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 Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Harry Ballis


This unit will emphasise the study of social relations between racial and ethnic groups in selected societies. The unit will pay special attention to the place of ethnic and Aboriginal groups in Australia. The concepts of race, racism, ethnicity, prejudice, discrimination and multiculturalism will be analysed and discussed in detail.


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

  1. Identify and describe the different theories and concepts through which sociologists and other social scientists seek to explain issues of race and ethnicity;
  2. Demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relationship between national identity and ethnic identity;
  3. Identify contemporary issues associated with multiculturalism including multicultural citizenship, community languages and maintenance of cultural diversity;
  4. Understand the complexities of the relationships between dominant culture and minority culture including Aboriginal-European contact.

In addition, students taking this unit at third year level will also be expected to:
  1. demonstrate a more sophisticated understanding of the key concepts explored in this unit,
  2. draw upon a much wider range of literature to analyse contemporary concerns with regards to race and ethnic relations.


Assignment one (1000 words): 30%
Assignment two (1500 words): 40%
Examination (2 hour): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Harry Ballis

Contact hours

One x 1 hr lecture/week
One x 1 hr tutorial/week

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

Australian studies
Urban, regional and international development


ATS1367 and ATS1898 or SCY1802 or equivalents


ATS2929, GSC2202, SCY2802