Rights and Racism - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Essay - Review essay 900 words (20%) , Presentation - 1575 words (35%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the theories and concepts of rights and racism, through the studying of discourse on 'race', the intersections between rights, racism, nationalism and gender, the politics and policies of 'Aboriginal affairs', debates surrounding Indigenous rights and a history of racism in colonial and contemporary Australia.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. interrogate concepts and theories of racism and develop technical research skills
  2. trace the relationships between racism and inequality within contemporary society
  3. identify the discourse on 'race' and issues of representation of 'difference'
  4. critically review the historical development of rights and racism, nationally and internationally.
  • Essay — Review essay 900 words (20%)
  • Presentation — 1575 words (35%)
  • Research Paper — 2025 words (45%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Discourse on 'race' and racism
2The social construction of whiteness
3Racism and representation
4History of racism in colonial Australia
5Racism and nationalism
6New racism
7Racism and gender
8Racism and the media
9Indigenous Australians and the law
10The legal system
11Addressing racism

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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.
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