Courses & Units

Ethnicity, Religion and Race: Understanding Social Diversity HGA324




The social diversity that is increasingly a part of Australian society includes new religious groups and new immigrant groups, as they interact with established ethnic and religious groups, and Indigenous peoples. Social processes and sociologically informed social policy are key to understanding and responding constructively to this diversity to minimise discrimination and facilitate constructive community building.  The unit critically examines the Australian post-war immigration program, and the experiences of different migrant and refugee groups in overcoming discrimination and adapting to Australian society.  It applies a sociological approach to religious traditions and spiritual practices, with a focus on contemporary and alternative spirituality.  It also considers historical and contemporary race relations and the empirical research on Australian Indigenous, settler, migrant and refugee peoples. The unit is appropriate for students interested in social research, social policy, criminology and social work.


Unit name Ethnicity, Religion and Race: Understanding Social Diversity
Unit code HGA324
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Professor Keith Jacobs.

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $2,037.00 090301

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

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Teaching Pattern

On campus: 13 x 2 hour lectures + 6 x 1 hour tutorials

Off campus/Distance: Online lecture recordings and supporting materials, plus online tutorial discussions.


Formative assessment task equivalent to 1000 words (20%) + 2000 word assignment (40%) + 2 hr examination (40%).

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