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IA5119 - Empowerment and Change

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies

This subject combines grounding in empowerment and change theory through examining the process and evaluation of the Family Well Being Empowerment Program in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over a ten year period. Drawing on this established program of empowerment research, it explores specifically what is meant by the concepts "empowerment" and "change", and how the two interrelate. The subject introduces the student to the theoretical underpinnings of the role of empowerment in enabling change, even in the most challenging and difficult situations.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the theoretical underpinnings of empowerment and change and the relationship between the two;
  • critically examine the nature of crisis and conflict situations;
  • determine steps to help oneself and others move out of conflict;
  • analyse the concepts underlying social and emotional wellbeing and their relevance to the nature and process of human relationships;
  • recognise the way one's own values and beliefs and those of broader society influence one's abilities and effectiveness in life.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to think laterally and be original;
  • The ability to conceptualise problems;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems;
  • The potential to lead and contribute to projects effectively and efficiently;
  • The ability to conduct their research in an ethical manner;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities;
  • The potential to resolve conflicts.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Professor Yvonne Cadet-James.
Assessment: project (60%); assignments (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.