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SLSP3995 Ethnicity and Popular Culture

20 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Dr Hizer Mir and Dr Carly O'Neill-Barrett
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Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits at Level 1and 2 (40 in total) from a social science related discipline or the appropriate discovery theme.

Module replaces

SLSP3970 Diaspora and Cultural Hybridity

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces students to concept of ethnicity and popular culture. It provides a framework for which students can develop their understanding of ethnicity through popular forms of representation, film, literature and art. The course initially places ethnicity within its social context, so that the first few lectures focus on immigration, reaction and settlement issues. The course then focuses on how popular culture represents such experiences. Subjects covered will include:- theoretical perspectives on race, ethnicity, diaspora and cultural hybridity- immigration flows into Britain- social and political reaction to immigration- development of ethnic minority film in Britain- the development of black and South Asian music in Britain- Black feminist movement and this relationship two literature, African American Hollywood cinema, media representation and ethic minorities- African American women's literature.Contact: Dr Yasmin Hussain or


On completion of this module students should be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the recurring themes within the cultural representation of diasporic cultures including: immigration; marriage; racism; gender relationships; generational differences;
- demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives on ethnic identities, diasporic cultures and cultural hybridity;
- evaluate textual differences as related to the authors' gender in diasporic cutures;
- identify the formal diffrences between different forms of diasporic culture, i.e. novel, short story, poetry, films, paintings and photography;
- appreciate differences between written and visual texts for the purposes of the sociological analysis of diaspora and cultural hybridity;
- critically analyse representations in diasporic cultures.


- Theoretical perspectives on ethnicity, identity and diaspora
- Identity and cultural hybridity
- Ethnic minorities across generations in Britain
- Form and function of novel, short story and poetry in diasporic culture
- Minority perspectives and art
- Cinematic representations of the South Asian diaspora
- Black feminism and representations of gender in diasporic culture.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 4 hours reading per lecture: 44 hours
- 4 hours reading per seminar: 40 hours
- Preparation and writing for assessed work: 84 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- One group tutorial presentation, to be evaluated by peers, self and tutor
- Attendance at seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/08/2019


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