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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.