Advocacy and Leadership - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Written Assignment (50%) , Assignment 2 - Research based assignment (50%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

The importance of undertaking a leaderly approach to advocacy and the means of managing and developing both leaderships and advocacy skills will be explored. This approach acknowledges the changing conditions of people's lives in Australia within the care, education, health, legal and social welfare contexts, focusing on policies and practice; socioeconomic and physical environments; and the international context for individuals including children, families and other groups in the community. Ways of incorporating individuals' voices and protecting their well-being within these contexts are explored.

Pre requisites: Master of Social Work students must have completed HSV7034 Field Placement 1

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. use action research methodologies in order to advocate and demonstrate leadership about a issue of professional interest
  2. investigate the social forces within the Australian human services sector and analyse the management and leadership theories that may influence these forces
  3. critically reflect on current issues in the human services sector and analyse the potential to influence policy change
  4. analyse current legislative and regulatory changes and the impact on human services
  5. understand and critique core concepts such as organisational structure and culture, organisational change and conflict resolution
  6. prepare reports, proposals, policy and procedures documents for human services organisations demonstrating professional advocacy and leadership skills
  7. identify and interpret requirements of a range of human services employers and accrediting bodies
  • Assignment 1 — Written Assignment (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Research based assignment (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Admission to Griffith University MSocial Work (Qualifying) course required

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.

1Thinking about Advocacy and Leadership
2Action Research
3Leadership defined
4Advocacy defined
5Research in Action
6Leaderly ways
7Advocacy collaboration
8Rights and Resposibilities
9Transformational change
10Research in Action

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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