ADS721 - Policy and Advocacy in Development Contexts


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week


Much of today’s poverty, social exclusion, inequality, structural barriers to full participation in society, and underdevelopment – whether in developed or developing countries – is in part driven by poor government policy and governance. Addressing those issues will thus require changes in policy processes and outcomes. Therefore, sound government policy has an important role to play in alleviating poverty and inequality. This unit explores the role NGOs can have in contributing to improved policy development processes, both from the inside, and through advocacy.

In this unit, we explore areas such as the role of policy in reinforcing unequal social structures, the importance of policy for building more equitable societies, and how to work with governments at all levels, in both developed and developing contexts, to improve policy processes and outcomes. Using case studies and existing research, we will investigate approaches to building policy and community consultation capacity in developing country governments, as well as how NGOs in any context can advocate for policy change to improve the lives of disempowered populations.

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