Race, Ethnicity and Migration

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
15 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC L310 Sociology with Data Science,
BSC L311 Sociology with Data Science (including Year Abroad),
BSC L312 Sociology with Data Science (including Placement Year),
BSC L313 Sociology with Data Science (including foundation Year)

Module description

This module provides an introduction to theoretical, historical and contemporary debates around race, ethnicity and migration. It will engage students with substantive topics but will also practically illustrate the inner workings of research in the field through a practical 'Getting a feel for research' embedded in the module design. Thus, the module will aim to assist students interested in the topics of race, ethnicity and migration with the preparation of their undergraduate dissertations. the concepts of 'race' and 'ethnicity' are introduced. We focus on the deep implications that these notions carry for thinking about identity, culture, and social hierarchy; but also for studying ethnic tensions, prejudice and political mobilization.

We explore some broad patterns of international migration in historical perspective and examine how migration cohorts have changed over time. Traditional assimilation and integration theories are presented in relation to a variety of minority groups. Using both country-specific and cross-national studies, the dynamics of the processes of settlement and adaptation are considered in detail - moving from customs adoption and intermarriage to socioeconomic and spatial integration. Particular attention is paid to the challenges posited by global migration processes and the responses of local communities to the increasing diversification of the societies in which they are embedded. The concepts of 'race' and 'ethnicity' are introduced. We focus on the deep implications that these notions carry for thinking about identity, culture, and social hierarchy; but also for studying ethnic tensions, prejudice and political mobilization.

Module aims

To present a comprehensive overview of the academic and policy research in the area of ethnicity and migration both historically and in the present

To review and discuss country, and minority-specific case studies

To critically examine existing research on inequality and ethnic differences

To outline the synergy between research question and method with specific example in the field

Module learning outcomes

Students are acquainted with critical debates about the use and implications of different methods of gathering knowledge about minority communities - such as survey analysis, in-depth interviews, and ethnographies. One 3-hour 'getting a feel for research' Practical will be organized to facilitate methods illustration.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

9 one hour lectures, 9 one hour classes, 1 three hour practical


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay  12/02/2020  50% 
Coursework   Research Project   18/03/2020  50% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Neli Demireva, email:
Dr Neli Demireva
Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator, email: socugrad (Non essex users should add to create the full email address), telephone: 01206 873052



External examiner

Dr Monika Krause
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 21 (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).


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