University of Technology Sydney

21881 Advocacy and Social Change

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This subject explores the theoretical frameworks related to advocacy and activism in the context of not-for-profit and social enterprise management. One of the defining features of not-for-profit and social enterprise is that they have a social purpose. In order to achieve this social purpose, not-for-profit and social enterprises must engage in forms of advocacy in order to achieve social change. The subject explores the context of advocacy for not-for-profit and social enterprises both in Australia and internationally. It examines a variety of useful advocacy strategies for engaging with businesses, government, the public, indigenous peoples, and individuals in and beyond the third sector. The alignment of different advocacy strategies with an organisation’s mission is explored, as are legal and ethical issues related to advocacy. Students develop a tailored advocacy strategy, including consideration of appropriate tactics and development and application of communication skills for effective and empathetic advocacy with a range of stakeholders.

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