This unit, provided by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University, explores how human rights activism and advocacy has developed over the years, and examines the impact such social movements have had on international human rights.
Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change addresses the theoretical underpinnings of human rights activism, and then examines how such theories are applied to real-world scenarios. This involves analysing what social movements and power actually are, and then applying such concepts to the works of Saul Alinsky and Gandhi. Liberal democracies, neoliberalism and neoconservatism are also covered within this unit.
The case studies of this unit cover a range of human rights activism and advocacy, from the non-violent protest culture of Australia and the US civil rights struggle, to Fanon and the Algerian independence movement.
To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Human Rights
Master of Human Rights
Areas of study
In this Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change unit, the topics you will study include:
Social movements and power
Saul Alinsky and means and ends
Gandhi's philosophy and practice
Non-violent protest and environment activism in Australia
Frantz Fanon and the Algerian independence movement
Indigenous protest and activism in Australia
Liberal democracies, neoliberalism and neoconservatism – a threat to activism and dissent?
Movement altercations, apprehensions and alliances
Transnational advocacy networks
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Human Rights, Curtin University
Master of Human Rights, Curtin University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit will help benefit your career in a variety of ways through your resultant in-depth understanding of human rights activism, advocacy and change. This is particularly useful in human rights related career fields. Furthermore, several significant skills will be developed in this unit. These include analysis, critique, research and communication skills.
You will learn to both analyse and effectively communicate a variety of theories and methods. These include examining the theories of power, identity politics, social movements and postcolonialism. Building on this, you shall be able to critique these theories and then apply them when evaluating activist and advocacy campaigns.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change from Curtin University.
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