Explores the theory and practice of community activism and social change with an emphasis on the intersection of law with these areas of social engagement and provides students with a broad based introduction to the skills and techniques necessary to bring about useful social change in a highly corporatised and technocratic society.
Unit contentTopic 1 Activism, advocacy and practice of democracy
Topic 2 Building successful social movements
Topic 3 Strategies: The art of advocacy
Topic 4 Mapping and planning successful campaigns
Topic 5 Media, publicity and research
Topic 6 Public sector advocacy: How to change the law and influence government policy
Topic 7 Corporate advocacy and activism
Topic 8 Direct action, protest and your rights
Topic 9 Digital activism
Topic 10 Public interest litigation
Topic 11 Social change and conflict resolution
Topic 12 Empowerment and personal sustainability
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Describe the key features of legislative, judicial and administrative decision making in Australia;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Explain the nature of public interest advocacy as a field of work and practice;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Demonstrate an awareness of the principal tools of public interest advocacy including litigation, communication, organisation, protest, use of the media and dispute resolution;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Develop effective strategies for public interest advocacy in relation to specific public interest issues.||Creativity|
|5||Work effectively in groups on processes related to strategic planning and advocacy||Creativity||Communication and social skills|
|6||Utilise a variety of advocacy techniques and tools in the context of public interest work||Creativity||Communication and social skills|
- Ricketts, A , 2012, The Activists' Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Participatory Democracy, Zed Books , London. ISBN: 9781848135925.
Teaching and assessment
Lismore - BB (intensive)
|Lecture on-site 26 hours (Over one week)|
|Exam: take home||25%|
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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