|Semester 1, 2021 Online|
|Short Description:||Advocacy, Allies &Peer Support|
|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:
- Describe advocacy, guardianship and anti-discrimination regimes in Australia and internationally.
- Examine different models of advocacy including, strengths, shortcomings and usage.
- Analyse the key components of an Advocacy Action Plan.
- Describe mechanisms to foster engagement and collaboration with consumers, young people, professionals and the community to enhance greater social inclusion.
- Undertake an analysis of different rhetorical styles in social policy and community debate and be able to write a persuasive brief.
|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
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=HSW2100)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|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)|
- Develop claim to a tribunal, anti-discrimination board, or Senate enquiry.
Important assessment information
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.
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.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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.
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.
NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.
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.
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
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 http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing