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BA Sociology with Specialism in Race and Global Politics

Have you been racially profiled since birth? How are issues of race and ethnicity part of our contemporary global world? This elective specialism offers students the opportunity of developing literacy in theories, practices and debates within Race and Ethnicity Studies in relation to historical contexts and contemporary global politics.

Studies will develop a critical understanding of the ways in which understandings of race and ethnicity have been informed by, and inform, sociological enquiry; the ways in which race and racialism constitute a shifting category through articulation with other social divisions such as class, sexuality or gender in the context of social and political structures and practices. Discussions of raciality and ethnicity will also necessarily reference global and postcolonial sociology especially in relation to theories and practices of nationalism and transnationalism, and the role that these practices play in contemporary global politics

Structure by Year

You will follow the BA Sociology degree, including the specified core degrees, and your choice of optional modules for each year up to 120 CATS in total. The list below shows the number of CATS which are optional for each year, as part of your BA Sociology degree. To claim your specialism in Race and Global Politics you will complete 60CATS worth of modules and a 30CATS dissertation in this specialist area. Please see the box below for example modules in this specialism.

1st Year modules:

2nd Year modules:

3rd Year modules:

Optional modules for the BA Sociology with Specialism in Race and Global Politics

To claim your specialism in Race and Global Politics you will choose 90CATS worth of modules (including a 30CAT dissertation) in this specialist area. The options currently available for the 2017/18 year which could be chosen for the Race and Global Politics specialism are listed below and are indicative of the type of module list which will be available in future years.

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Third year:

Further information






What is a specialism?

You will be able to choose an elective specialisms and this elective can be added to your final degree title. You select these once you are already here and studying by following a pathway of optional modules and completing a dissertation in the relevant area. Selections of specialisms are confirmed at the beginning of your third year, so you can try a number of topics before choosing this route.

The electives can be chosen to concentrate on an area of particular interest or with a view to preparing for postgraduate study or entry to a particular field of employment. You will be taking a minimum of four modules related to the specialism and your dissertation project will explore research in the relevant specialism.