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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

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.

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: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically appraise the main theoretical constructs and frames of reference influencing advocacy to ensure that people’s fundamental needs are addressed sustainably Creativity Communication and social skills
2 evaluate the principles, processes and practices underpinning types of advocacy Creativity Ethical practice
3 research and evaluate a form of advocacy in relation to its values and effectiveness in addressing unmet fundamental needs of an individual or group Creativity Ethical practice
4 reflect on one's personal capacity to advocate in various advocacy contexts and in relation to values and principles of effective advocacy Communication and social skills
5 critically appraise a range of safeguards and protections for people involved in advocacy Creativity Communication and social skills

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

  1. critically appraise the main theoretical constructs and frames of reference influencing advocacy to ensure that people’s fundamental needs are addressed sustainably
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. evaluate the principles, processes and practices underpinning types of advocacy
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  3. research and evaluate a form of advocacy in relation to its values and effectiveness in addressing unmet fundamental needs of an individual or group
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. reflect on one's personal capacity to advocate in various advocacy contexts and in relation to values and principles of effective advocacy
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. critically appraise a range of safeguards and protections for people involved in advocacy
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.