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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to the origins and concepts that inform race theory and the ways that race is employed to impel, explain and justify colonial intrusion and violations. Issues of racism and eugenics are examined in the Australian context. 

Unit content

Topic 1: Origins of Racism

Topic 2: Race Theory

Topic 3: Eugenic Practice and Colonialism

Topic 4: Eugenic Discourse

Topic 5: Everyday (offhand) Racism

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe and interpret race theory and deconstruct the origins of anti-racism in English speaking communities
2 describe the eugenic structures embedded in colonising movements and apparent in Australian policy and practices regarding Aboriginal people
3 describe racial discourse in Australia as informed by eugenic practice.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and interpret race theory and deconstruct the origins of anti-racism in English speaking communities
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  2. describe the eugenic structures embedded in colonising movements and apparent in Australian policy and practices regarding Aboriginal people
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  3. describe racial discourse in Australia as informed by eugenic practice.
    • GA4:
    • GA7: