Stage One 
February -May

Consisting of a series of fortnightly workshops and occasional retreats designed to empower fellows with the essential skills and knowledge to become more actively engaged within the political community of Australia on political issues of critical importance to both fellows and the Jewish community in Australia.

As well as having a strong focus on the necessary skills and knowledge to plan, build and execute political projects, topics will also offer participants knowledge of and experience in the Australian political system, comprehension of the student political landscape and proficiency in key foundational skills for a career in politics.

The curriculum covers 24 topics over a ten-month period and will roll out across several retreats, workshops. The curriculum will also involve regular masterclasses with a range of experts and political stakeholders and regular drop-in sessions with carefully matched elite mentors to assist fellows in every aspect of their professional development

Stage Two June- September: 

The Fellowship will transition from stage one into stage two with a trip to the US to give fellows the opportunity to meet with political organisers and leaders, as well as Jewish representative and advocacy groups in the US.

Regular mentor-fellow drop-in sessions will continue throughout this stage as fellows harness the skills and knowledge developed from stage one to initiate and lead social change and political advocacy projects on issues which fellows are most passionate about. The projects will aim for genuine and real impact on wider society and will engage stakeholders throughout the wider Australian society and political community.

Stage Three

on successful execution of the projects in stage two, fellows will be placed in internships with a focus on genuine responsibility and participation in the work done by the relevant agency or organisation. Interns will be placed with Members of Parliament, social change and politically focused NGOs, policy think tanks, government agencies and departments, or Jewish representative political organisations. Through the internship placements, fellows will acquire a working knowledge and nuanced insight into the work and perspectives of the relevant organisation.

T h e    S u s a n    W a k i l    F e l l o w s h i p     C u r r i c u l u m

Student and Youth Politics

Community Organizing

Political Strategy

Public Relations, Public Diplomacy and the Media

The Architecture of Australian and World Jewry

The Australian Political System

A History of Antisemitism and its Contemporary Forms

Social Media Campaigning

Creating a project and team building

Styles and modes of  Leadership

UN Resolution 3379

Communication Strategy – Messaging and Framing

Political Philosophy

The Changing Student and Political Landscapes

Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis

Sourcing Funding and Budget Management

Executing Political Projects

The role of research in Social and Political Change

Political Satire and Commentary

The Political Challenges of the Future: For Australia, For Students and for the Jewish Community

Selected Workshop Briefs

Messaging and framing Fellows look over the critical political speeches and media campaigns that have shaped Australia’s identity and legislative progression.

This class will break down both the effective modes of communication where politicians and opinion leaders have managed to mobilize social and political support for public policy and action, as well as the not so successful campaigns that led to political demise and obscurity.  

By the end of this session fellows will have a detailed understanding of effective modes of communication and framing, and the ability to identify and develop their own messaging and framing strategy.

Political Philosophy This class will offer an insight into the ideological and philosophical framework that underpins all political doctrines. It will review the major political ideologies of our time, and the parties that represent their philosophies will be identified.

The class will leave fellows with ability to identify key phrases and beliefs that are grounded in ideological axioms, i.e the ideological and philosophical ‘truth values’ and ‘ethic values’ that they take for granted when making their declarations.

This will allow them to sympathies, understand and relate to the values and belief systems of the agent articulating them.

Executing Political Projects This class will review  historical examples of successful projects which created social change in Australia and Jewish community. The fellows will learn about the institutions of power that enable change or support the status quo. It will review how to change, or reinforce public policy, through the traditional halls of power, or outside the system, for example through civil disobedience campaigns.

A step-by-step run through of the life-cycle of developing and implementing a political project will leave the fellows with a framework to developed their own. This class will strengthen the fellows understanding of what kind of methodology needs to take place to execute a successful political project.

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