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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to concepts of community from historical and sociological perspectives. Students engage with theoretical perspectives and case studies in community and will evaluate the various ways in which communities are characterised by both social cohesion and social inequality.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to community
Topic 2 Theories of community: Different ways of viewing community
Topic 3 Urbanisation and community
Topic 4 Family and community
Topic 5 Global and national communities
Topic 6 Aboriginal communities: Drawing and redrawing the boundaries of inclusion/exclusion
Topic 7 Immigrant communities
Topic 8 Religious community
Topic 9 Intentional communities
Topic 10 Virtual community
Topic 11 Revisiting concepts of community

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 explain the social dimensions of community
2 analyse the changing nature of community and its role in society
3 explain how the issues of class, status, gender, ethnicity, race and religion manifest within the context of both 'traditional' and 'modern' communities
4 critically explore and reflect upon community issues from varying theoretical standpoints.

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

  1. explain the social dimensions of community
  2. analyse the changing nature of community and its role in society
  3. explain how the issues of class, status, gender, ethnicity, race and religion manifest within the context of both 'traditional' and 'modern' communities
  4. critically explore and reflect upon community issues from varying theoretical standpoints.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.