Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett


Previously coded SCY2041


This unit introduces students to the main concepts and theoretical approaches in the study of ethnicity and migration. It places multicultural Australia in the context of globalisation and global migration and takes a comparative view on the issues of ethnicity, identity, nation and transnationalism. The unit also deals with the issues of nation-state's management of ethnic diversity, comparing settler societies such as Australia with the old nations of Europe and Asia. In the unit, students are encouraged to learn about Australian multiculturalism in a historical perspective, and develop a critical understanding of Australian ethnic relations since the beginning of European settlement.


After completing this unit students will have

  • An understanding of the application of sociological concepts to multiculturalism, citizenship and identity.
  • Knowledge of theoretical and methodological approaches to studying these issues.
  • A critical understanding of contemporary Australian society in a historical perspective.
  • A deeper critical understanding of their own and other people's social identities.
  • Understanding of how dominant ideas and assumptions are created.
  • Further developed written, research and analytical skills.


Short essay (1000 words): 30%
Research essay (2500 words): 50%
Attendance and participation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett

Contact hours

One 2- hour lecture/workshop per week

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

Behavioural studies


A first-year sequence in Sociology or permission