Module Information

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Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment: 2,500 words  50%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:


  • understand and explain the nature of the post-Second World War immigration into Britain and Western Europe, and its economic and social consequences;
  • Identify educational issues which have emerged as a consequence of the above;
  • Able to explain the main causes of salient issues, such as: low achievement of some ethnic groups; problematic nature of personal and social identitites of second- and third-generation ethnic minority adolescents; and racism in schools;
  • Identify and evaluate factors within school organization which cause inter-ethnic conflict and work out strategies which can minimize tensions and promote harmony and respect for other cultures.

  • Acquire the sensibilities to reflect on their own feelings on sensitive issues such as racism and sexism;
  • Develop an appreciation of living in a multicultural society and show respect and tolerance for other cultures and 'world views';
  • Develop skills to deal with their own feelings which may arise due to congnitive dissonance of day-to-day living in a multicultual society.

Brief description

The main aim of the course is to deepen students' understanding of the multicultural natue of contemporary British society and its bearing on the education of all children. It examines the theories and practices underpinning multicultural educational policies in the United Kingdom and overseas.


  • to develop students' understanding of the cultural diversity in British society;
  • to consider the implications of cultural diversity for schooling;
  • to examine the theories and practices underpinning multicultural educational policies.


Among the issues examined are:

  • psychological, philosophical, and sociological perspectives on multicultural education;
  • Britain as a multicultural society;
  • the school curriculum and racism;
  • under-achievement;
  • bicultural identities;
  • racism and sexism;
  • home-school links in a multicultural society.

Reading List

Supplementary Text
Committee of Inquiry into the Education of Children from Ethnic Minority Groups. Education for all : the report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Education of Children from Ethnic Minority Groups; chairman: Lord Swann H.M.S.O. Primo search Ghuman, Paul A.Singh Asian Adolescents in the West BPS Books Primo search Ghuman, Paul A.Singh Asian Teachers in British Schools Multilingual Matters Primo search James, Alan The School in the multicultural society : a reader Harper and Row Primo search Tomlinson, Sally Multicultural Education in White Schools Batsford Primo search Verma, Gajendra K. Ethnicity and Educational Achievement in British Schools Macmillan Primo search

CLINE, T, DE ABREU, G, FIHOSY, C, GRAY, H, LAMBERT, H and NEALE, J (2002) Minority Ethnic Pupils in Mainly White Schools. University of Luton, Research Report No 365. DfES, London. Primo search DES (1985) The Swann Report: Education for All. London: HMSO Primo search DfES (2003) Aiming High: Raising the Achievement of Minority Ethnic Pupils. DfES: London Primo search EALAW/WAG (2003) EALAW Research Report on the Achievement of Ethnic Minority Pupils in Wales, WAG (weblink - Primo search GHUMAN, P A S (1999) Asian Adolescents in the West. Leicester: The British Psychological Society Primo search GHUMAN, P A S (1997) Asian Teachers in British Schools. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Primo search GILLBORN, D and MIRZA, H S (2000) Educational Inequality: Mapping Race, Class and Gender, A synthesis of research evidence. Institute of Education, University of London, Ofstead: London Primo search TOMLINSON, S (1994) Multicultural Education in All White Schools London: Routledge Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6