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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

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 content

Topic 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

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Describe the key features of legislative, judicial and administrative decision making in Australia;Knowledge of a discipline
2Explain the nature of public interest advocacy as a field of work and practice;Knowledge of a discipline
3Demonstrate 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
4Develop effective strategies for public interest advocacy in relation to specific public interest issues.Creativity
5Work effectively in groups on processes related to strategic planning and advocacyCreativityCommunication and social skills
6Utilise a variety of advocacy techniques and tools in the context of public interest workCreativityCommunication and social skills

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

  1. Describe the key features of legislative, judicial and administrative decision making in Australia;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Explain the nature of public interest advocacy as a field of work and practice;
    • GA4: 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;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Develop effective strategies for public interest advocacy in relation to specific public interest issues.
    • GA2: Creativity
  5. Work effectively in groups on processes related to strategic planning and advocacy
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. Utilise a variety of advocacy techniques and tools in the context of public interest work
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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