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SO124 - War, Memory and Society

  • Module code: SO124
  • Module name: War, Memory and Society
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module addresses racialized differences, their production and perpetuation, and their relation to the institutional orders of modern society. It is not a straightforward sociology of race and race-relations module. Rather it examines the racialized ordering of the world and of the ways of knowing that world. In this module, you will be asked to consider the historical contexts within which race emerges as a significant phenomenon; that is, the processes of dispossession, genocide, enslavement, and appropriation. These contexts are integral to the emergence also of the ‘modern world’ and yet have often been excluded from discussion of the making of the modern world. As such, the module examines both the emergence and development of structures of race (and related concepts such as caste and class), the centrality of race to the organization of our modern world, as well as the ‘sanctioned ignorance’ of these processes within standard disciplinary accounts of modernity.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: SO124-15)
A (Assessed work only) 2000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (X3Q5) - Year 2