Human Services (HSRV) 421

Advocacy from the Margins (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: WGST 200 or WGST 266 or equivalent.

Precluded Course: HSRV 421 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with WGST 421. HSRV 421 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for WMST 321, WGST 421, or WMST 421.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Human Services 421: Advocacy from the Margins introduces you to the meaning, history, tools, group processes, and strategies associated with advocacy for women and other marginalized groups who face injustice around the world. The course stresses the importance of advocacy group processes as well as advocacy strategies and tools. It also encourages you to begin advocating with those who are on the margins and faced with injustice.


Part I: Foundations of Feminist Advocacy

  • Unit 1: What Is Advocacy from the Margins?
  • Unit 2: Foundations of Advocacy from the Margins
  • Unit 3: Advocacy Processes

Part II: Advocacy Issues and Strategies

  • Unit 4: Advocacy for Reproductive Freedom, Health, and Safety
  • Unit 5: Advocacy for Egalitarian Politics and Reform of the State
  • Unit 6: Advocacy for Economic Equality
  • Unit 7: Advocacy for Families: Childbirth, Mothering, and Childcare
  • Unit 8: Transnational Advocacy in a Threatened Climate

Part III: The Tools of Advocacy

  • Unit 9: Traditional Tools for Advocacy
  • Unit 10: Advocacy Through the Internet and Other Electronic Media
  • Unit 11: Advocacy Through Music and Other Cultural Forms

Part IV: Looking Ahead

  • Unit 12: Advocacy and the Future


To receive credit for HSRV 421, you must complete four assignments and achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) or better on each assignment. The weighting for each assignment are as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1: Three Short Essays 15%
Assignment 2: Critique of an Advocacy Strategy 30%
Assignment 3: Plan for Advocacy 35%
Assignment 4: Begin to Advocate 20%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Agnew, V. et al. (Eds.). (2006). Canadian feminism in action (Special issue). Canadian Woman Studies 25(3/4).

Chinn, P. L. (2013). Peace and power: New directions for building community (8th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Rebick, J. (2005). Ten thousand roses: The making of a feminist revolution. Toronto: Penguin Canada Books.

Other Material

All other course materials are available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, December 7, 2017.

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