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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMM3866 Global migration, ‘race’ and media

20 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Dr Sara Tafakori

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

COMM5866MGlobal migration, ‘race’ and media

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module engages with the theoretical, historical and contemporary perspectives on migration, race, racism and the media. The module will introduce students to global as well as more local frameworks of understanding concepts such as ‘race’ and ethnicity, and will offer an in-depth look into histories of colonialism and race-thinking. The class will encourage students to analyse these perspectives in and through media, communication and culture across a range of forms, including social media, video (film and television), music, and news.


To critically analyse public and academic debates surrounding migration, racism and difference and especially in terms of media, communication and culture. The module’s syllabus draws upon a wide range of academic fields and disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, critical human geography, and political science.

To critically analyse forms of popular culture that pertain to issues relating to migration, ‘race’, racism and the media

Developing an understanding of the role of different media (mobile, print) and how it plays a central role in the lived migrant experience (as distinct from non-migrant experiences).

Developing a critical understanding of key/defining concepts that have been used to frame/shape our understanding of how societies and people experience migration

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students should be able to
• Comprehend the ways in which key concepts such as migration, ‘race’, racism and difference have been understood by a range of scholars and in different disciplines
• Identify a range of theoretical frameworks to explore debates about
issues relating to migration, racism, multiculture and difference
• Understand different theories, definitions and experiences of race and racialization, and to understand their intersections of gender, sexuality and class
• Demonstrate comprehension of the respective insights and limitations of different conceptual frameworks and present this in the written assessments with clarity, accuracy, and coherence.


Weeks 1 to 5 introduce the students to key concepts and perspectives; weeks 5 to 10 provide critical analyses of specific issues pertaining to migration, race, and media. In each week (5-10), each seminar will be led by a student group presentation that provides an analysis of the key reading.
The syllabus below is indicative only due to this being a rapidly changing area.
• Problematizing whiteness. Understanding key concepts of racism, race and structural inequality.
• The historical development of ‘race’: the rise of race ‘science’
• Who counts as a migrant? Understanding migration as a concept
• The globalization of migration (in Europe) and legislation
• Media, refugees and citizenship
• Global racism and new technologies
• Diasporic and transnational media
• Multiraciality
• Everyday bordering and surveillance
• Migration and food
• Conclusion

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings51.507.50
Private study hours170.50
Total Contact hours29.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The period of private study will be a combination of critical and historical reading and the development of scholarly positions towards the preparation of an individual report and the submission of a long form essay.
Hours spent reading per week: 5 hours (X11 weeks)- 55 hours
Hours spent preparing for a report: 44 hours
Hours spent preparing for the long form essay: 71.5 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The students will receive formative feedback in seminars as well as film screenings via responses by staff to discussions of readings and of issues and debates that have arisen in the lecture and seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 28/04/2023 14:38:12


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