Human rights and social advocacy

BASS – FOL /WEL 303A/Term 3, 2014

Assessment Brief
Program Bachelor of Applied Social Science
Subject Human rights and social advocacy
Subject code WEL 303A
Name of assessment Assessment 3: Case Study
Length 2,500 words
Learning outcomes addressed
by this assessment:
A, B, C, D, E, F
Submission Date: End of week 11, Sunday 11.55 pm
Assessment brief summary: A case study on a national social issue involving an abuse of human
Total marks 55
Weighting 55%
Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the
total mark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 4 mark penalty per day.
Students must attempt all tasks in the unit to be eligible to pass the unit.
More information can be found in Think Education Assessment Policy document on the Think Education website

BASS – FOL /WEL 303A/Term 3, 2014
Assessment Task:
Write a case study on one of the following social issues:

Mandatory Detention of asylum seekers
Government’s refusal to legalise same‐sex marriage
Gender inequality in the workplace
The Northern Territory Emergency Response

In your case study, discuss the background or context of the social issue; explain why this particular
social issue represents an abuse of human rights; discuss which particular human rights have been
abused; the advocacy work around this issue, and the successes or failures of such advocacy.
Drawing on wider international research and practice in this area, make recommendations for how
the human rights of those affected can be ensured and protected.
Marking criteria:

Max. marks
in category
Clear review of the social issue 10
Clear understanding of the human rights implications of this social problem 10
Discussion of successes and failures of advocacy around this issue 10
Recommendations 10
Word count, readability, and structure 5
In‐text references and reference list and correct use of referencing style 5
Total: 55

BASS – FOL /WEL 303A/Term 3, 2014
What we want to see:
The work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. We
recommend you work with your Academic Writing Guide to ensure that you reference correctly. You
will find a link to this document on the main page of every unit, under the ‘Assessments’ section.
Correct academic writing and referencing are essential tasks that you need to learn. We
recommend a
minimum of ten references.
Referencing: References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic
sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a
reference, but not the Study Guide and lecture notes. We want to see evidence that you are capable
of conducting your own research. Also, in order to help markers determine students’ understanding
of the work they cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page
number/s if shown in the original.
Researching: You can search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online
journal databases and which can be accessed from the library homepage. Reputable news sites
such as
The Conversation (, online dictionaries and online
encyclopedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic. Government
departments, research institutes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council
(NHMRC), international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local not
for profit organisations such as the Cancer Council are also good resources.
Formatting: The assessment MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other
formats may not be readable by markers. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in other
formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in Word.
What we don’t want to see:
: All sources of information need to properly be acknowledged. Please refer to the
plagiarism website on blackboard
i. By clicking the ‘Upload this file’ button you acknowledge that you
have read, understood and can confirm that the work you are about to submit complies with the
Flexible and Online plagiarism policy as shown in the JNI Student Handbook. Like other forms of
cheating plagiarism is treated seriously. Plagiarising students will be referred to the Program
Word Count: Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count – as a general rule you
may go over or under by 10% than the stated length.
Late Submissions: Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10%
penalty per day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 30 will incur 3 marks
penalty per day.
No submission: Students must attempt all tasks to be eligible to pass the unit.
More information can be found in Think Education Assessment Policy document on the Think
Education website.

BASS – FOL /WEL 303A/Term 3, 2014
Resources Available to YOU:
1. Academic writing guide link
2. Writing & referencing: The link to the Learning and Academic Skills Unit
is on the left pulldown menu on the blackboard home page:
LASU also provides a series of academic skills tutorials. Please contact Caroline
Spaans (
[email protected], 02 949 232 14).
Researching: A guide to researching is available on the library page
Please contact the online and Pyrmont librarian for Health, Dawn Vaux
([email protected]) if you would like further help or a tutorial on how to do
research this way.
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