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LAW10160 - Public Interest Advocacy (2015)

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Lismore - BBSession 3N/A

Unit aim

Explores the theory and practice of community activism and social change with an emphasis on the intersection of law with these areas of social engagement and provides students with a broad based introduction to the skills and techniques necessary to bring about useful social change in a highly corporatised and technocratic society.

Unit content

Topic 1 Activism, advocacy and practice of democracy
Topic 2 Building successful social movements
Topic 3 Strategies: The art of advocacy
Topic 4 Mapping and planning successful campaigns
Topic 5 Media, publicity and research
Topic 6 Public sector advocacy: How to change the law and influence government policy
Topic 7 Corporate advocacy and activism
Topic 8 Direct action, protest and your rights
Topic 9 Digital activism
Topic 10 Public interest litigation
Topic 11 Social change and conflict resolution
Topic 12 Empowerment and personal sustainability

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • Ricketts, A , 2012, The Activists' Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Participatory Democracy, Zed Books , London. ISBN: 9781848135925.

Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Lismore - BB (intensive)

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 26 hours (Over one week)
Project report 75%
Exam: take home 25%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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