Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Creative Ways to Work with Community (COD302)
|Organisational Unit||Global Studies|
|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%
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
|Appears in these Co-Majors||Community Development
International Aid and Development
|Appears in these Minors||Community Development
Sustainability, Ecosystems and Community Development
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|