PRHS2333 Thinking About Race

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  • Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View timetable
  • Credits: 10
  • Class Size: 100
  • Module Manager: Ellen Clarke
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  • Pre-Requisite Qualifications: None
  • This Module is approved as a Discovery Module
  • This module replaces None

Discovery module overview

Module Summary

Module Summary

This module will examine questions about race from the perspective of philosophy, religion and history of science. We will examine philosophical questions surrounding thought and talk about races, the theological traditions of racialized thinking as well as of resistance to racism, and the history of scientific thinking about races.


The module aims to provide students with an understanding of way in which a variety of fields (Philosophy, Theology and History of Science) investigate and understand central issues surrounding race. It also aims to provide students with the basis for reflection on the interactions between the methods and approaches used in these different disciplines.


Topics studied may include (but are not limited to) the following:
• The metaphysics of race.
• Political philosophy and race
• Epistemological issues of race.
• The phenomenology of race
• Religious thought about race
• African approaches to race
• Relations between race, culture and ethnicity
• Biological science and racial categorisation
• Aesthetics and race

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • 1. Show a good grasp of some central issues, arguments, and theories regarding race in philosophy, theology and history of science;
  • 2. Show understanding of how these issues, arguments, and theories relate to one another;
  • 3. Demonstrate the capacity to analyse arguments critically and develop their own

Skills Outcomes

Interpreting philosophical, scientific and theological texts
Relating work from different disciplines
Critical philosophical analysis and evaluation

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching


Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Essay 1200 words 50
Reflective log 1000 words based on 5 x 400 word logs + 200-word "linking intro' on submission" 50
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 100

Private Study

Reading and seminar preparation: 30 hours Essay preparation: 20 hours final reflective log assignment preparation: 10 hours Lecture preparation: 11 hours Reflective writing: 13 hours

Progress Monitoring

Via seminar performance, essay, and discussions with the module leader outside of class time (e.g. in office hours).

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Lectures 11 1 11
Seminars 5 1 5
Private Study Hours 84
Total Contact Hours 16
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 100

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