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SOSC1004 - Cultural Diversity

Criminology Unit


One trimester



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Unit Objective

To introduce students to contemporary issues surrounding the impact of cultural diversity on Australian society and the criminal justice system.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Identify what constitutes diverse and minority  communities;
  • Explain what impacts of cultural diversity on the criminal justice system;
  • Understand the issues and challenges to the criminal justice system in dealing with issues of cultural diversity;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of issues faced by different cultural groups, including indigenous Australians, and other minority groups in their relationship with mainstream society and the criminal justice system in Australia.

Unit Content

The objective of this unit is to provide students with a sociological framework to inform their studies in criminal justice. This includes understandings of social and cultural diversity and norms, processes of socialisation, issues of inequality and the concept of intersectionality. Students will expand their understanding of the role of the media and pop culture and will examine the intersections of class, ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality and religion. Students will then explore the historical and contemporary issues regarding the impact of cultural and social diversity on the Australian criminal justice system (CJS). These issues and concepts will be critically analysed, with a focus on the impact of changes in society on the CJS and also the impact that the CJS has on society. Overall this subject will provide students with a theoretical framework in sociology that allows them to understand how the CJS and society interact in the Australian setting. 

Unit Workload

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week for 12 weeks. The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space


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