HDS310 - Human Rights and Advocacy

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
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Unit chair:

Kevin Murfitt





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Contact hours:

Campus: Average of 3 hours per week

Cloud (online): 11 x 2 hour classes (recordings provided) and 10 x 1 hour online seminars


This unit aims to develop a human rights perspective and appreciate the role of advocacy for people with a disability in upholding their rights and achieving inclusion.

The unit content includes:

  • Historical background to the development of human rights
  • Description of different types of human rights
  • Contemporary rights issues such as human rights legislation in Australia, and asylum seekers and refugees
  • Human rights instruments that address rights for people with disability (all ages)
  • Developing a human rights approach in practice
  • Individual, systemic and self-advocacy
  • Contemporary advocacy practices


Assessment task 1: Fortnightly collection and analysis of media article – 20% (based on 5 fortnights x 4(160 words each) marks);

Assessment task 2: Assignment (1600 words) 40%

Assessment task 3: Case study (1600 words) 40%

Prescribed texts

Ife, J. (2012). Human rights and social work: towards rights based practice, 3rd ed., Cambridge University Press.

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