This unit introduces students to the theories and practices of community development. The unit begins with a discussion of the concept of community and the nature of community development work. The unit introduces the historical emergence and evolution of community development, both in Australia and globally. These include United Nations, Western models and Third World models. It also aims to familiarise students with existing and emerging linkages between community development and action at local, regional, national and global levels. As conjunction with this, students are introduced to issues and methods of research as a way to explore and analyse community development models.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Substantiate recommendations and conclusions by locating and synthesising findings from a range of relevant research literatures;  
  2. Propose contextually relevant responses to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements clearly and succinctly through an oral presentation; and  
  3. Communicate effectively with people whose culture is very different from their own to research community development models determined to be the most relevant to their own background experience or their work with communities.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Team oral presentation of development trends. Submission of summary (500 word) 30%
Assignment Review one community development book (1,000 words) 25%
Essay Write a portfolio to demonstrate reflective practice on theories and practices introduced in this unit (1,500 words) 45%
3000 total effective words

Required reading

Promoting community change: Making it happen in the real world 5th edition
Horman, M,S (2014)
Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole

Community development in an uncertain world
Ife, J. (2013)
French's Forest: Pearson Education

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