Module Catalogue 2020/21

GEO3153 : Geographies of Race and Nation

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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
GEO2103Development & Globalisation
GEO2110Social Geographies
Pre Requisite Comment

It is important that students have a grounding in at least one of the following modules:


GEO2103 Development and Globalisation provides necessary background concerning globalisation 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.
GEO Political Geography is particularly relevant to 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 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

The module will engage with a number of topics including:


What is Race?
Decolonising Geography: Uncovering and challenging the imperial roots of the discipline
Race, Place and Whiteness


Race and the City: Metropolitan encounters and everyday multiculturalism
Rural Racism: The Countryside, Suburbs and Seaside
Left behind Places: Brexit, Race and Migration


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:

• An understanding of race as a fictitious idea that holds material consequences

• 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 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 independently compare and contrast international contexts

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1164:00164:00Assessment preparation, directed research and writing completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

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

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 assessments will require students to develop independent research skills, an ability to critically assess and analyse 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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 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 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.