UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SOCS5200 Digital Advocacy

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content Digital advocacy is one of the powerful approaches employed by civil society, governmental institutions, political movements and NGOs to galvanize support for influencing desired change. Digital advocacy engages with contemporary issues of power, inequality and injustice, offering strategies for social and political change that are able shape new ethical terrain for our public cultures and social worlds. In contemporary culture, digital technologies have come to play an essential role in mobilizing people around various issues and causes, opening unprecedented opportunities to advocate on a range of concerns such as social justice, inclusion and equality, public health and environmentalism, to the responsible progress of science and technology and the courses of international development. This unit introduces students to the fundamental principles and practices of digital advocacy, combining classroom, media lab and experiential learning activities to equip students with the applicable knowledge and skills essential for designing an informed, impactful and ethically engaged digital advocacy project. Assessment is based around project work to put the theoretical and skills learning into practice.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand key theories on advocacy and social change; (2) demonstrate competence in developing digital advocacy media such as videos or social media campaigns; and (3) critically engage in the link between the theory and practice of social change.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) review essay; (2) group project; and (3) reflective essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Graham Brown
Unit rules
Prerequisites: 24 credits at Level 5
Contact hours 1 week (30 hours) intensive split between lectures (15 hours) and practical training (15 hours)
Project workshops: 4 x 1 hour
Final workshop: 8 hours

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