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Race Ethnicity and Identity

Module Details for SOU33032 Race Ethnicity and Identity (Part 2 HT)

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • critically discuss theories of identity and nationalism;
  • compare and contrast immigration, citizenship and integration regimes in Western Europe;
  • account for the development of extreme right parties in Western Europe;
  • explain and discuss the implications of migrant protests and riots in Western Europe;
  • enhance your debating skills.

Module Content

States, Migration and Ethnicity aims to promote further reflection on the interactions between states, identity, ethnicity and race. First, we explore the origins and instability of racial categorisations and the universality of racist rhetoric, before investigating theories of identity and the origins of nations and nationalism.
We then investigate interactions between immigration and contemporary West European politics and society. We will cover the topics of citizenship policies, immigrant ‘integration’, the rise of far right parties, Muslims in Europe, asylum-seekers’ identities and protests and riots involving immigrants/minority groups.

Recommended Reading List

Students are required to do at least one reading for the lecture and one for the tutorial. While there are no textbooks for the module, the following two books will be extensively used.

  • Koopmans, Ruud, Paul Statham, Marco Giugni, and Florence Passy. 2005. Contested Citizenship: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Europe. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press
  • Messina, Anthony M. 2007. The Logic and Politics of Post-WWII Migration to Western Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Assessment Details

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