This unit of study explores how a community development framework of practice can build more inclusive communities. Through discussion and analysis, experiential exercises, role-plays, and problem-solving tasks the unit of study aims to develop student skills and understanding of how to build the capacity of a community, in particular communities that have disparite elements such as a wealth divide, cultural diversity, generational differences, families and the elderly. Using a case study approach on a community the unit will utilise theories such as social inclusion, social capital and community advocacy and participation with the principles and practices of community development. The unit will consider the processes that can be utilised to build an inclusive community by also looking at a number of local communities.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse key theoretical and practical frameworks on social inclusion, advocacy and social capital;  
  2. Appraise structural, systemic, and political frameworks of fractured and dysfunctional communities;  
  3. Critically review a broad range of community programs, actions and strategies;  
  4. Assess the suitability of community development program responses;  
  5. Exhibit reflective skills in writing.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Report reflecting on a case study of a community. 30%
Presentation Peer review of community development theory and practice used in the report. 20%
Report Develop a range of community development programs for across the age span suited to the Community case study. 50%

Required reading

Contemporary conflict resolution, 2nd edn,
Miall, H, Ramsbotham, O & Woodhouse, T 2011,
Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

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