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Introduction to Community Development (COD125)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit 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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit 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
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 12 x 2 hour lectures, 12 x 1 hour tutorials.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit will use a combination of lectures and tutorials for internal students and recorded lectures, online discussions and self-directed learning activities for on-line students. Like other community development units, the learning approach adopted is shaped by inductive traditions of learning. In other words students are invited to observe examples of social policy (through online, digital video and written examples of current policy) and invited to draw out learning, ideas and concepts through discussion, reflection and observation
Other Learning Experiences Written Assignments, reading, viewing of practice examples and reflection on community development practice.
Assessment Journal 1 (10%); Journal 2 (40%); Invigilated Exam (40%); Participation (10%)
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Community Development (BA)
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Sociology (BA)
Sustainable Development (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Community Development
Appears in these Minors Community Development
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.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Jenna Woods
Associate Lecturer - Community Development

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6724
e: J.Woods@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.013 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Ms Jenna Woods
Associate Lecturer - Community Development

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6724
e: J.Woods@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.013 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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