Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Discrimination and unfavourable treatment form the basis of inequality and the exclusion of citizenship in both public and private spheres. In this subject, we examine the concepts of formal and substantive equality and the limits and possibilities of Australian anti-discrimination legislation for eliminating discrimination and promoting equality within a broader societal context. We also evaluate the extent to which law itself perpetuates, or contributes to, varying forms of social inequality and regulation. The specific topics that we focus on include: race; religion; sex (including sexual harassment, and pregnancy-related discrimination); sexuality; age; and disability (including intellectual and physical impairment, as well as the controversies associated with discrimination on the grounds of obesity, mental illness and physical appearance)

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Henry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Legal Studies or Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities or Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects LST3DAL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWeekly readings available via LMS and/or e-reserve in the libraryPrescribedN/AN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Henry

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Eight weekly quizzes (500 word equivalent)15
One 1500-word research essay40
One 35-minute exam (500-word equivalent)15
One peer review task (1000-word equivalent)20
Seven weekly blogs (700 words equivalent)10