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BSocSc Sociology
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BSocSc Sociology

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Multicultural Britain

Unit code SOCY30272
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Sociology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


Empire and the roots of migration; post-war labour migration; immigration and race relations legislation; urban unrest and community cohesion; Islamophobia and securitisation; new migrations and superdiversity; the Far Right and the White Working Class


NB - this is a new course for the 2013/14 academic year, and may be subject to minor changes.

The unit aims to:
- Introduce students to the key historical, social and political changes around post-war migration to Britain
- Examine contemporary transformations and patterns of migration and settlement in Britain
- Explore key policy formations around race, ethnicity and migration , in relation to inequality, integration and cohesion
- Critically engage with current challenges around race, ethnicity and difference in Britain

Learning outcomes

Students will (please delete as appropriate) be able to

Knowledge and Understanding: Trace the changing social, historical, policy and political contexts for post-war migration, settlement and race/ethnic relations in Britain; understand some of the changing dimensions of migration and settlement in Britain; engage with key contemporary challenges around race and ethnic relations

Intellectual skills: develop a clear historical understanding of the formation of multi-ethnic Britain and contemporary transformations; critically engage with key theoretical, empirical media and policy texts; conduct original empirical/archive work; debate and evaluate different approaches to equality, race and difference

Practical skills: research archival material; conduct empirical research; debate complex and sensitive issues; engage with policymakers; write short articles on research for publication

Transferable skills and personal qualities: engage with 'live' issues of race, ethnicity and equality; understanding of contemporary multicultural Britain; research skills; writing and oral presentation/debating

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly lectures/Seminars (3 hours) : to include workshops, outside speakers, original research (archive and interviews), video material, debates

Assessment methods

1 x 3,000 word essay (50%), and 2 hour end of semester exam (50%)

Students will also be required to complete a non-assessed essay halfway through the course.

Feedback methods


All sociology courses include both formative feedback – which lets you know how you’re getting on and what you could do to improve – and summative feedback – which gives you a mark for your assessed work.

Recommended reading

John Solomos (2003) Race and Racism in Britain (3rd edition) Palgrave
Derek McGhee (2005) Intolerant Britain? Hate, citizenship and difference, Open University
Derek McGhee (2008) The End of Multiculturalism? Open University
Paul Gilroy (2007) Black Britain: A Photographic History, SAQI
B. Parekh et al (2000) The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, Profile Books
N. Finney & L. Simpson (2009) 'Sleepwalking to Segregation'?, Policy Press

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
James Rhodes Unit coordinator

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