lst3dal discrimination



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Discrimination and unfavourable treatment form the basis of inequality and limit 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 inequality. The specific topics that we focus on include: race; religion; sex; sexuality; disability; age; and age discrimination.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Henry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


Incompatible subjects LST2DAL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply and relate the theoretical exploration of key concepts (on equality and discrimination) to personal conceptions of identity and citizenship, reflecting on the sameness/difference dichotomy and the tendency towards discrimination throughout human history.

Tutorial discussion and activity; reflective essay

02. Demonstrate an understanding of ideology and the power of law as a social institution. This includes demonstrating an appreciation of the arguments surrounding the construction of both the "self" and the "other" in social, political and legal discourse.

Tutorial discussion and activity; quizzes; research essay; exam

03. Locate and summarize relevant Internet material on discrimination and/or the social effects of anti-discrimination legislation and identify problems and/or issues raised within it, using the key themes and concepts of the subject.

Weekly blogs; online and structured learning activities; research essay

04. Use complex theories to understand the nature of discrimination in society; and also the contested role of law in regulating behaviour and resolving disputes.

Tutorial discussion and activity; research essay; exam

05. Write about the anti-discriminational legislative framework in Australia, demonstrating a good understanding of the key social issues that are framed by this discourse, and demonstrating a good understanding of the potentials and limitations of law, as well as law's power to control and regulate human subjects and define social values and objects.

Research essay; exam

06. Write coherently, using complex interdisciplinary theories, about the gap between formal and substantive equality, and comment on the systemic nature of discrimination in Australian society contrasted to the liberal ideals of justice, equality and rights.

Research essay; exam

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