Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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. Rachel Standfield


Previously coded AAS3020


The unit focuses on theories of race and issues of ethnicity, prejudice and racism, with particular emphasis on the continuities and discontinuities of discourses on 'race' in Australia; language use in a multicultural context; the uses of opinion polls; the representation of Indigenous people in the media and other forms of popular culture; multiculturalism and Aborigines. The value of an interdisciplinary approach to these topics is highlighted.


Upon completion of this unit students should have gained an understanding of the relationship between Australian Aborigines and social institutions and how theories of race and experiences of racism continue to impact upon Aborigines, and in addition engaged with issues of research and research methodologies in relation to racism and prejudice in contemporary Australia.


Written work: 65% (3000 words)
Class project: 25% (1500 words)
Oral presentation 10% (500 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr. Rachel Standfield

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

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

Human rights theory
International studies
Australian studies
Australian Indigenous studies


First-year sequence or with permission of the coordinator