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Unit description

Critically examines the principles of effective advocacy in order to ensure that people’s fundamental meeds and interests are met. The features of political, systemic, group, individual, self and family advocacy will be investigated and critiqued. Legislative, rights and relationship based protections and safeguards will be researched in relation to each form of advocacy and evaluated in relation to their capacity to ensure that people’s fundamental needs are meet.

Unit content

  1. The personal, social and structural factors influencing the prevalence of unmet fundamental needs and people at greatest risk of experiencing unmet needs
  2. Theoretical frameworks and frames of reference addressing citizenship, rights, participation and relationships
  3. Principles, processes and practices of political, systemic, group, individual and family advocacy
  4. Legislative, rights and relationship based protections and safeguards
  5. Research and evaluation of various advocacy scenarios where different types of advocacy have been employed in various advocacy contexts and the systems and agencies involved nationally and internationally
  6. Sustainability of advocacy endeavours, protections and safeguards for people involved in advocacy scenarios

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 5

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Teaching and assessment

Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 wks)
Project proposal40%

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