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HDS310 - Human Rights and Advocacy

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

Kevin Murfitt


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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
  • Relationship between the development of human rights instruments, societal perceptions and the impacts on the lives of people with a disability
  • 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: Case study (1600 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Assignment (2400 words) 60%

Prescribed texts

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

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