Not available in 2023/24
SP414      Half Unit
Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy

This information is for the 2023/24 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 follow the Teaching Model outlined on the following page:

All teaching will be in accordance with the LSE Academic Code ( which specifies a "minimum of two hours taught contact time per week when the course is running in the Michaelmas and/or Lent terms". Social Policy courses are predominantly taught through a combination of in-person Lectures and In person classes/seminars. Further information will be provided by the Course Convenor in the first lecture of the course.

This course is taught in MT.

Indicative reading

  • Williams, F. (2021) Social Policy: A Critical and Intersectional Analysis. Oxford: Polity.
  • Byrne, B., Alexander, C., Khan, O., Nazroo, J.  and Shankley, W. (eds.) 2020. Ethnicity, Race and Inequality in the UK: State of the Nation, Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Tajmazinani, A. A. (2021) Social Policy in the Islamic World. Basinsgtoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bhattacharyya, G., Elliott-Cooper, A., Balani, S., NiÅŸancıoÄŸlu, K., Koram, K.., Gebrial, D., El-Enany, N. and de Noronha, L.(2021) Empire's Endgame: Racism and the British State. London: Pluto Press.
  • Back, L. and Solomos, J. (eds.) (2022) Theories of Race and Racism A Reader. London: Routledge.
  • Solomos, J. (ed.) (2022) Race, Ethnicity and Social Theory. London: Routledge.
  • Murji, K. (2017) Racism, Policy and Politics. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Sangeeta, C., Atkin, K., Craig, G. and Flynn, R. ( (2019) Understanding 'Race' and Ethnicity: Theory, History, Policy, Practice. Second Edition. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Rattansi, A. (2020) Racism: A Very Short Introduction. Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Essay (35%) and essay (65%).

The Summative Assessment consists of one Essay (35%) during the teaching term; and one essay (65%) after the end of teaching on the course.

Student performance results

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 27.8
Merit 61.1
Pass 10
Fail 1.1

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2022/23: 36

Average class size 2022/23: 18

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

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Course selection videos

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Personal development skills

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