SP414      Half Unit
Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof 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 Migration and Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Social and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Development), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (LSE and Fudan), 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; Discrimination and the Role of the State I: Positive and Affirmative Action; Criminalisation and Incarceration; Discrimination and the Role of the State II: Legislative Frameworks, Diversity Management, and Service Delivery.


Courses in Social Policy will follow the Teaching Model which has been adopted by the Department of Social Policy during the period of the pandemic. This is outlined HERE: https://www.lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students/teaching-in-the-department-of-social-policy

This course will be taught through a combination of either a recorded lecture plus a follow-up Q and A session or a ‘live’ on-line lecture; and classes/seminars of 1-1.5 hours (with size and length of classes/seminars depending on social distancing requirements).

Further information will be provided by the Course Convenor in the first lecture of the course.

The course will be delivered in Michaelmas term.

Indicative reading

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


Essay (40%) and essay (60%).

The Summative Assessment consists of one Essay (40%) during the teaching term; and one essay (60%) after the end of teaching on the course.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2020/21: 29

Average class size 2020/21: 7

Controlled access 2020/21: 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