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Co-Major (2020)

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Community Development

Title Community Development
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Special requirements Required short work placement or practice project component.
Excluded Majors
Excluded Minors
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.
Description Working with community is often complex and demands sophisticated skills and 'artfulness'. Success comes to those who possess a combination of wisdom, high-end knowledge of relationships, considerable diplomacy, tenderness and 'smarts'. Often we need to balance a clear head, soft heart, kindness, emotional and social maturity and ethical strength. Although many think that working with community comes naturally there is much to learn and good practitioners are in great demand.

This course takes you to 'living' examples of community development, introduces you to other people's ideas about what works, and has you thinking and talking about what you see and read. The Community Development co-major gives you the chance to extend your repertoire and build your imagination for how things could be different for communities. This co-major is for people seeking to augment their work with community in a range of settings including local government, not-for-profit organisations, Aboriginal Community controlled groups, community arts centres, social service organisations, and the resources sector.
Internship Students taking the Co-Major in Community Development have the option of selecting COD3xx Internship or Community-based Project (6 points) in place of the Year 2 and Year 3 units for the Murdoch University spine component of the BA degree.
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Co-Major Structure - 18 credit points

100 Level Units - 3 credit points

Core Unit - 3 credit points

COD125 Introduction to Community Development - 3 points

200 Level Units - 6 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

COD201 Stories of Doing Community Work - 3 points

COD214 Social Policy and Community Action - 3 points

300 Level Units - 9 credit points

Core Units - 9 credit points

COD302 Creative Ways to Work with Community - 3 points

COD301 Indigenous Community Development - 3 points

SUS310 Sustainable Urban Communities - 3 points

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