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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

COMM5866M Global migration, ‘race’ and media

30 creditsClass Size: 48

Module manager: Maitrayee Basu

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is mutually exclusive with

COMM3866Global migration, ‘race’ and media

This module is not approved as an Elective

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.


The module’s syllabus draws upon a wide range of academic fields and disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, critical human geography, and political science. Through linked lectures, seminars and screenings, the aims of the module are to allow students to develop an understanding and awareness of:

-public and academic debates surrounding migration, racism and difference and especially in terms of media, communication and culture.
-forms of popular culture that pertain to issues relating to migration, ‘race’, racism and the media
-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)

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Evaluate 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
2. Compare and contrast a range of theoretical frameworks to explore debates about issues relating to migration, racism, multiculture and difference
3. Critically analyse different theories, definitions and experiences of race and racialization, and to demonstrate an awareness of their intersections with gender, sexuality and class
4. Critically assess the respective insights and limitations of different conceptual frameworks and present this in the written assessments with clarity, accuracy, and coherence.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
5. Academic writing: The ability to write in a clear, concise, focused and structured manner in response to a set brief on migration, racism, multiculture and difference
6. Critical thinking: The ability to evaluate different pieces of scholarship from within the field of race, representation, migration and cultural studies in order to form a coherent, independent argument.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings51.507.50
Private study hours270.50
Total Contact hours29.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The students will receive formative feedback on their understanding of the module’s topics in seminars. Students also have the opportunity to receive additional feedback on their first assessment before the second assessment is due.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000-3500 words60.00
Report2000-2500 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits available through the original assessment method.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/05/2024 09:20:42


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