Advocacy and Social Justice

EDU40004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 24 hours Face to face Swinburne online - Nil

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23


237.5 cp from:

BA-EDUPRI(1) Bachelor of Education (Primary)
BA-EDUEC(2) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDECP(S) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
BA-EDUECT(S) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)
BA-EDU(S) Bachelor of Education



Aims and objectives

This unit provides pre-service teachers with an understanding of the concept of social justice and the skills and motivation to use that understanding to be effective advocates for children, families and their profession. An additional aim is that they gain a commitment to social justice as professionals and to teach children effectively about fairness, equity and social justice. Pre-service teachers will also gain knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives relating to difference and diversity. They will learn about an anti-bias approach and explore its implications for their teaching as they explore ways of developing meaningful connections with children, families the community.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Identify, describe and define categories of diversity and difference
2. Critically examine and apply principles of social justice
3. Apply knowledge of teaching strategies, responsive to the learning strengths and needs of children from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
4. Critically reflect to identify and challenge their own and others’ bias and stereotypes from an informed and principled perspective
5. Demonstrate and evaluate an understanding of strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students including knowledge of appropriate legislative requirements
6. Work collaboratively to develop strategies for advocacy and activism to promote the rights, interests and needs of children and their families in relation to equity and inclusion

Courses with unit

BA-EDECP / BA-EDECPS (SOL) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
BA-EDUPR Bachelor of Education (Primary)
BA-EDUEC/EDUEC2 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUS Bachelor of Education