soc3eai ethnicity and identity




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we examine the social, political and ideological consequences of the emergence of multicultural societies. Immigration has transformed the world, and has certainly transformed Australia. The nineteenth and early twentieth century idea of the state as composed of a homogeneous people with a common heritage has increasingly been challenged by the contemporary reality of an increasing number of plural multicultural societies. What does it mean, today, to have an ethnicity, an identity, a religion or race? Can nations, or even individuals, have more than one identity? These and other questions are addressed with a focus on Australia as a point of comparison with other countries.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRaelene Wilding

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsRace and ethnic relationsPrescribedFozdar, F, Wilding, R and Hawkins, M 2009OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate sociological and related theories of identity, ethnicity, race, migration and multiculturalism

Lectures, tutorials, essay, exams

02. Critique arguments about the significance of ethnic and racial identities in Australia

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaelene Wilding

Class requirements

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

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


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1-hour exam (1,000-word equivalent)2501, 02
one 2,000-word essay5001, 02
one assignment (1,000-word equivalent)2501, 02