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HI2D4 - Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in Modern Britain

  • Module code: HI2D4
  • Module name: Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in Modern Britain
  • Department: History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

While there is currently great uncertainty surrounding issues of race and immigration in the post-Brexit era, it is impossible to deny the long history of migration into Britain. For example, Zig Layton- Henry summarised that ‘Throughout its history Britain, especially England, has been a destination for immigrants and refugees’ (The Politics of Immigration, 1992). Following an introductory overview of earlier migration movements to consider wider contexts, this 30 CATS undergraduate second-year option module examines the history of race, ethnicity, and migration in modern Britain. Beginning with the nineteenth-century migration of people fleeing poverty and the Great Famine in Ireland, it takes a roughly chronological approach by charting major events and debates, such as the 1919 race riots, various legislative measures designed both to limit immigration and improve ‘race relations’, anti-racism and the British Black Power movement, and ideas of ‘Britishness’ in multicultural Britain. Throughout, this module examines a wide range of key themes, particularly focussing upon the experiences of migrants, how immigration has influenced Britain and what it means to be British, and why immigrants from some countries appear to be more welcome than others. This module does not assume prior knowledge of the topic, and encourages students to engage with both the existing secondary literature and the wide range of sources available to conduct their own examination into this important and relevant aspect of modern Britain – including oral history interviews, songs, pamphlets, letters, police reports, government records, and other materials held by the Warwick University Modern Records Centre. This module will help students develop skills in source analysis, research, and writing and communicating ideas and arguments.

Principal learning outcomes

a) demonstrate a firm understanding, through written assessments and seminar discussions, of the main developments in modern British race, ethnicity, and migration history b) demonstrate an ability to critically analyse an array of different historical and interdisciplinary sources and approaches, and to evaluate a range of primary sources and their potential use to historians. c) demonstrate enhanced study, writing, and communication skills – both orally and in written work. d) exhibit a capacity for independent study skills, working to a deadline to concisely present complex ideas and arguments

Departmental link

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/students/modules/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HI2D4-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assignment 1: Oral participation/engagement 10%
  Assignment 2: Essay 10%
  Assignment 3: Essay 40%
  Assignment 4: Exam 40%
V3 (Visiting students only) Essay (2500 words) - Visiting Students Only (24 CATS, Term 1 and 2) 50%
  Essay (2000 words) - Visiting Students Only (24 CATS, Term 1 and 2) 33%
  Essay Plan (1000 words) - Visiting Students Only (24 CATS, Term 1 and 2) 17%
V4 (Visiting students only) Essay (3000 words) - Visiting Students Only (15 CATS, Term 2) 75%
  Essay Plan (1000 words) - Visiting Students Only (15 CATS, Term 2) 25%
VA (Visiting students only) Essay (3000 words) - Visiting Students Only (15 CATS, Term 1) 75%
  Essay Plan (1000 words) - Visiting Students Only (15 CATS, Term 1) 25%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional

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