CULTURES OF RACE AND RACISM - 2020/1
Module code: SOC3033
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This module will explore the formation of racial and ethnic identities within the context of cultures of racism in the West. The module will examine the historical construction of ‘race’ in the 18th and 19th centuries before considering theoretical approaches to the study of ‘race’ and gender, ‘race’ and class, multiculturalism and citizenship, the ‘racial state’, space and segregation, diaspora, hybridity, mixed-race studies and critical whiteness studies. The module will also consider the possibility for post-racial identities.
HARMAN Vicki (Sociology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: L330
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- Historical perspectives: ‘race’, entlightenment and Empire
- ‘Race’, ethnicity and social theory
- ‘Race’, class and gender
- ‘Race’, state and nation
- Multiculturalism and citizenship
- ‘Community cohesion’, space and segregation
- Diaspora and hybridity
- Critical Whiteness
- Post-race and neo-liberalism
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||2000 WORD ESSAY||50|
|Examination||ONE HOUR SEEN EXAM||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of key debates in ethnic and racial studies in some depth. The summative essay will enable them to demonstrate their ability to construct an argument in relation to these debates that is well structured, well supported with academic literature and shows an appreciation of academic techniques and practices.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- A 2000 word essay
- A One hour seen exam
Formative assessment and feedback
Students can provide the module leader with an essay plan for formative feedback. Class activities will support student preparation for the seen exam.
- To provide an introduction to theorisations of racism and ethnicity
- To explore media responses, policy debates and popular discourse around ‘race', racism and ethnicity
- Introduce students to the ways in which racism and ethnicity interact with other forms of social difference such as ‘nation', ‘gender’, and ‘class’.
- Encourage students to evaluate the role of racism in the structure of British society.
- To explore current theoretical debates around multiculturalism and citizenship, segregation, mixed-race, ‘post-race', and critical whiteness studies.
|1||Have knowledge of a range of theoretical tools to understand contemporary debates about ‘race', ethnicity and difference||K|
|2||Be able to critically engage with these key texts and theoretical ideas and apply them to contemporary media, policy and popular discourse||C|
|3||Understand the relationship between ‘race', ethnicity and other forms of social difference||KC|
|4||Demonstrate an awareness of the role of ‘racism' in the structure of contemporary British society||KC|
|5||Have a critical understanding of contemporary developments in the sociology of ‘race' and racism in the UK||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 127
Lecture Hours: 12
Seminar Hours: 11
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with an introduction to key topics in ethnic and racial studies. The lectures will expose students to key theorists and key debates and these will be supported by required reading each week. The seminars provide the opportunity to discuss these ideas in more depth and work in groups on particular tasks which encourage them to think critically and independently, and will help them in the writing of their essay. The seminars will also involve specific ‘news tasks’ which are allocated to different groups each week and encourage them to present a discussion of a news article in class. This will develop their presentation skills and demonstrate how concepts and theories discussed in class relate to contemporary issues and events.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- 1 hour lecture per week x 11 weeks
- 1 hour seminar (class discussion/group work) per week x 11 weeks
- 1 hour exam preparation session in week 12
- Weekly readings and seminar preparation
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for CULTURES OF RACE AND RACISM : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc3033
Programmes this module appears in
|Digital Media Arts with Media Studies BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Media Studies with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Media, Culture and Society BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Sociology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Media Studies with Film Studies BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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