Module Catalogue 2019/20

GEO3153 : Geographies of Race and Nation

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Anoop Nayak
  • Lecturer: Professor Alastair Bonnett
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
GEO2103Development & Globalisation
GEO2110Social Geographies
Pre Requisite Comment

Students must have taken EITHER GEO2103 OR GEO2110

GEO2103 Development and Globalisation provides necessary background concerning globalisation and international knowledge

GEO2110 Social Geographies provides the necessary theories, concepts and literature for understanding how power and social inequalities are lived out across time and space

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



*To introduce students to contemporary debates on race, place and nation

*To critically interrogate the concept of race as a meaningful category in modern times

*To encourage students to develop independent learning skills through reading, research and writing on race and ethnicity

*To introduce students to contemporary debates and research on the international development of racial identities

Outline Of Syllabus


What is Race?
Geography and the Study of Race: The Imperial Tradition
Political Geographies of Race
Social and Cultural Geographies of Race
Race and the City
Rural and Coastal Racism: The Countryside, Suburbs and Seaside
Geography, Race and Whiteness
Postcolonial Geographies
Brexit, Race and Migration


International Aspects of the History and Development of the Race Concept
Racialisation and Modernities
Racialisation in India
Racialisation in Latin America
Racialisation and ethnicity in the Middle East
Racialisation in Russia
Racialisation in China and Japan
Anti-racism in Historical Perspective
Anti-racism in International Perspective

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students should have demonstrated:

•A critical understanding of the spatial and international dimensions of racialisation

•A familiarity with the literature on the spatial and international dimensions of racialisation

•An ability to apply concepts and ideas on race and racialisation to a variety of case studies

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module students should have demonstrated:

•An ability to research and work independently

•An ability to synthesise, compare and contrast literatures on the spatial and international dimensions of racialisation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1164:00164:00Assessment preparation an completion + Directed research and reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures provide basic information on the development of racial identities and introduce different historical and theoretical interpretations of the topic

2.Seminars and drop-ins provide students the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the lectures as well as to prepare for their take-away exams

Lectures provide a foundation of knowledge which is then further developed through seminars

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A502000 word take home exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assessment will require students to develop independent research skills, an ability to critically assess and analyze different source material presented in lectures, seminars and guided-reading; practice good writing skills and demonstrate an ability to develop a nuanced, convincing, evidence-based argument.t

Thewo take-away exam assessments will require students to think across the module, while utilizseing slightly different skills. The take-away exams will allow students a greater degree of flexibility in setting and developing their own topics of interest and engaging in more empirical or case study work detail. One exam will be set mid-way through the semester, the other at the end focusing on each lecturer’s material.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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