School Of Social Sciences

Theories of Difference and DiversityWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102176.2


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Undergraduate degree in the Social Sciences or equivalent.

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate course.

About this Unit
This unit will introduce students at post-graduate level to contemporary theories and concepts of difference and diversity. The unit will particularly examine feminism, post-structuralism, new materialism, queer theory and critical realism. It will also address specific concepts such as inequality, human rights, freedom and marginalisation. It will apply these theories and concepts to investigations of contemporary social issues and debates related to race, disability, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and other categories of individual identity and collective belonging. The unit will provide a strong theoretical base to the work that students have undertaken in the unit Theories for Critical Practice, and inform the work to be undertaken in the other units in this specialisation.

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