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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5240M Racism, Decoloniality and Migration

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Ipek Demir

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will provide skills and knowledge to enable students to develop an advanced understanding of theoretical and conceptual debates as applied to particular substantive cases and examples within decolonial, racism, 'race' ethnicity and migration studies. The module will provide an advanced knowledge and understanding of racism, racial inequality and diversity in the context of global migrations. This will involve the acquisition of advanced knowledge relative to patterns of continuity and change in racism, ethnicity and migration and an awareness of the relationship between ethnic and cultural diversity and social inequality in relation to specific cases in a comparative context.


This module introduces students to competing ways of understanding theories of racism, 'race' and decoloniality in relationship to migration and culture. Teaching covers core concepts, problems and substantive cases in the formation of racism and decolonial thought in comparative global cultural contexts.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate an advanced specialist understanding of the key theories, debates cases studies in studies of racism, 'race', decoloniality and diaspora in the context of global migrations.
2. - Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts, information and techniques involved in the analysis of racism, 'race', diaspora and decoloniality in the context of global migrations.
3. - Display advanced abilities for critical thinking and in-depth comparative analysis of existing scholarship on racism, 'race', diaspora and decoloniality in global cultural contexts;
4. Demonstrate the ability to produce and present at an advanced level a piece of individual analysis of racism, 'race', diaspora or decoloniality in specific cultural contexts using appropriate conceptual frameworks, comparative approaches and critical inquiry.


Theories of racism, 'race', ethnicity and migration; the way in which process of the world-making can be the subject of decolonial investigations; decolonial viewpoints on 'race', culture and identity drawing on Black philosophical, political and social movements; comparative migration, race, ethnicity and integration contexts in North America and Europe, transnationalism, informality, precarity and trafficking as key issues in international migration; the 'crisis of multiculturalism', the increasing salience of religious identities in relation to ethnicity and racism, the rise and nature of Islamophobia and ethnic conflicts in times of social crisis and the 'war on terror'; critical analysis of the ways in which whiteness comes to be established as a hegemonic set of social relations through the material, symbolic and affective relations enacted through imperial capitalism, as well as an analysis of the way it is resisted and re-signified through anti-racist and decolonial practices and movements.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning111.0011.00
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation and reading for learning units, tutorials and assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Opportunities for formative feedback and the monitoring of student progress will be through seminar preparation and participation and attendance at open doors.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 27/07/2022


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