Human Rights, Advocacy and Social Change

Description

Explores the influence of the concept of human rights on public policy and community welfare advocacy. The course explores the theoretical arguments for and against the concept of human rights. The course traces the content and impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, examining the contemporary human rights agenda of identifying and seeking to rectify violations of human rights in government policies and social practices. The course also explores the interrelationship between human rights, community advocacy and social change in Australia. It analyses the effectiveness of community advocacy strategies and how these influence structures, including the legal system. Emphasis is placed on the practicalities and skills of being an activist and advocate for social change, allowing students to deal more effectively with agents of social control addressing broad contexts of social injustice impacting individuals, families, and communities within Australia including incidents involving Australian Aboriginal peoples.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of the different theoretical perspectives used in the study and critique of Human Rights Policy and Practice.

2. Knowledge of the dominant ideologies and discourses which underpin liberal, Marxist and Radical accounts of Human Rights Policy and Practice.

3. An ability to critically evaluate and analyse Human Rights. Needs, rights, policies, intervention responses and outcomes studies.

4. Skills in writing academic essays, reports, tutorial presentations, research, theoretical and methodological skills.

Content

  1. Philosophic Foundations of Human Rights.
  2. Normative and Institutional Evolution of Human Rights.
  3. Policy Development, Debates and Dilemmas.
  4. Human Rights, Power and Power Relations.
  5. Critique of Social Approaches to Human Rights.
  6. Community Development Models.
  7. Practising Human Rights: Feminist, Structural and Radical Approaches.
  8. Anti-Discriminatory and Anti-Oppressive Perspectives.
  9. Empowerment, Advocacy and Social Change.
  10. Australia's Constitutional 'implied' rights vs the 'NEED' for Specific Human Rights Legislation
  11. Independent research skills.

Assumed Knowledge

SPSW1001 or equivalent, and at least a semester of proven success in undergraduate study. This course is not recommended for first term enrolement.

Assessment Items

Essay: Presentation essay *

Presentation: Peer-reviewed Tutorial Presentation *

Project: Research Project *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Project: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term