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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;

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Sociology at Level 1 & 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A Sociological Reflection of 800 words (15%), Due week 3 of semester
  • Short Essay of 1,200 words (35%), Due mid-semester
  • Research Essay of 2,000 words (50%), Due during the examination period

Hurdle requirements: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorNikki Moodie
    CoordinatorLiz Dean
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 contact hours: 1 X 1.5hr lecture and 1 X 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 24 July 2019