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Indigenous Community Development (COD301)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Introduces students to work with Indigenous Australian communities. It begins with an examination of the history of 'outsider' responses (including legislation, policy and practice) to the lives of Indigenous communities. This is contrasted with an exploration of different ways (including autobiography, film, visual arts, theatre, song and oration) Indigenous groups articulate community stories, needs and solutions. In addition, students will be introduced to some of the Indigenous language conceptual devices that have been used to shape 'community-controlled' work.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit:
1. Students will be contribute to weekly online discussions related to the range of contextual factors that shape different forms of community work with Indigenous communities
2. Students will be able to draw upon a range of genres and cultural forms used by Indigenous groups to tell their stories of community-driven initiatives, understand the ways in which legislation and policy, audience, institutional context, history and practice form impacts on their lives.
3. Students will be able to prepare a digital 'story' to pitch the merits of a community-based project in an Indigenous community.
4. Students will be able to carry out desk-top research and write a short essay on at least three Indigenous conceptual devices used in community practice. bibliography designed to review the importance of story in community.
5. Students will participate in one 'on-country' (off campus) and 'online' field trip, visiting a community development project that involves Indigenous people.
Timetabled Learning Activities 10 x 3 hour workshops for on-campus students. Audio recordings of workshops, digital reports on workshop activities, powerpoint presentations and on-line readings for on-line students.Written Assignments, reading, creation of a digital 'story', viewing of practice examples and a field visit.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is arranged into 10 x 3 hour workshops for internal students and recorded presentations, online discussions and self-directed learning activities for on-line students. The learning approach adopted is strongly shaped by inductive and experiential traditions of learning. In other words, there will be a combination of instruction in some of the history, language and practice and opportunities for learning where students are invited to 'kulini' (Anangu term for deep listening) to Indigenous people talk about and carry out community work. A range of 'live' examples of community development practice (viewed through online, digital video and written examples of current policy) will be offered to extend people's repertoires for working with Indigenous communities.
Other Learning Experiences Written Assignments, reading, creation of a digital 'story', viewing of practice examples and a field visit.
Assessment Workshop participation (discussion page for online students) 10%. Pitch for project 20%. Digital 'story' on pitch 35%. Essay 35%.
Prerequisites nil
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Community Development (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors 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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
COD301
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
COD301

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-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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