Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2089: Cultures of Race, Ethnicity and Racism

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


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

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Stuart Scrase (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will examine the ways in which anthropologists, sociologists and other scholars of critical race studies have explored and analysed how racial and ethnic identities are lived and experienced. It will argue that race and ethnicity are social constructs which have no biological foundations.  You will focus on ethnographic studies which examine minority and majority racial and ethnic identities both cross-culturally and in different socio-historical contexts. You will critically examine the theories and concepts used by anthropologists and sociologists to study the formation of ethnic and racial identities and racism.   You will complement this study with an exploration of social conditions where racism is challenged, and consider the possibility of a world beyond racial categorisation.

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