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Session2, 2

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: Introducing community development

Topic 2: Domains of community development practice

Topic 3: Ecological and social justice

Topic 4: Post-enlightenment and Indigenous perspectives

Topic 5: Community development possibilities and alternatives

Topic 6: Change from below and process

Topic 7: Global and local community development

Topic 8: Dimensions of development

Topic 9: Roles and skills

Topic 10: Contemporary practice issues

Topic 11: Summary and conclusion

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
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 Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
2 identify and discuss practices of community development, including the contemporary contexts of practice Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
3 demonstrate a critical understanding of community development as an approach to social development, philosophy and political action Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 identify and discuss contemporary issues and critiques of community development. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence

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

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

Prescribed texts

  • Ife, J, 2016, Community Development in an Uncertain World: Vision, Analysis and Practice, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, VIC. ISBN: 978-1-107-54336-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.