Ethnicities, 'Race' and Multiculturalism: Social and Political Approaches to Identity
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Demonstrate a critical understanding of key sociological concepts such as ethnicity, identity, race, racism, multiculturalism, nation.
Identify, understand and analyse key issues, theories and debates related to racial, ethnic and national identities in Australian and other contexts.
Critically apply sociological theory to social issues and changes related to migration and multiculturalism in Australia and other contexts.
Contribute critically to current public debates on contested social issues, drawing on social scientific evidence.
- • Sociology of identities.
- • Intersectionality.
- • Ethnicity and race.
- • Multiculturalism.
- • Indigenous identities.
- • Nation, nationalism and transnational identities.
- • Racism, Islamophobia and anti-racism.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed 30 credit points of Level two subjects.
No additional requirements
In this subject you will investigate the complexities of individual and collective identities in multicultural societies today. While applying intersectionality, you will be encouraged to think about the ways colonisation and migration shape racial, ethnic, religious, national, Indigenous, cosmopolitan and transnational forms of identity. There will be a particular focus on Australia, which will also provide a point of comparison with other countries. A central aim of the subject is to encourage critical thinking about identity in the context of multiculturalism, racism and whiteness, exploring the ways that we experience it, talk about it, and the conflicts and forms of cooperation that it contributes to. How does sociology help us to understand the ways that identities are structured and constructed through social and political relations and in specific places and historical settings? Assessments are designed to explore such questions, and to encourage critical self-reflection on our own identities in a social and political context.
- 1 tutorial assignment (1200 words) (30%)
- LMS quizzes (800 words equivalent) 10 x weekly quizzes throughout semester worth 2% each (20%)
- 1 research essay (2000 words) (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.