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.

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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;  
  4. Critically analyse a current community problem, with a view to developing an intervention strategy/ies; and  
  5. Design a complete intervention plan, including an evaluation plan, informed by relevant research.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Creative Works Build a knowledge bank of community interventions (500 words) 20%
Exercise Investigate a social problem and establish validity (1500 words) 30%
Essay Design a community psychology intervention (2500 words) 50%

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