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HDS310 - Human Rights and Advocacy

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Kevin Murfitt





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: Average of 3 hours per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


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: Weekly post to discussion board analysing media item 20% (based on 10 weeks x 2 marks)
Assessment task 2: Assignment (2000 words) 50%
Assessment task 3: Case study (1200 words) 30%

Prescribed texts

Ife, J. (2001 ) Human Rights and Social Work: Towards Rights Based Practice. Cambridge University Press

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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