Postgraduate taught 

Educational Studies MSc

Race, Racism and Social Justice in a Global Society EDUC51072

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course aims to illuminate how contexts concerning race and racism transpire institutionally within our society. Through the theoretical frameworks such a Critical Race Theory and Cultural Studies, the content provided focuses on mapping racism historically throughout British society over the last 80 years against a backdrop of culture and politics. This course will also consider the how racism has involved throughout British society particularly over the last 30 years while drawing on international examples from countries such as the US and South Africa. The course covers institutional sites of inequality such education, police, housing, and political representation.


This is a taught course, normally based on one lecture and one seminar each week that draws on expertise around race and racism. The course is supported by a carefully selected range of online resources, selected readings, and self-assessment exercises.

Excluded Courses





This course is assessed through a written assignment (25%) written assignment in the form of an essay (75%).

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with an understanding around the knowledge canon concerning the politics of race and racism within Britain, utilising a Critical Race Theory conceptual framework. The course focuses on key events that has shaped discourses concerning race and racism within British society including other relevant international contexts. The course aims to situate how hostile and racially violent times continue to impact Black and ethnic minorities within all of societies major institutions within the UK and beyond.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 


1. Recognise and be able to reflect upon and appraise how racism operates at the systemic level through major institutions, including education.

2. Examine white privilege and the power and centrality of this phenomenon.

3. Be able to synthesis forms of knowledge across the contemporary history of racism in the UK and its continued impact on people of colour.

4. Critically evaluate key concepts related to racism, including race, ethnicity, white privilege, nationalism, whiteness and populism.

5. Evaluate the impact of colonialism and Empire on Black communities in Britain over the last 100 years.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.