LAWS3316 Law, Advocacy, Activism and Change

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
This unit represents the capstone experience for Law and Society students. It engages students in a socio-legal study of the role of the advocate and activist as a creator of social and legal change. It explores the reciprocal relationship between law and social change, and social change and law, and the role of advocacy and activism in the process, particularly in a globalised and digital environment. Students study the theoretical and ethical dimensions of these phenomena, in addition to investigating advocacy, activism and change in the real world. The unit explores a number of law and society themes and emerging local and global legal and social justice issues. Students hear from activists and advocates across a range of topics such as social justice and environmental issues. These could include pro-bono lawyers, ‘cause' lawyers, advocate judges, lobbyists, community legal service workers, government policy officers, law reform commissioners, parliamentarians, journalists, NGOs and academics.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical, ethical and practical dimensions of advocacy and activism as a creator of social and legal change, with reference to contemporary legal and social justice issues; (2) demonstrate a deeper understanding of the underlying dynamics of the interdisciplinary field of law and society, including the players and power structures and role and identity of advocates and activists at a local and global level; (3) demonstrate an understanding and critique of tools and strategies used by advocates and activists in a globalised and digital world; and (4) use judgement and initiative by developing the capacity for effective citizenship and teamwork.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) tutorial presentation; and (3) research project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Marilyn Bromberg
Unit rules
Completion of at least 78 points which must include LAWS2227 Law in Action and at least one other level two Law and Society option unit
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.