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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2120: Philosophy and Sociology of Race

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Do Races Exist? Biological Realism, Constructivism, and Skepticism
  • ‘Race’ Eliminativism
  • Racial Classifications in Medicine: what’s the use?
  • Definitions of Racism: Psychological, Structural, Intersectional, Monism, and Pluralism
  • Expressions of Racism: Epistemic Injustice, Privilege, Colour-Blindness, and Social Dynamics
  • Racism in Practice: Black Lives Matter, Reparations, and Social Justice


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 22Weekly 2-hour lectures/seminars or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar.
Guided independent study83Private research in preparation for essay writing and written exam. Instructions will be given via ELE.
Guided independent study45Private study: reading the assigned material for classes and additional readings

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).