Sociology of 'Race' and Ethnicity: A Global Perspective

Second year module

Lecturer: Dr Gëzim Alpion

This module adds to the Introduction to Multiculturalism module by providing an economic and historical context to current debates, as well as an exploration of key contemporary issues.

It starts with an analysis of British imperialism, colonialism, the end of empire, and post-war reconstruction and race relations. It moves on to look at the politics of 'race' in the post-war era, with a focus on British ethnic minority settlement, community development, identity, racialisation, radicalisation, criminalisation and public policy.

Contemporary issues that follow are political participation and representation; citizenship, civil society and community cohesion; ethnic minority media and ethnic minorities in the media; ethnic minorities and the criminal justice system; ethnic minority education issues (social class, ethnicity, religion and culture - with special reference to South Asians in education in Birmingham); ethnic minority entrepreneurialism (ethnicity, commodification, competition and development - with special reference to the 'Baltis' in Birmingham).

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key themes, issues and debates relating to the study of 'race' and ethnicity within the discipline of Sociology
  • Analyse and discuss key writings of the founders of Sociology on 'race' and ethnicity
  • Think critically about 'race' and ethnicity as perennial social divisions and as contemporary forms, categories and sources of inequalities


  • Term One: 1 essay x 3,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 3 hour examination (50%)