Community Development

    Unit code: ASW3105 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson


    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.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

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

    Required reading

    Community development in an uncertain world
    Ife, J. (2016)| Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne.
    Developing communities for the future
    Kenny, S. (2017)| Cengage Learning, South Melbourne

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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