module specification

SS5006S - Racism and Ethnicity B (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Racism and Ethnicity B
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%   1000 word article summary and review
Coursework 60%   2000 word essay
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module explores theories and conceptions of racism and ethnicity, and the practices of racism in the contemporary West. 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 and the West.
  • To consider the impact of racism on specific communities and groups, including women and national, religious and ethnic groups.


Racism and Ethnicity in the West

  1. The African American experience in the US
  2. The Hispanic experience and migration processes in the US
  3. Racism and ethnicity in France
  4. Racism and ethnicity in Germany
  5. Racism and ethnicity in the European Union
  6. Racism and ethnicity in Latin America

Contemporary Issues in Britain and the West

  1. Racial science
  2. Sport
  3. Antisemitism
  4. Multiculturalism/Islamophobia
  5. Migration

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 relevant web sites.

The lecture notes and seminar exercises are used as the initial basis for tackling a topic, 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 essay 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

Garner, S. (2010) Racisms: An Introduction, Sage
Goldberg, D. (2009) The Threat of Race, Wiley-Blackwell
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

Castles, S. & Miller, M. (2014) The Age of Migration, Palgrave
Feagin, J. (2014) Racist America, Routledge
Rattansi, A. (2011) Multiculturalism:  A Very Short Introduction, Oxford Univ Pr
Taras, R. (2012) Xenophobia & Islamophobia in Europe, Ch.6, Edinburgh Univ Pr
Triandafyllidou, A. (2012) European Multiculturalisms, Edinburgh Univ Pr