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Creative Ways to Work with Community (COD302)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Increasingly individuals, organisations, 'communities', industry and various government organizations are signaling they want more community involvement in planning, management and governing. This has seen a renaissance in ideas such as community participation, community engagement, and deliberative democracy. At the same time, a range of imaginative strategies and tools have emerged to try and increase the level of community involvement in decision making. This unit introduces students to some of these practical and creative methods to achieve these outcomes.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Communicate using writing skills, in forms that are clear, concise, articulate and appropriate for different purposes.
2. Combine learning with practice by carrying out a range of activities and exercises related to creativity and community development.
3. Consider taking on various roles related to the use of creative methods with a community; including facilitating, recording, note taking, evaluation, public speaking, as well as have an idea how these all may combine to contribute to 'artful practice'.
4. Combine the art of skeptically reading academic literature with learning derived from a consideration of case studies of successful projects.
Timetabled Learning Activities 5 x 6 hour workshops for on-campus students. Audio recordings of workshops, digital reports on workshop activities, powerpoint presentations and on-line readings of on-line students.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is arranged into 5 x 6 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 key methodologies and opportunities for learning where students are invited to test out novel and creative processes designed to encourage groups to 'participate' in community life. In addition, 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 community.
Other Learning Experiences Written Assignments, reading, viewing of practice examples and reflection on working as a member of a group.
Assessment Digital story book + Reflective journal 35%
Essay on participation 30%
Test on methods/planning of participatory project 25%
participation/forum 10%
Prerequisites Nil.
Previously 2014: COD302
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Community Development (BA)
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Sociology (BA)
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Community Development
International Aid and Development
Appears in these Minors Community Development
Sustainability, Ecosystems and 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.


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