Course Title: Race and Racism

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Race and Racism

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO1182

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

HUSO1182

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2016

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO1182

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (ISV)

Course Coordinator: Val Colic-Peisker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9981

Course Coordinator Email: val.colic-peisker@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.23

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Any first year social science course.


Course Description

Racism has had many guises. Its influence can be seen in politics and the law, in the writing of history and in science. Theories about race have often been used to justify differences of wealth and poverty, or to explain the power of minorities. In Australia and elsewhere, racism and racial theories have also been closely associated with the destruction of indigenous societies. The science of race or human difference has changed dramatically over time, in recent decades influenced by genetics research which proved that ‘race’ does not exist in a genetic sense. Yet, racism continues to reduce access to opportunities for many groups perceived as racially different from the majority or seen as ‘non-white’. In this course you will examines the history and current social and political issues associated with ‘race’ as a concept and racism as social practice, using examples from Australia, USA, Europe, Asia and elsewhere.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • identify and define racism and racial doctrines both historically and in the contemporary context, in Australia and elsewhere
  • describe and evaluate the major debates about race and racism
  • investigate and articulate reasons why racial discourse and racist practices persist in the 21st century
  • reflect on the experience of racism and racial conflict and outline its relationship to broader social contexts, including economic and political interest, cultural practices and identity discourses



 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to contribute to lectures, seminars and tutorials. All classes will be interactive, with student engagement based on required and optional reading and other forms of preparation. The course also features visiting speakers, audio-visual material, group discussions and field trips.


Overview of Learning Resources

Reading materials will be made accessible to students through MyRMIT. Students will be encouraged to source their own audio-visual and reading materials and share them in class.


Overview of Assessment

A range of assessment tasks focused on further developing students’ graduate attributes and core professional skills will be used in this course. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Details of confirmed assessment can be found in Part B.

Assessment may consist of:

Task 1: Read prescribed preparatory texts and participate in class discussions, 20% weighting (CLO 1,2,3,4)

Task 2: Group presentation in class, 20% weighting (CLO 1,2,3,4)

Task 3: Class test, 30% weighting (CLO 1,2,3,4)

Task 4: Final essay, 30% weighting (CLO 1,2,3,4)

Feedback will be given on all assessment

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessments conform to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment.