Creative Ways to Work with Community - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Politics of Participation (30%) , Essay 2 - Methods of Participation (25%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

This unit was previously known as COD334A Creative Ways to Work with Community.

Increasingly individuals, organisations, 'communities' and various government instrumentalities are signalling that community involvement in planning, management and government is something they would like to see carried out more often. At the same time, a range of imaginative strategies and tools have emerged to try and increase the level of community involvement in decision making. This unit introduces students to some of these practical participatory methods.

On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

  1. communicate using writing skills, in forms that are clear, concise, articulate and appropriate for different purposes
  2. combine learning with practice by carrying out a range of activities and exercises related to creativity and community development
  3. consider taking on various roles related to the use of creative methods with a community; including facilitating, recording, note taking, evaluation, public speaking, as well as have an idea how these all may combine to contribute to ‘artful practice’
  4. combine the art of sceptically reading academic literature with learning derived from a consideration of case studies of successful projects.
  • Essay 1 — Politics of Participation (30%)
  • Essay 2 — Methods of Participation (25%)
  • Participation — Discussion Forum (10%)
  • Reflective Task — Digital Story Book (35%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • COD334A — Creative Ways to Work with Community

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit. This unit is also equivalent to COD334 Creative Ways to Work with Community.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Community participation and engagement
2Theoretical and practical traditions of community
3Types of participation
4Digital technology and community participation
5Digital technology, sound, text and communities
6Spatial mapping and community participation
7Cultural development and arts practice

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

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