Module Overview

Combatting Racism

The purpose of this module is to introduce the learner to the concept of ‘race’, racism, ethnicity and diversity, their origins, their evolution and the different ways in which they are theorised. It will raise the learner’s awareness of the problem of categorisation and the different meanings attributed to ‘race’, racism, ethnicity and diversity and aims to allow the learner reflect on their application in community development and youth work settings. The module will also aim to trace how ‘race’, ethnicity, culture and identity intersect with other social divisions such as nation, class, gender. Using Ireland as a case study it will enable the student to critically appraise measures taken to combat racism, at a State and local community development and youth work level. The module's final aim is to get the learner to design and analyse a response to racism in a community development or youth work setting.

Module Code

SACD H4015

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

A selection of the following themes will be covered. A wide range of sources will be used including case studies, films, media extracts to illustrate examples and stimulate discussion and reflection.

•The myth of racism and diversity as a new phenomenon in Ireland•‘Race’ as a category of difference•Development of the race idea•Theories of ‘race’•What is racism? : national and international definitions•Individual racism versus institutional racism•‘Race’ and State : the political domain•Racism and nationalism•Ethnicity and national boundariesEthnicity and data collection•Questions of identity and racialising the Other•How the Irish became white•Race in the legal sense•National Reactions such as the National Action Plan against Racism, NCCRI•Racial profiling in Ireland•‘Race’ and crime•International Reaction: UN and CERD (Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)INAR and the ireport•Case studies : the reality of racism and responses to combatting it

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)50
Formal Examination50