Stories of Doing Community Work
Assemble a more complete view of the areas of practice that make up community development. Digest practical examples of community projects. Grasp the role community development plays in social work, remote area education, aid work and government.
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- 30 Aug 2021
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- develop conceptual frameworks to understand the range of settings where ideas about Community Development are put into practice
- become knowledgeable about a number of specific Community Development sites and target groups
- extend their understanding of the part story and narrative has to play in contemporary Community Development practice
- develop a funding proposal to support a community-based project.
- Introduction - how do we understand community development in different settings?
- Working with refugees and migrants
- Developing funding proposals
- Working with women and men
- Working in regional Australia
- Sustainable practices and community
- Community development with the big end of town
- Sport and community building
- The non-government 'welfare' environment
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in this subject.
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as COD235A Community Work Across Sites, Settings and Peoples.
Community development is used in a variety of contexts by many different groups. This subject provides an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of settings and areas of practice within community development in contemporary Australia. It examines the important part that story has in both shaping practice and methodologies. Students will gain skills and experience in describing and critically reflecting upon practical examples of community development in practice. They will learn skills to help with the preparation of funding applications.
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.
Students are asked to prepare written assignments that examine particular fields of interest in the social policy field, the influence of language in social policy and to explore how theory and practice intersect. The assessments are designed to build student skills in research, social policy analysis and community-based policy development.
- Participation in discussion forum (10%)
- Bibliography (20%)
- Invigilated Exam (30%)
- Proposal (40%)
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