Ethnic Relations in Britain: historical and contemporary issues

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 20202

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

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 entreprenuerialism (ethnicity, commodification, competition and development - with special reference to the 'Baltis' in Birmingham).

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 1 x 3000 word summative essay (50%) plus 3 hour examination (50%)