Human Rights, Advocacy and Social Change

Course code SPSW2001Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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 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, communities within Australia including incidents involving Australian Aboriginal peoples.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

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

2. A 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 research methodology, theoretical application, writing academic essays, reports, and tutorial presentations.

5. Deeper learning based on the text, set readings and the students' own research enquiry.
Content1. 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.
Replacing Course(s)SPSW2050
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPSW1001 or equivalent, and at least a semester of proven success in undergraduate study. This course is not recommended for first term enrolement.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsPresentation essay 1500 words, worth 25%
Other: (please specify)All assessment items must be completed to successfully complete the course.
ProjectsResearch Project: submitted week 13. 2,500 words, worth 60%.
Presentations - TutorialPeer-reviewed Tutorial Presentation, worth 15%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SPSW2001