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LAWS3316 Law, Advocacy, Activism and Change

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
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 Fiona McGaughey
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
If you are currently unable to enter Western Australia and require this unit as part of your 2021 enrolment, please contact [email protected] with full details of your location and course to discuss online options.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.