This unit of study explores the history, nature and dimensions of community development, both nationally and internationally. Focus is on analysing useful concepts, framework and strategies, including issues of participation, community organisation and the dynamics of power and influence in seeking social, economic and political change. Community development acknowledges the diversities which exist within any community whilst also recognising the potential for collaborative alliances; partnerships that link individuals with communities; community resources that mobilise change informed by a commitment to social justice; and human rights and equity for all. In addition this unit of study has a practical component which will enable students to develop their skills as community development practitioners.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate an understanding of the theories and practices of community work and community development;  
  2. Integrate knowledge of the processes of community development including the tasks involved in the various stages of this process;  
  3. Critically evaluate the construction, assumptions and scope of current practices and the context in which community development is located; and  
  4. Critically examine the capacity of the community development process to encourage and sustain change, locally, nationally and internationally.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Critical reflection on reading material (1,000 words) 30%
Presentation Community Analysis (1500 words) 30%
Report Community Project Brief (2000 words) 40%

Required reading

Community development in an uncertain world 2nd ed.
Ife, J. (2016)
Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne.

Developing communities for the future 5th ed.
Kenny, S. (2017)
Cengage Learning, South Melbourne

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