units

ATS3894

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Fenley

Synopsis

This unit provides students with a critical understanding of how minority groups are included or excluded from the dominant Australian society. It begins with a historical examination of the ways in which groups have been discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, social status or sexual preference. It then explores attempts to create a more just and tolerant society and questions whether mainstream society is willing to accommodate the needs of minority groups.

Outcomes

This unit provides students with an understanding of different attitudes towards minority groups and is designed to increase knowledge of and skills in historical and political research methods.

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the patterns of inclusion and exclusion of minority groups since white settlement of Australia;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of different theories relating to the fear, hatred, and mistrust of the other;
  3. Interrogate different policies relating to minority groups;
  4. Critically engage with key historical and political theories in oral presentations and written exercises; and
  5. Locate and retrieve primary source materials using archival, rare book, microfiche and microfilm collections; and
  6. Present a structured response to an essay question
  7. Formulate an independent research question relating to the inclusion or exclusion of minority groups; and
  8. Develop a well-structured project based largely on documentary sources.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Required to contribute to on-line discussions

Prerequisites

24 credit points at first year level

Prohibitions