The Unit is established to serve as a forum for providing multi-disciplinary education about race with the objective of promoting the values of equality, human dignity and common citizenship on African continent and more particularly in a South African context.
More specifically, the Unit seeks to promote critical understanding of:
- race and racial identities as historically contingent social and political formations that have material implications;
- concept racialisation, including the parts played by the state and social actors in racialising social relations; racism;
- connections between race and social, political and economic exclusion ;
- intersectionalities between race and other identities or associational categories such as disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion and sexuality; and
- legal and human rights approaches for addressing racism and promoting equality, human dignity and common citizenship.
In pursuit of its objective, the Unit seeks to:
- develop and provide academic programmes on race
- promote and undertake research on race
- build capacity in teaching about race
- contribute towards public debates on race