Module Overview

Combating Racism

This module aims to develop the student’s understanding of the concepts of ‘race’, racism and ethnicity and the theories underpinning these phenomena. It also aims to allow the student to reflect on their application in practice settings and wider society. Finally, the module aims to encourage the student to critique actions taken regarding racisms at an individual, workplace and national level.

Module Code

SSSC H4018

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

‘Race’, racism: theory and practice

• What is ‘race’? • The development of the race idea• Different types of racism – individual versus institutional• Racism and nationalism - the role of the State• Questions of identity – national and local

Ethnicity and identity

• Defining ethnicity• Racialising the other• Ethnicity and data collection• Case studies of Travellers/Roma• Whiteness as a category of difference

National and International Responses

• Irish legislation and government response• Migrant Integration Strategy/Intercultural Health Strategy/National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy• International Reaction : International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination• Racism and crime

Case studies and responses

• The reality of racism• ENAR Ireland and the ireport• Responses from the workplace, NGOs and at an individual level

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60