DVST303 - Advocacy and Policy Development

10 cp
Prerequisites 10 cp from 200-level units in International Development Studies
Teaching Organisation 3 hours per week for 12 weeks or equivalent

This is a specified unit for the Bachelor of International Development Studies and is available as an elective unit or as part of a minor sequence in the Bachelor of Arts. The development sector requires professionals skilled in advocacy strategies.

This unit explores different modes of advocacy. Advocacy is a strategic method for achieving positive social change through persuasion and diplomacy, trust and relationship building, education and information, use of communication and media, and strategic partnership. Effective advocacy is one of the pillars of humanitarian efforts and responses conducted before and after crises and in situations of protracted vulnerability, suffering or conflict. In these situations development practitioners try to influence the policies and actions of local, national, regional and international institutions and actors so that they better address the unique challenges faced by communities. This usually includes working to ensure that humanitarian responses are appropriate to community needs and rights, and that they respect humanitarian principles. It can also mean seeking to tackle some of the underlying causes of humanitarian suffering. The unit includes advocating for children and vulnerable adults.

This unit will explore how to develop and implement advocacy strategies and policy in international and humanitarian settings. In particular it will explore using humanitarian principles and international law as tools for humanitarian advocacy.