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Subject details

On successful completion of the subject 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.
  • Topics

    • 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
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

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

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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.

  • Online discussion page (10%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Journal (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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