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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2010 (Off-campus)


This unit introduces to students a sociological understanding of social justice related issues including gender equity, minority rights, democratic government, economic opportunity, environmental protection and human rights. It provides students a comparative view of social justice over a number of political and legal states and chronological periods. A variety of legal issues including those of consitutionalism, social control, and equity are examined to illustrate the disparate definitions of social justice.


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

  1. identify issues of power and privilege;
  2. exhibit an awareness and understanding of self in relation to diverse and vulnerable populations;
  3. understand the various definitions and theoretical debates surrounding social justice;
  4. learn about national and international social justice movements;
  5. develop a sociological position regarding the analysis of contemporary social justice related issues; 6) draw upon social justice perspectives to analyse contemporary social justice concerns.


Assignment one (1300 words): 30%
Assignment two (1300 words): 30%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Michelle Duffy

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

Criminal justice


SCY1801 and SCY1802 or CRJ1001 and CRJ1002 or equivalent and two second-level sociology or criminal justice units


GSC2211, SCY2811