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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Provides a basic understanding of Critical Race Theory (CRT) by looking at Australia and other nations with liberal democratic and common law traditions, and lasting problems of colonialism, race and racism.

Unit content

Outline of Critical Race Theory - Theoretical origins of CRT - Analysis of traditional civil rights approaches - Critique of the foundations of liberal theory - Organisation of society along racial lines and hierarchies - Discussion of economic, history, politics, narratives, story-telling and socio-psychological theories as these relate to CRT - Strategies for change - Comparative approach between USA and Australia - Overview

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 Identify describe and analyse the theoretical foundations of CRT.
2 Critically appraise the foundations of liberal theory
3 Explain the role of law in the organisation of society along racial lines and hierarchies.
4 Evaluate how CRT might contribute to change society, in particular, the racial lines and hierarchies embedded in society.
5 Assess the extent to which America and Australia have taken public as well as private law approaches to eradicate racism, and whether such approaches have succeeded or failed.
6 Demonstrate an ability to conduct research in the field of CRT

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

  1. Identify describe and analyse the theoretical foundations of CRT.
    • GA1:
  2. Critically appraise the foundations of liberal theory
    • GA1:
  3. Explain the role of law in the organisation of society along racial lines and hierarchies.
    • GA7:
  4. Evaluate how CRT might contribute to change society, in particular, the racial lines and hierarchies embedded in society.
    • GA1:
    • GA7:
  5. Assess the extent to which America and Australia have taken public as well as private law approaches to eradicate racism, and whether such approaches have succeeded or failed.
    • GA1:
  6. Demonstrate an ability to conduct research in the field of CRT
    • GA5: