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Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination (6 points)


Leader: Michael Stevenson

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: If we examine arguments and conduct which support, justify and enact prejudice and discrimination, then what we find underlying them are theories about human nature. These theories are connected to the diverse forms of prejudice and discrimination and are always embedded within particular cultural, social, legal, political, economic and historical contexts. The unit therefore aims to (i) adopt a crosscultural comparative and historical approach to explaining the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination; and (ii) introduce students to the range of current arguments to demonstrate how scholars are striving to understand the contemporary dynamics of prejudice and discrimination.

Assessment: Essay (3000 words): 60% + examination (1.5 hours): 40%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: Appropriate first-year ANY sequence or by permission

Prohibitions: COS2160

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