Race, Ethnicity and Migration - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Minor (35%) , Essay 2 - Major (45%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,760.00
Domestic continuing 878.00
HECS 820.00
International 3,010.00
International continuing 1,128.00

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This unit explores sociological theories and research on race, ethnicity and migration. We examine current debates around migration, refugees, racism and diversity, and compare experiences of these issues in nations around the globe. Students will have the opportunity to apply sociological theories to personal and family experiences.  

Please note: assessment values are indicative only: details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse contemporary debates around migration, race, ethnicity and multiculturalism
  2. Identify and differentiate between the major theories of migration, race and ethnicity utilised in current debate
  3. Apply concepts from sociological theories of migration to experiences of migration
  4. Use sociological theory to analyse racial and ethnic relations and identify formations in Australia and overseas.
  • Essay 1 — Minor (35%)
  • Essay 2 — Major (45%)
  • Presentation — (Online/Audio/Video) and Paper (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PSS205 — Ethnicity, Migration and Multiculturalism

Students must also have successfully completed 4 units ore equivalent before enrolling into SOC20013.

  • Additional materials

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Theories of race, ethnicity and migration
2Experiences of race, ethnicity and migration
3Comparative studies of race and ethnic relations, migration and diversity management in Australia and other nations
4Case studies may include South Africa, France, Germany, and the United States

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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