Introduces students to key aspects of change and theories of power, resistance and agency. Various realms of change are explored including self, client and cause advocacy. Students are engaged in the development of basic change-related practice skills such as negotiation and the construction of a persuasive argument.
Module 1: Situating advocacy - Context and theory
Topic 1: What is advocacy?
Topic 2: Values and ethics of advocacy
Topic 3: Power and social change
Topic 4: Advocacy, social action and social movements
Topic 5: Advocacy - the Australian political context
Module 2: Doing advocacy - Practice
Topic 6: Analysing the situation - goals, strategies and tactics
Topic 7: Argument and rhetoric
Topic 8: Forming alliances
Topic 9: Lobbying activities - delegations, letters/emails, petitions, submissions
Topic 10: Using the media
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||understand and locate advocacy within different theories about power and social change||Intellectual rigour|
|2||discuss the relationship between human services advocacy, social action and social movements||Intellectual rigour|
|3||Identify current trends and issues impacting upon advocacy in human services in contemporary Australia||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||demonstrate an understanding of basic practical advocacy skills including: analysis and goal setting, framing rhetoric and forming alliances, and lobbying and media skills||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||reflect on the values and ethics involved in advocacy and on their own engagement in change situations.||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 3hrs (12 weeks)|
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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