Race, Class and Gender

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 01 July 2022
07 October 2021


Requisites for this module
HU200, HU201



Key module for

BA L400PT Social Change

Module description

This course looks at the way different aspects of gender, race and class interact in relation to various forms of inequality and identity, and the different conceptual issues this has generated. The course is divided into four parts. The first considers the tradition of class analysis, and the problems that have confronted attempts to operationalise the concept of class; the second considers citizenship as an approach to inequality, based on the claims that individuals can (or cannot) make on the state; the third section looks at the way immigration has changed conceptions of social structure and the very nature of society; and the fourth considers the issue of identity as related to class, race and gender.

Module aims

By the end of the module you should have a good understanding of the concepts of race, class and gender, and of their interconnections in relation to different aspects of social inequality. You will have a basic grasp of some of the problems associated with class analysis; an understanding of citizenship rights in relation to inclusion and exclusion; some acquaintance with debates about an emergent post-national society; and an appreciation of the significance of ‘identity’ in each of these areas.

Module learning outcomes

You will have a basic grasp of some of the problems associated with class analysis; an understanding of citizenship rights in relation to inclusion and exclusion; some acquaintance with debates about an emergent post-national society; and an appreciation of the significance of ‘identity’ in each of these areas.

Module information

Please click on the link below to view the Introduction video to SC233 Race, Class and Gender

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching approach As there are still restrictions related to COVID-19 in place, some of the teaching on most modules will take place online. Most modules in Sociology are divided into lectures of around 50 minutes and a class of around 50 minutes. Some are taught as a 2hr seminar, and others via a 50-minute lecture and 2-hr lab. For the majority of modules the lecture-type content will be delivered online – either timetabled as a live online session or available on Moodle in the form of pre-recorded videos. You will be expected to watch this material and engage with any suggested activities before your class each week. Most classes labs and seminars will be taught face-to-face (assuming social distancing allows this). This module [SC233-5-FY] will include a range of activities to help you and your teachers to check your understanding and progress. These are: Three short recordings that cover the main debates; press cuttings that point to current issues of interest or illustrate a point from the recordings; key questions to think about; class discussion of a set of key questions for the week. I will circulate a set of questions for you to work through each week. These will not be marked, but we will go through the answers in the scheduled class time so you can check your understanding and accuracy. The lectures provide an overview of the substantive debates around the topic of the week, while the classes will give you the opportunity to reflect on your learning and actively engage with your peers to develop your understanding further. The weekly classes will take place face-to-face (unless there is a change in the current COVID safety measures). You are strongly encouraged to attend the classes as they provide an opportunity to talk with your class teacher and other students. The classes will be captured and available via Listen Again. However, if you want to gain the most you can from these classes it is very important that you attend and engage. Please note that the recording of classes is at the discretion of the teacher. Please note that you should be spending up to eight hours per week undertaking your own private study (reading, preparing for classes or assignments, etc.) on each of your modules (e.g. 32 hours in total for four 30-credit modules).


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay 1   17/12/2021  50% 
Coursework   Essay 2   25/03/2022  50% 
Exam  1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Lydia Morris, email:
Professor Lydia Morris
Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052



External examiner

Dr Monika Krause
London School of Economics
Dr Aneira Edmunds
School of Law, Politics & Sociology
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 38 hours, 38 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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