Introduction to Community Development - 2018

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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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

This unit introduces students to ideas, history and case studies in relation 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. They will also be introduced to four examples of community development.

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

  1. read and offer a critical account of literature concerned with the practice of community development
  2. explain how a range of key writer/practitioners approach the idea of community development
  3. examine the strengths and limits of community development practice
  4. use the literature to critically write about at least one case study of community development
  5. understand the history of community development.
  • Journal (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Participation — Online discussion page (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introductory ideas about community development
2The history of community development
3Case studies in community development
4Martin Buber and dialogue
5The critical traditions
6Freire and development
7Post-colonial traditions
8Foucault and the post-structural traditions

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

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

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

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  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.
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