Embedding Diversity in a University Justice Curriculum: An Exploration of the Issues

By Sharon Hayes, Belinda Carpenter and Jess Rodgers.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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This paper reports on a teaching and learning project designed to contextualize learning for a diverse student population. The project addressed institutional priorities and requirements for embedding diversity in the classroom. The project aims were fourfold; first, to acknowledge the range of diverse backgrounds characterising students in the course; second, to raise awareness of diversity and to open up discourse about diversity, discrimination and associated issues; third, to develop course materials that will speak to the range of diverse student backgrounds as a way of better communicating the subject content to those students; and finally, to discuss ways in which curriculum can operate to embed a range of perspectives. This paper reports the findings from one subject in which Indigenous perspectives were embedded. The outcomes for curriculum and pedagogy reported were positive and inspiring.

Keywords: Diversity, Indigenous, Race, Ethnicity, Higher Education

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp.103-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 392.508KB).

Dr Sharon Hayes

Lecturer, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Qld, Australia

Dr. Sharon Hayes has been researching and teaching in the areas of criminal justice, criminology, moral philosophy and ethics for the past twenty years. Over the past decade she has developed a focused research profile and track record of publications in the areas of diversity, specifically related to diversity in the classroom as well as broader issues in gender and sexuality. She is lead author of Sex, Crime and Morality (Willan Publishing, Oxford, 2011), and is co-editor of Social Ethics for Legal and Justice Professionals (Pearson Education Australia, 2006). Sharon’s current research interests include the construction of female sex offenders, the geography of sex trafficking, and the theoretical underpinnings of intimate partner abuse. Sharon is currently working with research partners in the United Kingdom to develop new conceptualisations of female paedophilia with a view to conducting empirical research in both Australia and the UK.

Prof Belinda Carpenter

Professor, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Belinda Carpenter completed her doctorate at Griffith University in 1994, her thesis explored the relationship between theory, policy and legislation regarding the issue of prostitution. Her book on the area of prostitution was published in 2000. While maintaining an interest in this area through publications and higher degree research supervision, she has also used this theoretical work to investigate the issue of domestic violence and, more recently, violent offending women and sexual morality. A monograph on the latter was published in 2012. Her other areas of research expertise are death investigation and the scholarship of teaching, including recent work on diversity in the classroom.

Dr Jess Rodgers

Research Associate, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Jess Rodgers is a Research Associate for the Creative Workforce 2.0 Program at the Australian Research Council Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation. They have extensive research assistance experience in the School ofJustice and the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. They have taught in theSchool of Journalism, Media and Communication and the School of Public Health at QUT. Jess is published in queer theory and queer history. Their PhD thesis examined ‘Australian Queer Student Activists’ Media Representations of Queer’.