The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Suki Ali STC S102

Dr Nazia Hussein STC S207 


This course is available on the BSc in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Optional Course for BSc Sociology for 2nd and 3rd years and the Diploma in Sociology.

Course content

The course provides an introduction to theoretical, historical and contemporary debates around race, racism and ethnicity. It firstly explores the main theoretical perspectives which have been used to analyse racial and ethnic relations, in a historical and contemporary framework. It then examines in more detail the areas both theoretical and lived within our contemporary social and political climate where analyses of ‘race’, racism, culture, belonging and identity are urgently needed, focusing primarily on Britain, Europe and the US. Topics include: race and ethnicity in historical perspective; race, class and gender multiculturalism; diaspora and hybridity; whiteness; mixed race; race, disease and contamination; race and the senses; race and popular culture; urban multiculture and the street; race, riots and youth culture; community cohesion; Muslim identities; asylum and new migrations; the Far Right and the white working class.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Reading weeks: week 6 (MT) and week 6 (LT)

Formative coursework

Reading logs in addition to formative essay.

Indicative reading

L Back & J Solomos (Eds), Theories of Race and Racism (2nd Edition, Routledge 2009); M Bulmer & J Solomos (Eds), Racism (OUP 1999); M Banton, Racial Theories (CUP 1998), J Solomos & L Back, Racism and Society (Macmillan 1996), R Miles, Racism after Race Relations (Routledge 1993); J Bulmer & J Solomos (Eds), Racial and Ethnic Studies Today (Routledge 1999); H Mirza (Ed), Black British Feminism (Routledge 1997); K Owusu (Ed), Black British Cultural Studies (Routledge 1999); D T Goldberg, Racist Culture (Blackwell 1993); P Gilroy, There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack (Hutchinson 1987); J Donald & A Rattansi (Eds), Race, Culture and Difference (Sage, 1992); J Solomos, Race and Racism in Britain (3rd edn), (Palgrave, 2003); P Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought (Routledge 1991); CCCS, The Empire Strikes Back (Hutchinson 1982); B Hesse (Ed), Un/Settled Multiculturalisms (Zed 2000); A Sharma, J Hutnyk & A Sharma (Eds), DisOrienting Rhythms (Zed 1996), D T Goldberg (Ed), Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader (Blackwell 1994); D McGhee, The End of Intolerant Britain? (Open University Press 2005); D. McGhee, The End of Multiculturalism? (Open University Press 2008); N Finney & L Simpson, Sleepwalking to Segregation? (Policy Press 2009); P.H. Collins & J. Solomos (eds) Sage Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies (Sage 2010)


Exam (30%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (45%, 2000 words) in the ST.
Other (25%) in the LT.

Two hard copies of each assessment of 2000 words, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S116, no later than 16:30 on the submission day. The first assessed literature review is due on the first Thursday of Lent term and the second assessed essay is due by the third Thursday of Summer Term.  An additional copy of each assessment is to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day each essay is due.

Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.

Student performance results

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

Classification % of students
First 14.9
2:1 50.7
2:2 26.9
Third 1.5
Fail 6

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2015/16: 27

Average class size 2015/16: 14

Capped 2015/16: Yes (30)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Course survey results

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 75%



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