This unit (ASA5001) critically reviews a variety of contemporary community development perspectives. The focus is upon understanding the context of international social, economic and political development. Students will critique how they understand their own location and how their views have been shaped by the dominant economic paradigm. The unit focuses also on various development frameworks and their stance regarding environmental sustainability, equality and human rights. Further, the unit engages learners in a self-critique as global players in development and social change. Students interrogate practices in poverty reduction, marginalisation, community organisation and conscientisation, to develop clarity of their own praxis.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Advocate their own position and motivation to undertake community development work;  
  2. Commentate upon key principles of communicate development in international and local contexts;  
  3. Deconstruct contemporary development-related issues; and  
  4. Interrogate the roles of culture, politics, economy and different social contexts in community development.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Review an item in the unit reading list. 20%
Journal Weekly reflections on topics covered. Students can focus on one or more ideas. 30%
Presentation Lead class discussion and analysis of article/chapter reviewed. 10%
Essay Essay on one of the suggested topics. 40%

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