module specification

SS5065 - Communities in Transition (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Communities in Transition
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 150
105 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 60%   Essay 1500 words
Coursework 40%   Reflective log 1000 words
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

The module enables the students to develop an understanding of contemporary socio-cultural, economic and political structures and discourses that impact on diverse communities in Britain. It explores the theoretical underpinnings of the hotly contested political debate for and against multiculturalism in Western democracies. It examines some of the rapidly changing migratory patterns and emergence of new refugee and migrant communities. The module tackles questions of whether and how it is possible to develop a sense of belonging in a culturally diverse society. It enables the students to develop a critical understand of the emerging cultures and communities in Britain and examine some of the changes which have taken place as a result of the global migration and technological innovation.

Module aims

  1. To provide students with the opportunity to explore and critically analyse the concepts of community, culture and change and notions of identity and citizenship in post 1945 Britain.
  2. To enable students to identify the nature and context of challenges posed by societal change and diversity for integration, social cohesion and community development
  3. To familiarise students with debates on multiculturalism and citizenship
  4. To identify more recent patterns of migration to the UK
  5. To enable the learners to critically reflect on their learning


  1. Module Overview
  2. Exploring the concept /discourse of 'community' in the UK
  3. Exploring the concept of culture
  4. Diversity in Britain: community, culture, lifestyle
  5. An overview of major migratory movements in the UK
  6. Understanding ‘ethnic minority communities’ and new ‘migrant and refugee’ communities in the UK
  7. Exploration and identification of transnational communities in the UK
  8. Multiculturalism, new racisms and xenophobia
  9. Identity, Citizenship and integration
  10. Pluralism in liberal societies
  11. Transnational communities and a case study

Learning and teaching

The module promotes critical thinking and reflection and is taught by weekly lectures of one hour duration followed by student-centred seminars and workshops. The seminars will focus on discussions and debates on the theme of the lecture based on pre-set reading. The workshop sessions will offer an opportunity for students to read short relevant extracts, explore case studies and practise reflective writing. The module will rely on blended learning actively, promoting the use of various platforms including the WebLearn, use of online sources and other methods to enhance student control on learning.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Develop a more informed understanding of the extent of the socio-cultural and economic changes and diversity in Britain
  2. Identify the new migratory patterns in the UK
  3. Develop a critical understanding of  the debates around multiculturalism, identity and citizenship
  4. Develop reflective skills in thinking and writing
  5. Apply analytical abilities through reading, debating, reflection and presentation

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed by an essay (1500) and a reflective piece of writing (1000 words). Students will be assessed in their understanding on the concepts of community, culture and change. The essay will enable them to critically reflect on the nature and state of multiculturalism, emergence of new communities, identity, citizenship and belonging. They will examine the societal changes focusing on their impact on communities and cultures. In the reflective piece, they will systematically review their learning on the module.

Essay – 60% (Week 12,  (LO 1-3 and LO5 and 6) (1500)
Reflective piece – 40% (Week 15) (LO 1-6) (1000)


Brah, A et al (1999) Thinking Identities, ethnicity, Racism and Culture. Macmillan London.

Brah, A. Coombes, A. E. (2000). Hybridity and its Discontents: Politics, Science, Culture. London: Routledge.

Caws, P.  Chapter on Identity, Cultural, Transcultural and Multicultural in Goldberg, D. (1994) (Ed.). Blackwell.

Craig, G. Mayo, M. Popple, K. Shaw, M. Taylor, M. (2011). The Community Development Reader: History, themes and issues. Bristol: Policy Press.

Georgiou, M. (2006). Diaspora, identity, and the media: diasporic transnationalism and mediated spatialities. Cresskill, N.J., Hampton Press.

Irudaya Rajan, S., Varghese. V.J., Aswini Kumar Nanda (2016).Migration, Mobility and Multiple Affiliations : Punjabis in a Transnational World . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Parekh, B. (2000) Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity & Political Theory. Macmillan

The Parekh Report (2000). The Future of Multi-ethnic Britian. London: Profile Books.

Vertovec, S. (2007) Super Diversity and its implications; in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol.30 No. 6

Vertovec, S. (2009) Transnationalism. Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis (available as an e-book)