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Researching Race and Ethnicity

  • Module code: SO5009
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: Year 5
  • Credits: 30.00
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

This module focuses on historical and theoretical conceptualisations and methodological approaches to researching ‘race' and ethnicity in contemporary society. Key questions that are interrogated on the module are: In what ways do the researcher and participants' racial and ethnic identities impact on the research process? In what ways are race and ethnicity shaped, and in turn shape, the experiences of class, gender, sexuality and religion? How do they intersect with other forms of social difference to affect relations of power and privilege? What are the ethical dilemmas of doing such research? How are different social contexts shaped by, and shape, race and ethnicity? What are the ways in which individuals, groups and communities challenge racism in order to raise awareness and contribute to social change? Throughout the module students will work to expand their critical thinking and research skills, make meaningful connections between theoretical concepts and lived experience, and to better understand how experiences of race and ethnicity interact with broader social structures.

Aims

  • To introduce students to historical and contemporary theoretical debates around race and ethnicity
  • To examine and clarify the concepts of race and racism, ethnicity and difference in sociological context
  • To develop students' working knowledge and critical awareness of existing research on race and ethnicity
  • To investigate experiences of race and ethnicity by applying and building on students' existing research skills
  • To consider the various ways that individuals, groups and communities have resisted and challenged racism

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Critically engage with historical and contemporary theoretical debates around race and ethnicity
  • Critically reflect on concepts such as race and ethnicity, racism and difference in contemporary societies
  • Analyse how social contexts, spaces and relations shape and are shaped by race and ethnicity
  • Apply research skills to investigate experiences of race and ethnicity
  • Critically consider challenges and forms of resistance to racism
  • Expand research skills applicable to future study and employability

Curriculum content

  • Race and ethnicity in everyday social life
  • Categorisations of ‘race' and ethnicity
  • Dilemmas in researching ‘race' and ethnicity
  • Intersectional analyses
  • Visual representations
  • Critical whiteness
  • Multiculturalism
  • Urban diaspora
  • Race and ethnicity in institutions
  • Challenging racism
  • Political representations
  • Race and ethnicity in popular culture

Teaching and learning strategy

This module is organised around a weekly three-hour workshop. In the first two hours of the workshops, these will provide you with a combination of contextualisation and explanation of theoretical concepts and methodological approaches to researching race and ethnicity. In-class exercises will consist of small group activities, discussion of readings and media presentations that will allow you to individually and collectively engage with and work through the course material in order to achieve the aims and outcomes of the module.The third hour of the workshops will be used for small group tutorials such as on assessment preparation and feedback and critical reading groups that address in-depth both academic and popular texts on race and ethnicity.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive KIS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Workshops (3hrs x 22 weeks) 66
Guided independent study Research Project 234
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

You will complete three summative assessments for this module: a Critical Reflection based on your visit to an exhibition at a gallery in London; a short Research Project, based on a topic of interest that addresses issues of race and ethnicity; and a Research Proposal for the preparation of the Level 6 Dissertation, which you will undertake the following year. You will also have the opportunity to complete a formative draft research proposal before you undertake the Research Project in order to get feedback on your initial ideas.

Critical Reflection: 1000 words (25%)

Draft Research Proposal (formative)

Research Project: 3000 words (60%)

Dissertation Proposal: 500 words (15%)

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
Critically engage with historical and contemporary theoretical debates around race and ethnicity Critical reflection Research project
Critically reflect on concepts such as race and ethnicity, racism and difference in contemporary societies Critical reflection Research project
Analyse how social contexts, spaces and relations shape and are shaped by race and ethnicity Critical reflection Research project
Apply research skills to investigate experiences of race and ethnicity Research project
Critically consider challenges and forms of resistance to racism Critical reflection Research project
Expand research skills applicable to future study and employability Research Project Dissertation research proposal

Breakdown of Major Categories of Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment Name Assessment Weighting
CWK Dissertation proposal 15
CWK Critical reflection 25
CWK Research project report 60
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS NOT a requirement that any major assessment category is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module

Bibliography core texts

Back, L. and Solomos, J. eds. (2009) Theories of Race and Racism (2nd Edn). London: Routledge.

Gunaratnam, Y. (2003) Researching 'Race' and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power. London: Sage.

Hill Collins, P. and Solomos, J. eds. (2010) Sage Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies. London: Sage.

Bibliography recommended reading

Ahmed, S. (2012) On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. Durham: Duke University Press.

Back, L. and Solomos, J. eds. (2009) Theories of Race and Racism (2nd Edn). London: Routledge.

Bhavnani, R., Mirza, H. S. and Meetoo, V. (2005) Tackling the Roots of Racism. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Bulmer, M. and Solomos, J. (eds) (2004) Researching Race and Racism. London: Routledge.

Carrington, B. 2001. Race, Sport and British Society. London: Routledge.

Chilisa, B. (2012) Indigenous Research Methodologies. London: Sage.

Crenshaw, K. (1991) Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women. Stanford Law Review 43(6): 1241-1299.

Davis, A. Y. (1981) Women, Race and Class. New York: Random House.

Du Bois, W. E. [1903] 1994. The Souls of Black Folk. Chicago: Dover Thrift.

Dossa, P. (2009) Racialized Bodies, Disabled Worlds: Storied Lives of Immigrant Women. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Dwyer, C. and Bressey, C. (eds) (2008) Geographies of Race and Racism. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Essed, P. and Goldberg, D. T. (2002) Race Critical Theories: Text and Context. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Fanon, F. (1967) Black Skin, White Masks Translated by C. Markmann. New York:  Grove Press.

Frankenberg, R. (1993) White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Gilroy, P. (2007) Black Britain: A Photographic History. London, Saqi.

Gilroy, P. (1987) There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack. London: Hutchinson.

Hall, S. (ed). (1997) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. London: Sage.

Hill Collins, P. 2000. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (2nd Edn).New York: Routledge.

hooks, b. (2000) Where We Stand: Class Matters. New York: Routledge.

hooks, b. (1990) Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics. Boston, MA: South End Press.

Lewis, G. 2000. Race, Gender, Social Welfare: Encounters in a Postcolonial Society. Cambridge: Polity.

Liamputtong, P. (2010) Performing Qualitative Cross-Cultural Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lorde, A. (1984) Sister/Outsider: Essays and Speeches. New York: Crossing.

Mirza, H. S. (2009) Race, Gender and Educational Desire: Why Black Women Succeed and Fail. London: Routledge.

Mirza, H. S. (1992) Young, Female and Black. London: Routledge.

Modood, T. (2013) Multiculturalism (2nd Edn). Cambridge: Polity.

Puwar, N. (2004) Space Invaders: Race, Gender and Bodies Out of Place. New York: Berg Publishers.

Raj, D. (2003) Where are you from? Middle-Class Migrants in the Modern World.

Solomos, J. (2003) Race and Racism in Britain (3rd Edn). London: Palgrave.

Song, M. (2003) Choosing Ethnic Identity. Cambridge: Polity.

Stanfield, J. H. II (ed) (2011) Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Ware, V. (1992) Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History. London: Verso.

Winddance Twine, F. and Warren, J. W. (eds) (2000) Racing Research Researching Race: Methodological Dilemmas in Critical Race Studies. New York: New York University Press.

Yuval-Davis, N. (2012) The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations. London: Sage.

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