SOC07012 2017 Race, Ethnicity and Migration

General Details

Full Title
Race, Ethnicity and Migration
Transcript Title
Race, Ethnicity and Migration
70 %
Subject Area
SOC - Sociology
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Susan McDonnell
Programme Membership
SG_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics

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.

Learning Outcomes

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 Assessments

Repeat Project will be based on failed component(s).


Indicative Syllabus

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

Media Representation

Immigration and Citizenship

Migration in the EU

Hybridity, Diaspora and Post Race

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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.

Additional Information

This module has a 3 hour delivery allocation which may evolve depending on student group.