Introduction to Community Development - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Journal (50%) , Non-Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces students to sociological approaches to community development with particular reference to its application in the Australian context. It will examine the emergence of the concept of community development and its meanings across diverse areas of practice. A key focus of the unit will be challenges posed by matching theory and practice in community development. Towards this end, students will be expected to become familiar with, and aware of, the limitations of key methodologies in community development.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. be knowledgeable about the diversity of approaches to community development in the Australian context
  2. be aware of the history of community development
  3. gain an understanding of the social processes, institutions and issues that shape contemporary views of community development
  4. be aware of the limitations of community development and to be able to critique one dominant approach.
  • Journal (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Participation (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Interrogating our desire for community development: unit introductions
2Community development: what do they say it is?
3The history of community development in Australia
4Nidja Noongar Noonook Nyininy: a case study in community driven education
5Fascist ideas in community development
6Empowering individuals: classic liberalism and community development
7Yiriman caring for country: another case study in community development
8The critique of bourgeois case work: neo-Marxian and feminist thought in community development
9Ordering communities: post-structuralism, Foucault and another critique of community development
10Showing them a thing or two: post-colonial theory and community development
11Building capacity, social inclusion and social capital: governing by community
12The kids place mapping project: one other case study in community development

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

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

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.

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