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ANTH2629: Race and Ethnic Relations

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

A comparative study of race and ethnic group relations The unit will consider the history of ideas of race and practices of racialising and their relationship to ethnicity It will draw on studies from various areas including North America the Caribbean Japan and Australia

Unit details and rules

Unit code ANTH2629
Academic unit Anthropology
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Anthropology or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Diversity Studies
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Suzanne Ingram,
Tutor(s) Roberto Costa,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Short written assignment
25% - 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4
Assignment Essay
45% - 2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Presentation group assignment Oral presentation
20% Multiple weeks 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO2
Participation Tutorial participation
10% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Oral presentation: Oral presentations will be as part of a group. Groups shall not have more than 5 nor less than 3 members. Each group will freely choose the topic of presentation – remaining within the course boundaries
  • Short written assignment: The short written assignment will be used as a mid-of-semester individual reflection on the concepts of race and ethnicity. You will respond in writing to one question (among a range of options). This exercise is designed to facilitate the establishment of conceptual and theoretical basis for the preparation of your final essay. It also works as a platform to generate specific feedback for students before the end of the semester.
  • Essay: It is expected that all enrolled students submit their individual essay in order to (at least) pass this Unit of Study. In this course, essays are an essential part of the learning process and an opportunity to acquire, consolidate and generate knowledge and new enquiry related to the course’s contents. Given the nature of the questions upon which students will elaborate, anyone with regular participation in lectures and tutorials will be able to write an essay that, remaining within the boundaries established by the essay questions, touches your issue/s of interest.
  • Participation: Marks obtained through participation shall depend on the active involvement of students in tutorials and discussions. Every week there will be one or two core readings that every participant is expected to read. Students will prepare 50 to 200 word summaries of each reading. Summaries shall be prepared in such a way that they can be shared with the lecturer and with other participants in the tutorials, and they should mark central points of the summarised reading. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.


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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Concepts, theory and methods - I Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 Concepts, theory and methods - II Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Concepts, theory and methods - III Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Formation and reproduction of ethnic identities - I Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Formation and reproduction of ethnic identities - II Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Formation and reproduction of ethnic identities - III Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Racial ideology in global and specific contexts I Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Racial ideology in global and specific contexts II Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Identity politics: recognition and redistribution I Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Identity politics: recognition and redistribution II Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Epistemologies - tainted how? (De)Naturalising race and ethnicity - I Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Epistemologies - tainted how? (De)Naturalising race and ethnicity - II Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Closing debate Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. offer a definition of the concepts 'race' and 'ethnicity' and to use them for the analysis of human interaction in different cultural contexts
  • LO2. identify and distinguish different theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of racial and ethnic relations
  • LO3. demonstrate understanding of the role of racialising discourse and practice in the maintenance of relations power
  • LO4. acquire skills to analytically approach bibliographical and audiovisual materials
  • LO5. demonstrate skills to produce research materials for specialised and non specialised audiences.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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