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Law and discrimination 406 (6 points)


Leader: Ms Beth Gaze

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: Concepts of equality and discrimination. The Australian social context. The law developed around State and Federal anti-discrimination legislation primarily in sex discrimination. Grounds of discrimination including sex, race, disability and sexuality discrimination, and (if time) discrimination based on political or religious belief or activity. Areas of activity covered or exempted from the legislation. Constitutional complications of the legislation. Problems of proof. Procedural issues and the remedies available to victims of discrimination. Concludes by evaluating effectiveness of the legislation and alternative measures like affirmative action.

Assessment: Optional Research Paper (4,000 words): 50% AND Supervised Exam (1 hour + 30 minutes reading time): 50% OR Optional Research Paper (3,000 words): 40% AND Class presentation (10 minutes): 10% AND Supervised Exam (1 hour + 30 minutes reading time): 50% OR Optional Student Placement, consisting of Assessment by External Supervisor (20%) and a Essay of 2,000 words (30%): 50% AND Supervised Exam (1 hour + 30 minutes reading time) 50% OR Supervised Exam (2 hours + 30 minutes reading time): 100% Note: Students who complete the Optional Student Placement cannot also undertake the Optional Research Paper. The Optional Student Placement will be offered subject to the availability of suitable placements.

Contact Hours: Three hours of lectures per week

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