SP414      Half Unit
Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Coretta Phillips OLD.2.28


This course is available on the MSc in Criminal Justice Policy, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Development), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Migration), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations) and MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

All Social Policy Courses are ‘Controlled Access’. Please see the link below for further details on the allocation process.


Amongst non-SP students, preference will be given first to students on MSc International Migration and Public Policy and MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities.

Course content

Course looks at: 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, 15 hours of seminars and 2 hours of workshops in the MT.

In Week 6 there will be an essay-writing workshop.

Formative coursework

The formative essay will be a 2000 word essay.

Indicative reading

Sangeeta, C.,Flynn, R. (2019) Understanding 'Race' and Ethnicity: Theory, History, Policy, Practice. Bristol: Policy Press.

Murji, K. (2017) Racism, Policy and Politics. Bristol: Policy Press.

Jivraj, S. amd Simpson, L. (eds) (2015) Ethnic Identity and Inequalities in Britain: the Dynmaics of Diversity. Bristol: Policy Press.

Goldberg DT (2015) Are We All Postracial Yet?, Cambridge: Polity.

Bulmer, M. and Solomos, J. (ed.) (1999) Racism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Back, L. and Solomos, J. (eds.) (2000) Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader. London: Routledge.

Bloch, A., Neal, S. and Solomos, J. (eds) (2013) Race, Multiculture and Social Policy. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Bhattacharyya, G, Gabriel, J. and Small, S. (2002) Race and Power: Global Racism in the Twenty-First Century. London: Routledge.



The Summative Coursework will be a 4000 word essay.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

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