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HSW2100 Advocacy, Allies and Peer Support

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay No 50 1,2,3
Assignments Written Report No 50 2,4,5
Date printed 30 June 2022