Undergraduate | MUR-COD125 | 2024
Introduction to Community Development
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Join the debates about how to approach community development in a modern society. Research Marxist, fascist, feminist and other drastically different ideas about community development. Unpack case studies. Apply an Australian context to your studies.
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- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Start dates
- 26 Feb 2024,
- 26 Aug 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- No ATAR needed,
- No prior study
- 13 weeks
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Introduction to Community Development
About this subject
On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:
- Enhance your reading skills, including helping you to retain and record key ideas from scholarly articles.
- Enhance your written skills, so that you can communicate in a concise fashion what you have learnt and concluded from your research.
- Enhance your library skills (broadly defined) by carrying out learning tasks that require the use of the library and interpretation of materials found there.
- Enhance your critical and analytical skills by carrying out written work for assessment.
- Introductory ideas about community development
- The history of community development
- Case studies in community development
- Martin Buber and dialogue
- The critical traditions
- Freire and development
- Post-colonial traditions
- Foucault and the post-structural traditions
This subject introduces students to community development ideas and practice, 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.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Online discussion page (10%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
- Reading journal 1: Topics 1-3 (10%)
- Reading journal 2: Topics 4-8 (40%)
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