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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010


This unit will emphasise the study of social relations between racial and ethnic groups in selected societies. The unit will pay special attention to the place of ethnic and Aboriginal groups in Australia. The concepts of race, racism, ethnicity, prejudice, discrimination and multiculturalism will be analysed and discussed in detail.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the different theories and concepts through which sociologists and other social scientists seek to explain issues of race and ethnicity;

  1. Demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relationship between national identity and ethnic identity;

  1. Identify contemporary issues associated with multiculturalism including multicultural citizenship, community languages and maintenance of cultural diversity; and

  1. Understand the complexities of the relationships between dominant culture and minority culture including Aboriginal-European contact.


Assignment one (1000 words): 30%
Assignment two (1500 words): 40%
Examination (2 hour): 30%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Australian studies


SCY1801 and SCY1802 or equivalents