Not available in 2019/20
SO482      Half Unit
Topics in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Suki Ali STC S102


This course is available on the MSc in Culture and Society, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy and MSc in Political Sociology. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course offers students a broad exposure to issues in the theory of race, racism and ethnicity as well as an opportunity to consider a range of contemporary instances in which the social and political problems arising from these factors of division have been manifested. It will offer a preliminary genealogy of race thinking connecting historical and theoretical work with new scholarly debates over multi-culture, diversity, genomics, postcolonialism, and human rights.


20 hours of seminars in the MT.

Reading week: week 6. Seminar length may be extended to three hours each depending on student numbers.

Formative coursework

Students have the option of writing a 3,000 word paper in preparation for the assessed essay.

Indicative reading

Appiah, Anthony (1996) Color conscious: the political morality of race, Princeton, N.J, Princeton University press; Ballhatchet, Kenneth (1980) Sex, Race and Class under the Raj, Weidenfeld and Nicolson; Barber, Butler, Judith P (2004) Precarious life: the powers of mourning and violence London, Verso; Cabral, Amilcar (2000) Return To The Source, Monthly Review;London, Hurst & Co; Eze, Emanuel Chukwudi (2001) Achieving our humanity: the idea of the postracial future, London, Routledge; Fanon, Frantz (1967) Toward The African Revolution, Grove; Fredrickson, George M (2002) Racism: a short history, Princeton, N.J, Princeton University Press; Jones, Greta (1980) Social Darwinism and English Thought, Harvester; Hannaford, Ivan (1996) Race: the history of an idea in the West, Washington, D.C. Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Haraway, Donna (1997) Modest¿Witness@Second¿Millennium, FemaleMan¿Meets¿OncoMouse: feminism and technoscience, New York, Routledge; London, Routledge; Kuhl, Stefan (1994) The Nazi connection: eugenics, American racism and German national socialism, New York, Oxford University Press (N. Y.); Lorimer, Doug (1978) Colour, Class and The Victorians, Leicester University Press; Mamdani, Mahmood (2004) Good Muslim, bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the roots of terror, 1st ed New York, Pantheon Books; Poliakov, Léon (1974) The Aryan myth: a history of racist and nationalist ideas in Europe, London, Chatto and Windus; Schiebinger, Londa (1994) Nature's body: sexual politics and the making of modern science, London, Pandora; Tapper, Melbourne (1999) In the blood: sickle cell anemia and the politics of race, Critical histories. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press;


Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the LT.

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

Two hard copies of the assessed essay with submission sheets on each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S116, no later than 16:30 on the second Thursday of LentTerm. An additional copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

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