Community Work Practice - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Case Study (30%) , Portfolio - Community Dev Practice (40%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

Community has a central place in contemporary human service policy and practice. This course locates the current emphasis on community within a wider historical, philosophical and theoretical context. The models, methods, skills and strategies of community work as they apply in different contexts are critically examined. Students are supported to re-examine their work from a community perspective and to plan, implement and evaluate a community-oriented task.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. Describe how the historical development of community work relates to contemporary events
  2. Discuss relevant theories and concepts informing community work
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of developmental approaches to community work
  4. Overview the stages of the community work method and the skills applicable to each stage
  5. Describe a number of strategic approaches to community work, including community service, community action, community work, community development and community education
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of issues around power and empowerment
  7. Discuss frameworks for understanding and promoting participation with particular reference to groups who have been excluded
  8. Describe the necessity for, and processes of, working with a number of stakeholders across various systems and the uses of networking to effect change.
  9. Discuss the steps involved in getting to know a community
  10. Consider the application of community development in key contexts, e.g. rural, regional, urban, new suburbs, with diverse groups as well as particular groups.
  11. Describe key community work roles and strategies
  12. Critically analyse case studies to examine the ways in which community development processes encourage and sustain change
  13. Identify the circumstances for choosing community development over other approaches
  14. Demonstrate a capacity to reflect on own practice.
  • Assignment — Case Study (30%)
  • Portfolio — Community Dev Practice (40%)
  • Presentation — Presentation (30%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Admission to MSocial Work OUA course required

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is Contemporary Community Practice?
2Context of Community Work Practice
3Building Community and Community Development - Framing Change
4Introducing Method - the logic of community practice
5Further Exploration of Method
6Method and Dialogue
7Community Development and Empowerment: Exploring the community development and empowerment through the work of indigenous community practice.
8Strategy in Community Development
9Market Economy and Market Society - impact of neo liberalism on human services and what this means for community practice.
10International Community Development Practice
11Critical Reflection of Practice: Developing a set of understandings regarding reflection on practice.
12Emerging Strategies, Global and Local

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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