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WS5103 - Community Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

A variety of theoretical and practical approaches to community development work will be explored in this subject, through a guided reading program and the use of Australian and international case studies. In particular, this subject seeks to develop a critical analysis of the practice of community development through assessment of the social, political and ideological contexts in which it is practised.

Learning Outcomes

  • a critical understanding of the social, political and ideological context of community development practice;
  • an awareness of a range of theoretical and practical approaches to community development;
  • an awareness of the micro and macro processes essential to successful community development practice;
  • to locate community development work within the broader social welfare/social change arena and development and other forms of social welfare/social change practice.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Abraham Francis
Method of Delivery: CDROM
Assessment: essays (50%); discussion paper (50%).

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