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Sociology of 'Race' and Ethnicities (SOCI30014)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeSOCI30014
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides a sociological examination of the racialized underpinnings of Australian society. Focusing on how social forces such as colonisation, dispossession and the White Australia Policy have shaped understandings of racial difference, the subject will be concerned with the specific social consequences for Australia of such racialisation processes, which includes contemporary Australian expressions of racial inequalities and racism. The subject also considers the impacts of the interplay between Australia and the global shifts that shape both the changing notions and experiences of ‘race’ and conceptualisations and experiences of ethnicity. A sociological investigation of what decolonising knowledge means will also be explored through introducing some First Nation’s Australian knowledge and critical engagement with social theory.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Understand historical and social processes which underpin ideas of 'race' ;
  • Critically analyse the social, racialisation processes and inequalities;
  • Demonstrate sociologically how understandings of ethnicities emerge and change overtime;
  • Understand how multiculturalism relates to experiences of racism and ethnicity;
  • Investigate what decolonising knowledge means and how this can be practised;
  • Build an understanding of First Nation's Australians knowledge, and ways of thinking and living

Generic skills

  • Oral communication; written communication;
  • Collaborative learning; problem solving; team work;
  • Interpretation and analysis; critical thinking;

Last updated: 24 July 2019