This unit examines community psychology interventions in multiple levels of analysis, from small groups, to organisational contexts to broader community settings.  Prevention strategies are critically explored, including primary prevention programs, secondary prevention strategies, tertiary prevention strategies and the notion of 'at-risk.  The emphasis is on evidence-based interventions, and the capacity to critically evaluate existing community-based interventions.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple levels requiring analysis for community problem-solving ; from individual to broader contexts, including cultural factors and notions of empowerment;  
  2. Explain and apply the philosophy and principles for successful and sustainable community interventions;  
  3. Examine the range of prevention strategies, including individual and larger group interventions, in light of local and international practices; and  
  4. Critically reflect on community intervention approaches and/or frameworks.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Agency report on community intervention strategies (800 words) 20%
Assignment Critical reflection on community psychology intervention strategy frameworks (1000 words) 30%
Assignment Community psychology intervention plan (3000 words) 50%

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.