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A History of Race and Genetics

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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This course, which chiefly approaches the topics of race and genetics from a historical perspective, also takes an interdisciplinary approach to include disciplines as diverse as philosophy, craniology and palaeoanthropology. Over the ten weeks the tutor will also discuss the topic of DNA and will explore the Out-Of-Africa theory in detail.

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Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest in the subject. No previous knowledge is assumed.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include group discussion, exercises, source analysis and presentation of material on video and/or DVD. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course.

Coursework and Assessment

Essays or other equivalent written assignments to a total of 1500 words demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material.

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

Ben-Jochannan, Yosef A.A. (1998). Africa: The Mother of Western Civilisation (Black Classic Press)
Diop, Cheikh Anta. (1997). The African Origin of Civilisation: Myth or Reality?, trans. And ed. Mercer Cook (Lawrence Hill Books)
Jackson, G, John. (1995). Introduction to African Civilisation (Carol Publishing Group)
Jones, Steve. (2000).The Language of the Gene (Flamingo, rev. ed.)
Jones, Steve.  (2000). Genetics (Flamingo)
Oppenheimer, Stephen. (2004). Out Of Eden: The Peopling Of The World (Constable and Robinson Limited)
Wade, Nicholas. (2010). Before The Dawn: Rediscovering The Lost History of Our Ancestors (Duckworth)
Watson, James.  (2004). DNA: The Secret Of Life (Arrow Books)

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.