SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHL324407
Module Leader Lani Russell
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally the successful completion of a Sociology module at Level 3.

Summary of Content

Despite claims that twenty-first society is 'post-race', neoliberal globalization has overseen the reconfiguration and reinforcement of race and fostered new forms of ethnic and ethno-religious identification in super diverse societies. Within states, ethnicity remains a key marker of social inequality whilst also striking a salient and troublesome chord within contemporary public discourse. In the UK, the monitoring and promotion of ethnic equality has been of increasing concern of public and private sector employers. With the establishment of a single equalities body, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, efforts by social scientists and practitioners to grapple with the intersectionality of lived inequalities has found institutional expression. The aim of levelling playing fields, however, remains stubbornly illusive. This module provides students with a strong grounding in transnational issues and themes concerning social scientists and practitioners working to promote an equality and human rights agenda relating to racialised groups. It engages with discussions relating to migration, asylum and social inclusion, introducing students to a body of knowledge and practice associated with this agenda. The module facilitates engagement with local, national and international ideas, policies and structures influencing global citizenship in relation to race and ethnicity. It offers students the opportunity to develop relevant knowledge and skills to work to enhance the communities of which we are a part. The module promotes student enterprise, leadership and social responsibility.


Lecture 1 - Introduction Block 1: Racial inequality Lecture 2 - Racial inequality in the UK Lecture 3 - Racial inequality in Scotland Block 2: Constructing Race Lecture 4 - Colonialism: how race became a social fact Lecture 5 - Genes: Constructing Race in the 21 st century Block 3: Understanding Race Lecture 6 - Ethnicity and the Sociology of Race: pre 1982 Lecture 7 - Ethnicity and the Sociology of Race: post 1982 Block 4: Race and Global Insecurity Lecture 8 - Race, Globalization and Refugees Lecture 9 - Race, Multiculturalism and Islamophobia Block 5: The persistence of race Lecture 10 - Whiteness Lecture 11 - Review With mirror online lectures. Seminars

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:" analyse and interpret evidence relating to racial inequality " demonstrate knowledge of legislation and social policy relating to migration and social inclusion" understand the changing social construction of race in twenty-first century societies" exercise social entrepreneurship and a capacity to engage productively with groups and individuals delivering diversity and human rights outcomes in Glasgow and beyond

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching and learning will include a combination of face-to-face and online lectures supplemented by seminars providing the opportunity for students to 'learn by doing' through engagement with a variety of resources, including a suite of online materials. Contributions to an online discussion group hosted on GCU Learn will be used to foster an ability to engage in a critical way with key academic texts.

Indicative Reading

Ahmed, Sara (2012) On Being Included. Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. Durham and London: Duke University Press Andersson, Reuben (2014) Illegallity Inc: Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe. University of California Press. Bulmer, M. and Solomos, J. (eds) (2015) Multiculturalism, Social Cohesion and Immigration. Shifting Conceptions in the UK. Ethnic and Racial Studies Series. London: Routledge. Chimienti, Milena and Van Liempt, Ilse (2015) Super-diversity and the Art of Living in Ethnically Concentrated Urban Areas. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 22(1): 19-35. Goldberg, Theo (2009) The Threat of Race . Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism. Wiley-Blackwell. Hopkins, Peter (2008) Politics, Race and Nation: The Difference That Scotland Makes. In Claire Dwyer and Caroline Bressey (eds), New Geographies of Race and Racism , Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 113-24. Marfleet, P. (2006) Refugees in a Global Era . Palgrave Macmillan. Meer, Nasar (2014) Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity . Third edition. London: Sage. Murji, Karim and Solomos, John (eds) (2015) Theories of Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Russell, Lani (July 2014) Whiteness in Scotland: shame, belonging and diversity management in a Glasgow workplace. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 37(8): 1371-1390. Said, Edward (1978, 2003) Orientalism . London: Penguin. Schramm, K., Skinner, D. and Rottenburg, R. (eds) Identity politics and the New genetics. Re/Creating Categories of Difference and Belonging. New York: Berghahn Books: 30-52. Smith, Andrew and Simpson, Ludi (2015) In what ways is Scotland's ethnic diversity distinctive? In Jivraj, Stephen and Simpson, Ludi (eds) Ethnic Identity and Inequalities in Britain . The Dynamics of Diversity . Bristol: Policy Press: 93-106. Young, Robert J. C. (2015) Empire, Colony, Postcolony . Wiley Blackwell.

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Ability to analyse and synthesise information Capacity for self-directed learning Social entrepreneurship An ability to critically assess policy aims and outcomes Confidence in engaging with scholarly concepts and debates

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Online discussion group contribution, 600-800 words
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 n/a Essay - 3,000 words