This module provides a set of tools for deciphering how narratives are constructed around race, privilege and identity in society and how they shape perceptions that contribute to inequality and injustice. By looking at the legal and historical path of race, marginalisation and the privileged class, we will explore the dichotomies of ‘saviour and saved’, ‘parent and child’, ‘animal and human’, ‘light and dark.’ How are these concepts institutionalised in education, religion, the justice system and sexual politics? What makes these portrayals so entrenched in the process of development? How are they sustained? Through the lens of film, literature, music and media, this interdisciplinary course will teach you to identify and evaluate these 'stories' to understand their enormous influence on the distribution of power.
Please note module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
10 weeks of 2 hour workshops
Module assessment - more information
3,000 word essay (70%) 1,000 formative essay (15%) oral presentation (15%)