Overview

The course is a-political. It encourages you to think strategically about social change. It will introduce you to factual material and concepts that you may find unfamiliar or confronting. It proceeds on the assumption that …the truth will make you free.

Lesson one – Alfred to Federation looks at the British Isles in the ninth century as the source of the major trends that have shaped our constitutional and parliamentary system

Lesson two –  Constitutional Freedoms – looks systematically at those constitutional freedoms we do and do not have under the British constitution and the written constitution of Australia.

Lesson three – Who is the Government –  looks at the respective roles of parliament and of cabinet with reference to the European traditions of fascism and representative government.

Lesson four – Influencing Parliamentarians – is a practical guide to lobbying your representatives at local, State/Territory and National levels.

Lesson five – The Policy Cycle – Influencing the Public Service – examines the work of the public service and how you can influence public service policy formation.

Lesson six – Unseen Influencers – in this lesson we pull back the veil and have a hard look at some realities about who has influence ‘below the radar’ of public discussion.

Lesson seven – Major Trends – considers four major trends that are shaping long term social and economic policy in the Western World.

Lesson eight – Western World Mass Social Movements – provides an overview of mass social movement and considers what causes them to succeed or fail. Compares and contrasts movements. Introduces the ‘Hegelian dialectic’ model of social campaigning.

Lesson nine – Activism, Terrorism, and Social Change – explains why people become activists. Violent and non-violent strategies for social change are examined. The activist spectrum and ‘conflict of visions’ model of social conflict are explained.

 

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