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Community Development (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Community Development (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
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Academic Chair: Dr David Palmer | Email: D.Palmer@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2288

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Community Development
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Description Increasingly non- government, organisations, universities, business and various government instrumentalities are signalling a keenness to see 'community' more involved in their work. As a consequence neighbourhood groups, activists, groups working in overseas settings, schools, local councils, ecologists, Indigenous groups, social services organisations, resource companies, artists, businesses and universities are all talking about community development as a new way of doing things. This major is designed to prepare students to work in various fields and industries where community development is being taken up. It provides students with the chance to combine the study of 'real' and working examples of practice, the social and policy context confronting contemporary communities, intellectual traditions used to understand community work and some of the skills that are important in everyday community-based settings.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Required short work placement or practice project component.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Students graduating with a Major in Community Development will be able to:
* Understand and evaluate literature written about community development
* Understand the scope and nature of community development as it is being carried out in a range of social, geographic, industry and cultural contexts
* Understand a range of social policy 'governmentalities' and approaches that shape contemporary work with community.

SKILLS
Students graduating with a Major in Community Development will have the skills to:
* Use creative and professional styles and genres to write for a range of community audiences
* Develop a research plan to carry out a community survey, plan or participatory process
* Prepare a policy document for professional practice
* Prepare an applicaton for funding
* Use relevant technologies and techniques to encourage community participation and achieve a range of creative outcomes with community
* Prepare written document on behalf of and in conjunction with community groups

APPLICATION
Students graduating with a Major in Community Development will have the knowledge and skills to:
* Interpret, communicate and present ideas in (or in relation to) a variety of community contexts to a range of audiences
* Work collaboratively and independently in the range of settings to respond to project demands and community groups
* Reflect, skeptically and creatively, on the social, ethical and political context that confronts professional practice
* Function with creativity, innovation, elegence and cross-cultural dexterity to the many needs, demands and opportunities confronting the communities with whom they work.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Careers in local government, community services, remote area education, indigenous communities, community arts and cultural development, overseas aid work, sustainable development, social work-related areas, economic, social and urban planning.
Recommended Double Majors Australian Indigenous Studies; Sociology; Sustainable Development (OUA)
Main research areas Social change and social equity.
Credits and Exemptions Students from the TAFE Community Work diploma and from other relevant diplomas may receive credits and exemptions.
Languages and Writing Skills Community Development students are strongly encouraged to include a writing unit in their selection of a general elective at either Part I or Part II. It is also recommended that students consider studying a language other than English, with Indonesian, Japanese, Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek, all available at Murdoch through the Asian Studies or Theology courses.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

COD125 Introduction to Community Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SOC134 Introduction to Sociology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS100 Introduction to Sustainable Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

COD201 Stories of doing Community Work - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

COD302 Creative Ways to Work with Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

AIS204 Indigenous Australia and the Nation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS207 Overseas Aid and International Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

SUS310 Sustainable Urban Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

COD303 Preparing for Professional Community Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

COD214 Social Policy and Community Action - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

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