Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Learning Reflections (30%) , Assignment 2 - Discussion Points (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit explores the role of social movements, advocacy groups and different forms of activism in bringing about change. It covers theories of power and identity politics, social movement theories and postcolonial theories. It also explores specific movements and methods such as Gandhi's non-violence and satyagraha campaigns, Fanon and the Algerian independence movement, the US civil rights struggle, Indigenous peoples' struggles for recognition and land, trade unions and women's movements.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and critique theories of power and identity politics, social movements and post-colonialism
  2. use appropriate technologies to locate and critically appraise relevant social movement literature
  3. analyse and communicate social movement theories and methods
  4. critically evaluate activist/advocacy campaigns using social movement theories.
  • Assignment 1 — Learning Reflections (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Discussion Points (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Essay (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Social movements and power
2Saul Alinsky and means and ends
3Gandhi's philosophy and practice
4Non-violent protest and environment activism in Australia
5Civil disobedience
6Frantz Fanon and the Algerian independence movement
7Indigenous protest and activism in Australia
8Human rights and LGBTIQ activism
9Transnational advocacy networks

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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