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School of Politics and International Relations

POL377 Race and Racism in World Politics

(POL377A - Autumn)

Level: 6

Credits: 15 credits

Semester: A

Contact: TBC

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: None

Compulsory for: None

Associate availability: Full year and Autumn


This module will introduce students to the theoretical and practical importance of race and racism in the historical construction of modern world order. The module will also enable students to assess the continued – and possibly transformed - significance of race and racism for contemporary world politics.  Tackling the various topics in the module, students will re-examine a number of concepts and issue areas all of which hold contemporary importance for the International Relations discipline (IR). Although the focus of the course is on political issues, adequately analysing “race” nevertheless requires an inter-disciplinary approach that combines work undertaken in anthropology, history, sociology and literature. Students will therefore also benefit from an inter-disciplinary approach to key issue areas in IR.

Assessment: 1 x 2000 word Research Essay 50%, 1 x Group Presentation Report (20%) and 1 x 1000 Conversation Piece (30%)