LAWS3316 Law, Advocacy, Activism and Change

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
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
Note
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.
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  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.