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AIS3020 - Interrogating racism: indigenous Australians and the state

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Stephen Pritchard


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


The unit focuses on theories of race and issues of ethnicity, prejudice and racism, with particular emphasis on the continuities and discontinuities of discourses on 'race' in Australia; language use in a multicultural context; the uses of opinion polls; the representation of Indigenous people in the media and other forms of popular culture; multiculturalism and Aborigines. The value of an interdisciplinary approach to these topics is highlighted.


Upon completion of this unit students should have gained an understanding of the relationship between Australian Aborigines and social institutions and how theories of race and experiences of racism continue to impact upon Aborigines, and in addition engaged with issues of research and research methodologies in relation to racism and prejudice in contemporary Australia.


Written work: 65% (3000 words)
Class Project: 25% (1500 words)
Oral Presentation 10% (500 words)

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


First-year sequence or with permission of the coordinator



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