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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PRHS2333 Thinking About Race

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Ellen Clarke

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications


Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will examine questions about race from the perspective of philosophy, religion and history of science. We will examine philosophical questions surrounding thought and talk about races, the theological traditions of racialized thinking as well as of resistance to racism, and the history of scientific thinking about races.


The module aims to provide students with an understanding of way in which a variety of fields (Philosophy, Theology and History of Science) investigate and understand central issues surrounding race. It also aims to provide students with the basis for reflection on the interactions between the methods and approaches used in these different disciplines.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Show a good grasp of some central issues, arguments, and theories regarding race in philosophy, theology and history of science;
2. Show understanding of how these issues, arguments, and theories relate to one another;
3. Demonstrate the capacity to analyse arguments critically and develop their own

Skills outcomes
Interpreting philosophical, scientific and theological texts
Relating work from different disciplines
Critical philosophical analysis and evaluation


Topics studied may include (but are not limited to) the following:
• The metaphysics of race.
• Political philosophy and race
• Epistemological issues of race.
• The phenomenology of race
• Religious thought about race
• African approaches to race
• Relations between race, culture and ethnicity
• Biological science and racial categorisation
• Aesthetics and race

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Reading and seminar preparation: 30 hours
Essay preparation: 30 hours
Lecture preparation: 11 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Via seminar performance, essay, and discussions with the module leader outside of class time (e.g. in office hours).

Small group presentations in seminars and the chance to get personal feedback on a 400 word essay plan.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1200 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

* Students are required to submit all five reflective log pieces during the course of the module to pass. They then submit a single log, based on those, with a short linking introduction, for assessment at the end of the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:26:28


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