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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces students to the concepts and issues of race and racism which are examined both theoretically and practically in the Australian context. Racism, from the time of European invasion, is examined in relation to Aboriginal peoples, and related policies. This subject is strongly focused on student self-directed learning and each student's own discourse. This approach ensures that students are able to fully manifest their views, overt or covert, positive or negative, regarding this subject in a positive genre of self-directed learning.

Unit content

Topics addressed include:

  • Race and racism - definitions, terminology and classifications
  • Impact of racism on Indigenous Australia
  • The impact of the 1967 referendum
  • Race and culture
  • The Australian context of multiculturalism, immigration and racism
  • Anti-racism strategies and policies

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 define race and identify the many forms of racism and illustrate its presence in Australian society
2 recognise and describe the impact entrenched racism has had on Australian society over the past two centuries, especially in relation to Indigenous people
3 recognise the impacts that attitudes about race and racism have had on Australia's relationships with the rest of the world, particularly in the past decade
4 differentiate between racist and non-racist attitudes.

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

  1. define race and identify the many forms of racism and illustrate its presence in Australian society
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. recognise and describe the impact entrenched racism has had on Australian society over the past two centuries, especially in relation to Indigenous people
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. recognise the impacts that attitudes about race and racism have had on Australia's relationships with the rest of the world, particularly in the past decade
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. differentiate between racist and non-racist attitudes.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7: