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Community Development Theory and Practice (COD545)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description The unit begins by comparing and contrasting what different people say when they try and describe community development. To help in this regard it provides an introduction to the range of theoretical traditions that have shaped community development practice. The unit also turns itself to business of writing for a community audience. Students will be asked to begin the process of using skills learnt at university to assist community groups achieve some of their aspirations.
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
6. Examine the range of challenges that confront community workers as they move in and out of community.
Timetabled Learning Activities Six workshops of up to 3 hours per week. Access to lectures introducing students to community development. Audio recordings of lectures, PowerPoint presentations and online readings of online students.
Unit Learning Experiences Students are offered reading material and access to lectures that introduce people to community development. In addition the unit is arranged into six workshops for internal students and set of workshop scripts, PowerPoint presentations, online discussions and self-directed learning activities for online 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 that provides a background and context to the field of inquiry, exploration of case studies.
Other Learning Experiences Written assignments, reading, viewing of practice examples and reflection on writing for community development.
Assessment Diagnostic writing 10%
Reading journal 30%
Writing for community project and reflection 30%
Essay exam on traditions of community practice 30%
The assessment is designed to build student's conceptual knowledge and exercise their skills in writing for different audiences.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed COD125 Introduction to Community Development cannot enrol in this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Community Development (GradCertCommDev)
Graduate Certificate in Design Thinking (GradCertDesThink)
Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GradDipAsianSt)
Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Graduate Diploma in Design Thinking and Service Innovation (GradDipDesThink&SvcInnov)
Master of Asian Studies (MAsianSt)
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Master of Divinity (MDiv) [New in 2014]
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.


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