SSJ20160 Race and Racism: Critical Perspectives

Academic Year 2023/2024

Racism is a global structural force of oppression shaping hierarchies of superiority/inferiority and dehumanization. This module will critically analyse different theories and debates on the concepts of ‘race,’ racism and racialization, by focusing on their links to colonialism, capitalism, orientalism, state formation and nationalism. The course explores how racism intersects with other forms of oppression – such as sexism, classism, ageism, and ableism – as it shapes structural inequalities and everyday experiences of stigmatization and violence. Students will learn about the specificities of racism in Ireland, while also exploring global experiences. White privilege and colour-blind ideologies will be critically unpacked and analysed to understand why and how racism is constantly denied, minimized, or silenced. The final aim of the course involves mapping anti-racist experiences in Ireland and in other regions, assessing their strategies and limitations for achieving social change.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Develop theoretically informed understandings on the concepts of race, racialization, racism, and anti-racism.
2. Critically analyse the historical and contemporary links between race, racism, colonialism, capitalism, orientalism, and nationalism.
3. Recognize and analyse how racism shapes structural inequalities, exclusions, hierarchies, privilege, and violence in Ireland and in other regions.
4. Understand how racism intersects with other forms of oppression: sexism, classism, ageism, ableism.
5. Map and critically analyse anti-racist strategies, projects and organizations in Ireland and other regions.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; class discussions and activities. 
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: End of Trimester individual project. See guidelines on Brightspace Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: One multiple choice questionnaire. See guidelines in Brightspace. Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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?

There are two components of assessment: 1) Results from MCQ on Key concepts will be delivered online. 2) Final assigment feedback will be delivered to students

Name Role
Dr Karen Smith Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Ernesto Vasquez Del Aguila Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
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) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 10:00 - 11:50