SA4B8      Half Unit
Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Coretta Phillips OLDM2.27


This course is available on the MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy), MSc in Social Policy (Research) and MSc in Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course will be capped at 15 students, with preference given first to students on MSc programmes in the Department of Social Policy, then from MSc International Migration and Public Policy and MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities. If spaces are still available, students from other MSc programmes, where regulations permit, will be selected on a first come first served basis.

Places for this course will be allocated on a ballot basis.


Course content

Understanding Key Concepts; Disciplinary Frameworks; Migration and Citizenship, Theorising Multiculturalism; Ethnic Settlement and Housing Inequalities; Education; Employment, Poverty and Underclass; Criminalisation and Incarceration; Discrimination and the Role of the State I: Positive and Affirmative Action; Discrimination and the Role of the State II: Legislative Frameworks, Diversity, and Service Delivery.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours and 30 minutes of lectures in the ST.

In Week 6 there will be a reading week.

Formative coursework

2000 word essay due in in Week 7.

Indicative reading

Craig et al. Understanding 'Race' and Ethnicity: Theory, History, Policy, Practice, 2012,  D.T Goldberg The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism, 2009, A. Bloch and J. Solomos Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century, 2009, B Bagilhole, Understanding equal opportunities and diversity, 2009; P Ratcliffe, 'Race', Ethnicity and Difference: Imagining the Inclusive Society, 2004; J Solomos & L Back, Racism and Society, 1996; P Gilroy, After Empire: Melancholia or Convivial Culture?, 2004; J Solomos, Race and Racism in Britain, 2003; G Bhattacharyya, J Gabriel & S Small, Race and Power: Global Racism in the Twenty-First Century, 2002; L Back & J Solomos Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, 2000; H S Mirza, Black British Feminism: a Reader, 1997; M Mac an Ghaill, Contemporary Racisms and Ethnicities: social and cultural transformations, 1999.


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in January.

The summative essay will be due in on the first Monday of LT.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 6
Merit 68
Pass 26
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 22

Average class size 2014/15: 23

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills

Course survey results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

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

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 89.6%



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