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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces key concepts and perspectives related to understanding community development and identifies skills and issues where they are relevant to community development. Community development infers social change driven by the community. The two major areas of study are theoretical accounts of community development, and community development skills and issue.

Unit content

Topic 1: Imagining community development
Topic 2: Contexts of practice
Topic 3: Approaches to community development
Topic 4: Community development processes, practices and values
Topic 5: Ecological sustainability and justice
Topic 6: Social justice and human rights
Topic 7: Empowerment
Topic 8: Organising and collective action
Topic 9: Principled practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe community development using values, principles and concepts of community development
2 identify and discuss practices of community development, including the contemporary contexts of practice
3 demonstrate a critical understanding of community development as an approach to social development, philosophy and political action
4 identify and discuss contemporary issues and critiques of community development.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe community development using values, principles and concepts of community development
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  2. identify and discuss practices of community development, including the contemporary contexts of practice
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. demonstrate a critical understanding of community development as an approach to social development, philosophy and political action
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. identify and discuss contemporary issues and critiques of community development.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • Ife, J, 2013, Community Development in an Uncertain World: Vision, Analysis and Practice, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN: 978-1-107-62849-6.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.