covering essential points in a logical sequence
  2. Conveying an argument, theory or concepts in their own words
  3. Demonstrating understanding of the module materials
  4. Supporting assertions with evidence and sources
  5. Adequate bibliography and referencing
  6. Coherent sentence construction, adequate use of English


ebooks in Londonmet library

Finney, N. (2009) Sleepwalking to Segregation? Policy Pr
Garner, S. (2010) Racisms: An Introduction, Sage
Law, I. (2010) Racism and Ethnicity, Longman
Meer, N. (2014) Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity, Sage
Rattansi, A. (2007) Racism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford Univ Pr

Other books

Bloch, A. & Solomos, J. (2010) Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century, Palgrave Macmillan
Bloch, A. et al (2013) Race, Multiculture & Social Policy, Palgrave Macmillan
Craig, G. et al (2012) Understanding Race and Ethnicity, Policy Press
Panayi, P. (2010) An Immigration History of Britain: Multicultural racism since 1800, Longman
Rattansi, A. (2011) Multiculturalism:  A Very Short Introduction, Oxford Univ Pr