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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michelle Duffy


Previously coded SCY3811


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)

Dr 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


ATS1367 and ATS1898 or SCY1802, or ATS1283 and ATS1284 or equivalent and two second-level sociology or criminal justice units


ATS2737, GSC2211, SCY2811, SCY3811