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HSW2100 Advocacy, Allies and Peer Support

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Advocacy, Allies &Peer Support
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 061309 - Community Health
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: David Steggall


Human Services professionals are increasingly required to be proactive in terms of countering unmet need pursuant to social justice. The capacity to undertake systemic advocacy, and provide justificatory briefs and submissions are critical to stakeholder engagements. Equally, innovative approaches to peer support and person centred delivery are critical to being responsive to shifts in power arrangements in the human services field. This is particularly evident with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and federal youth advocacy and participation forums.


This course introduces students to various models of advocacy, both systemic and individual. Students will be equipped with skills to identify existing laws (State, Federal, and International) that remedy human right breaches, as well as identify gaps in anti-discrimination coverage. In order to be effective practitioners, students will evaluate different forms of argumentation and rhetoric, and develop the art of writing persuasive briefs. The later section of this course focuses on reviewing systems of peer support especially for youth services and mental health programs.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Describe advocacy, guardianship and anti-discrimination regimes in Australia and internationally.
  2. Examine different models of advocacy including, strengths, shortcomings and usage.
  3. Analyse the key components of an Advocacy Action Plan.
  4. Describe mechanisms to foster engagement and collaboration with consumers, young people, professionals and the community to enhance greater social inclusion.
  5. Undertake an analysis of different rhetorical styles in social policy and community debate and be able to write a persuasive brief.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Advocacy in Theory and Practice 40.00
2. Rhetoric and Persuasion 40.00
3. Intentional Peer Support 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Hoefer, R 2019, Advocacy practice for social justice, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, London England.
Intentional Peer Support <>.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 55.00
Directed Study 72.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Online Seminars 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ADVOCACY ACTION PLAN 50 50 22 Apr 2021
INQUIRY SUBMISSION 50 50 02 Jun 2021 (see note 1)

  1. Develop claim to a tribunal, anti-discrimination board, or Senate enquiry.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the American Psychological Association (APA 6th edition) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Date printed 18 June 2021