Community Development: Theory and Practice

    Unit code: ASA5001 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Footscray Park


    This unit 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 positionality and how their views have been shaped by the dominant economic paradigm. The unit focuses also on various development frameworks and their approaches to environmental sustainability, equality and human rights. Further, the unit engages learners in a self-critique as global actors in development and social change. Students interrogate practices in poverty reduction, marginalisation, community organisation and conscientisation, to develop clarity of their own praxis.

    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 community 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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Review
    Grade: 20%
    Review an item in the unit reading list.
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 15%
    Lead class discussion and analysis of article/chapter reviewed.
    Assessment type: Journal
    Grade: 15%
    Debate on a Community Development Key Concept
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 50%
    Perspectives on theory and practice.

    Required reading

    Students will be provided with a reading list via VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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