Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed for students to develop an understanding and capacity to become advocates for social justice in their workplace. It provides students with the opportunity to develop a high level understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities' need for high level advocacy skills. Students are exposed to the theoretical underpinnings of empowerment and are encouraged to develop skills in effectively meeting these work demands and achieving outcomes.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander socio-economic disadvantage and empowerment principles.

2. Develop an understanding, knowledge and capacity to respond to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community needs.

3. Develop effective strategies to become advocates in social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other disadvantaged minority groups.


Policy and practice implications on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander futures;

  • Appropriate advocacy and related theories.
  • Understanding poverty in the Australian context
  • Influential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs
  • Roles, principles and procedures in community development
  • Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices
  • Effective advocacy role in the workplace
  • Exploring successful tools of community engagement

Assumed knowledge

Students need a basic understanding of Aboriginal society equivalent to ABOR1110

Assessment items

Presentation: Oral and Written Presentation

Essay: Essay

Project: Project

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.