Australian Advocacy/ What is it and an Analysis of a specific Australian Advocay Event.

Topic
Choose an example of advocacy to analyse. This can be something you have participated in, observed,
and/or researched, so long as you have enough information to analyse it fully. It need not be an example
of current advocacy, but can be an historical example “ so long as it is Australian. Your analysis should
include enough description and argument to show why the example can legitimately be defined as
advocacy, and what type(s) of advocacy best describe(s) it. Your analysis should also apply some of
the unit concepts about theories of power and social change that you think are relevant, and include
a brief discussion of how the advocacy relates to the concepts of social action and social movements.
The analysis should address possible relevant ethical dilemmas, and say what aspects of the political
context are applicable (historical examples can compare the political context then and now). Headings are
allowed.
Marking criteria
Identification and description of suitable instance of advocacy, including identification of type(s) of
advocacy (8 marks)
Analysis of context in terms of theories about power, social change, social action and social
movements (8 marks)
Identification and discussion of possible ethical dilemmas (8 marks)
Analysis of context in terms of the relevant Australian political climate (8 marks)
Assignment structure, argument, expression and referencing (8 marks)1

Learning objectives
By the end of this module, you should be able to:
explain what advocacy is in a human services context
understand the difference between micro and macro advocacy, and their
interrelationship
distinguish between advocacy and other forms of community practice
be alert to a range of ethical implications in advocacy practice
identify the level of usefulness of a range of theories about power in macro
advocacy attempts at social change
locate advocacy s place in the broad context of social action and social
movements
understand the conditions under which advocates must perform in today s
Australia.
he tripartite nature of relations under the umbrella of advocacy is sometimes
obscured by the very wide range of types of advocacy referred to in the literature,
some of which are:
Self advocacy
Individual advocacy
Case advocacy
Citizen advocacy
Peer advocacy
Parent advocacy
Family advocacy
Group advocacy
Community advocacy
Cause advocacy
Systems advocacy
Public interest advocacy
Class advocacy
Legislative advocacy
Administrative advocacy
Legal advocacy
Agency advocacy
Internal advocacy (aimed at change from the inside of an agency)
External advocacy
Professional advocacy
Formal advocacy
Informal advocacy
Representational advocacy
Insider/outsider advocacy
ESSAY SHOULD COVER: What is advocacy?,Values and ethics of advocacy,Empowerment and mutuality,Advocacy concerning people with reduced
decision-making powers,
Ethical dilemmas for advocacy organisation,Advocacy, power and social
change,Advocacy, social action and
social movements,Advocacy “ the Australian
political context.

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