Race and Ethnicity MA

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  • Academic title
    Race and Ethnicity MA
  • Course description
    This programme provides students with an advanced grounding in the theories of race and ethnicity, methodological approaches to researching the field, and advanced level discussion and debate of current race and ethnicity debates, and the political and social context in which such debates occur.

    Taught by leading experts in the field of race and ethnic studies this leading edge programme offers a contemporary overview of this changing field of scholarship and research.  The Department of Sociology has a strong research and teaching focus on the core issues covered by this programme, particularly through the work of the Centre for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (CSRE). The Department also houses the Information Centre on Asylum and Refugees (ICAR)

    The programme is well suited to individuals who wish to extend, deepen, update and sharpen their knowledge and understand current debates in race and ethnicity, and to undertake an extended piece of original research. This programme covers the most significant recent developments in theories of race and ethnicity, as well as contemporary debates about global migration, multiculturalism, transnationalsim and refugees. In addition the programme will enable students to specialise in particular areas of interest, developing their critical skills and advancing their knowledge of key contemporary social issues.

    Students will develop an understanding of the ways in which theory and debates in this area develop and change, skills in critical social understanding and techniques of social enquiry through varied teaching methods. The skills that students develop in research techniques will enable them to gather, analyse and use a wide range of social data.

    The Department also has a number of research students working in this field and we envisage that a number of students on the master's programme may wish to continue their doctoral studies with us.

    Modules: MA Race and Ethnicity

    Students complete six taught modules from a combination of three compulsory core and three elective modules. Students also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce a dissertation over the summer period.

    Core Modules – compulsory

    SGM109    Rights, Multiculturalism and Citizenship
    SGM229    Theories of Race and Ethnicity
    SGM222    Approaches to Social Research
    SGM111    Dissertation

    Elective Modules – choose three from this list

    SGM014    Forced Displacement, Resettlement and Social Transformation

    SGM101    Globalisation: Challenges and Transformations

    SGM106    The Sociology of Human Rights

    SGM108    Comparative Gender Rights

    SGM116    An Introduction to Refugee Studies

    SGM117    Refugee Rights and Refugee Settlement

    SGM118    Crimes Against Humanity

    SGM119    Transnational Policing

    SGM201    Contemporary Issues in Social Theory

    SGM224    Media and Human Rights

    SGM226    Political Sociology

    SGM228    Current Issues in Sociology

    SGM232    Crime and Justice

    SGM233    Global Migration

    SGM234    International Human Rights Law  

    SGM235    Media, Crime and Culture

    SGM236    Security and Crime

    Courses taught by Centre for International Politics

    IPM004      Global Conflict and Security

    IPM005      International Organisations in Global Politics

    IPM006      NGOs, Human Rights and the United Nations System

    IPM008      Theories of International Politics

    IPM009      Development and International Politics

    IPM010      Political Islam in Global Politics

    NB. Elective modules choices are subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

    Programme Structure: MA Race and Ethnicity

    Mode of Study

    Students may take the MA programme on a full or part time basis.


    Teaching is delivered in the format of lectures, classes and seminars, taking place in the first and second academic periods (September-April).

    Full-time students will normally attend for two or three days a week, and complete their dissertation in the third academic period.

    Part-time students will normally attend for one or two days each week  for two years. In the first year they will take two core modules in the first academic period and two optional modules in the second academic period. In the second year they will take one core module in the second academic period, one optional module in the second academic period and complete their dissertation.


    The dissertation of 15,000 words carries 40% of the total marks towards the MA degree. Full time students should present their dissertations by September of the year following entrance.

    The weighting of the marks is as follows:

    Continuous assessment (coursework) 60%

    Dissertation 40%

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