FS20230 Race & Migration in Media

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will examine the cultural and ideological constructions associated with media representation. It will analyse the role that news, film and social media play in shaping, reflecting and challenging the social construction of race and ethnicity. Drawing insights from critical race, postcolonial, feminist and intersectional theories, the module engages with contemporary topics such as racialisation, migration and the news, racial bias in algorithms, #BlackLivesMatter and debates on post-race. It will explore questions related to the political economy of media production, such as who owns the media? Who is behind media texts? What institutional characteristics and limitations underlie the production of texts? Overall, the module will provide students with a critical understanding of the politics of racial representation and power systems across the globe.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Demonstrate understanding of key theoretical and critical concepts and debates around race, media, social justice and relevant theories related to race and identity.

Develop a more sophisticated understanding of the media culture by analysing various processes: production, textual analysis, and reception.

Improve critical skills when analysing media messages and develop a greater ability to participate in constructive dialogues over the relationship between the media, race, and ethnicity.

Develop an understanding of the connections between race, ethnicity and other social divisions – gender, class and sexuality.

Develop well-structured and supported arguments using appropriate academic conventions and scholarly practices.

Contribute to class discussions about race, social justice and media, drawing both from key theoretical concepts and their own personal experiences and observations.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to the Module & Assessment
Key Concepts: Race and Racism
A History of Whiteness and Colonial Legacies
The Political Economy of Hollywood Cinema and Film
Race and Media Representation
Race, Migration and the News
Colourism and Stereotypes
Data Bias: Algorithms and Discrimination
Race, Class, Gender and Sex: the Media and Intersectionality
(Re)Constructing Race: Anti-Racism and Decolonisation
Digital Representation: Social Networks and Cultural Platforms

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Reflective learning
Engaged and critical reading
In-class peer/group activities
Social media use and engagement 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Annotated Bibliography of 4 texts. Each annotation must include a text summary, key arguments, contributions to knowledge and student personal reflections (1000 -1500 word length). Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay: 2000-2500 word essay based on the concepts, issues and theoretical frameworks covered over the course of the module. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Ms Ciara Dempsey Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 15:00 - 15:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33 Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Workshop Offering 3 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Workshop Offering 4 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33 Tues 14:00 - 14:50