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
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
South Africa Second semester 2012 (Day)
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.


Written work (4500 words): 100%

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
Urban, regional and international development


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


ATS2737, GSC2211, SCY2811, SCY3811