Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2072: Race Ethnicity and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2014/5 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Darren Schreiber (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Throughout history and across many contexts, racial and ethnic conflicts have often led to costly and bloody ends.  Why?  This course explores the origins and power of ethnic conflicts from a variety of perspectives: psychology, politics, economics, neuroscience, sociology, law, genetics, and neuroscience. With this diversity of evidence in mind, we will consider the degree to which our racial and ethnic divisions are a consequence of a more fundamental tendency to form coalitions, a tendency at the heart of politics in humans and other species.

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