Module Catalogue 2022/23

GEO3153 : Geographies of Race and Nation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Anoop Nayak
  • Lecturer: Professor Alastair Bonnett
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
GEO2047Political Geography
GEO2103Development & Globalisation
GEO2110Social Geographies
Pre Requisite Comment

Any one of the following Stage 2 Human Geography modules (2022/23):

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

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

GEO2047 Political Geography provides a framework for debates on citizenship, immigration, geo-politics, nationhood and Brexit that are discussed in throughout the module

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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

•       To introduce students to contemporary debates on the international development of racial identities

•       To critically interrogate the concept of race as a meaningful category

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

Outline Of Syllabus


Introduction: What is Race?
Decolonizing Geography
Undoing White Privilege


Race and the City
Environmental and Rural Racism
Brexit, Race and Migration
*Assessment Guidance


Race and Modernities + Race and Ethnicity in India Race and Ethnicity in China, Japan and the Middle East
Race, Ethnicity and Colonialism in Malaysia + Race in Latin America Race and Ethnicity in Russia and the Ukraine
Anti-racism in International Perspective

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students should have demonstrated:

•       Knowledge and understanding of race as a social construct but one that has material consequences

•       Knowledge an understanding of the interrelationships between race, place and nationhood

•       Knowledge and understanding of the spatial and international dimensions of racialisation

•       A familiarity with the literature on geography and race, including the spatial and international dimensions of racialisation

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

Intended Skill Outcomes


•       An ability to synthesis contemporary literature and research on race and ethnicity

•       An ability to critically evaluate contrasting approaches to race, place and nation at national and international scales

•       An ability to present clear, evidence-based arguments

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Assessment guidance lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion267:00134:00Directed research, reading and composition of writing for assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00PiP if possible - Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00PiP if possible - Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery13:003:00Online assessment surgery support
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study162:0032:00Guided independent study preparation for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide a foundation of knowledge which is then further developed through small group teaching and assessment:

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

2.       Small group teaching and drop-ins provide students the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the lectures as well as to prepare for the assessment

3.       The extended assessment enables students to put learning skills into practice

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502000 word essay
Essay2M502000 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, small group teaching and guided-reading. They assessment aims to practice good writing skills and enable students to demonstrate nuanced, convincing, evidence-based arguments. The minor change to assessment this year, is to enable in-depth reading, critical thinking and strong writing skills that may be impeded by the change in regulations for take-away exams that require a short preparation time. The zero weighted pass/fail assessment is in keeping with other modules in Geography.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

We are looking to trial the module in 22-23 as 'long and thin' across both semesters. The rationale for this is threefold:

1. To enable Stage 3 dissertation students working on issues of race, ethnicity and migration to have access to literature, theories and concepts in race and ethnic studies.
2. To enable further time for critical thinking and reflection. We aim to hold 2 hour lectures every other week, with a seminar in between to generate opportunities for deep learning.
3. To encourage NINE DTP 1+3 applications in the area of race, ethnicity and migration (proposals are submitted for a mid-January deadline).

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.