SOC07012 2017 Race, Ethnicity and Migration
This module explores the concepts of race and ethnicity as evolving in particular social, political and historical contexts, and in intersection with other social locations such as gender, sexuality and class. It introduces critical sociological understandings of the construction of ideas such as race, ethnicity and whiteness; as well as examining nationalism, the racial state and processes of racialization. Students will be introduced to the role of media in representing and re/producing race and ethnicity. Module content will be situated particularly in the context of debates around migration, race and belonging in contemporary Ireland and the EU. It will consider how borders and ‘difference’ are managed in Western states, and how these policies and structures are experienced in the lives of migrant and non-migrant people.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
- Discuss key sociological debates concerning race and ethnicity
Demonstrate understanding of critical race theory and whiteness
Evaluate the significance of nation and borders in processes of racialisation
Assess the role of media representations of race and ethnicity
Analyse the social implications of contemporary immigration, citizenship and integration policies in Ireland and the EU
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Lectures, class discussion, problem-based learning
Module Assessment Strategies
100% continuous assessment: Two Parts:
- 40% (Pairs) Present a critical analysis of selected news/ media texts with reference to course material
- 60% (Individual) 8 page Zine which communicates understanding, underpinned by theory, of a key theme from the module- using text and images
Repeat Project will be based on failed component(s).
Within this module the following topics will be explored, discussed and debated:
Defining Race and Ethnicity
Race and Racism in Ireland
Race, Nation and Whiteness
Immigration and Citizenship
Migration in the EU
Hybridity, Diaspora and Post Race
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Analysis/ presentation||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||40 %||Week 6||4,5|
|2||Zine||Project||Individual Project||60 %||Week 12||1,2,3|
Full Time Mode Workload
Anthias, F. (2006) Belongings in a Globalising and Unequal World: Rethinking Translocations. In N. Yuval-Davis, K. Kannabiran and U.M. Vieten (eds.) The Situated Politics of Belonging. London, Sage Publications
Back, L. and Solomos, J. (eds.) (2008) Theories of Race and Racism. London, Routledge.
Berger, J. A Seventh Man: Migrant workers in Europe. London, Verso Press
Crenshaw, B. (2002) The First Decade: Critical Reflections. UCLA Law Review 49: 1343-1379
Fleming, M. (2017) A Hope More Powerful than the Sea. Fleet
Garner, S. (2007) Whiteness: An Introduction. London, Routledge
Geddes, A. and Scholten, P. (2016) The Politics of Migration and Immigration in Europe (2nd edition). London, Sage Publications.
Hall, S., Evans, J. and Nixon, S. (eds.) (2013) Representation: Cultural representations and signifying practices. London, Sage Publications
Howard, M. M. (2009) The Politics of Citizenship in Europe. New York, Cambridge University Press
Kundnani, A. (2007) The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain. Pluto Press.
Lentin, R. and McVeigh, R. (2006) After Optimism? Ireland, Racism and Globalisation. Metro Eireann Publications
Martin Alcoff, L. (2015) The Future of Whiteness. Cambridge UK, Polity Press
Nayak, A. (2006) After Race: Ethnography, race and post-race theory. Ethnic and Racial Studies 29(3):411-430
Sassen, S. (2014) Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. Harvard University Press.
This module has a 3 hour delivery allocation which may evolve depending on student group.