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Community Development in Indigenous Communities (COD502)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces students to skills, knowledge, values and practices necessary for working with Aboriginal communities. Designed for people who intend working for government, industry, non-government organisations and Aboriginal-controlled organisations charged with building initiatives in conjunction with Aboriginal people. A feature of the unit is the exploration of locally generated and culturally driven enterprises where Aboriginal people are directly involved in co-design, governance and delivery of projects. Students will work with Aboriginal scholars and community practitioners.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students will:
1. Geniny kura, yeye, boorda: Demonstrate an understanding of the history of 'interventions' into and alliances with Aboriginal communities since colonisation.
2. Daat nyininy (quietly sit) boodja (country) boodier (bosses): Sit down with Aboriginal scholars and practitioners and listen to accounts about how to work respectfully with Aboriginal communities
3. Kooranyak (stand back) ni (listen deeply): Demonstrate how to stand back and listen deeply, understand Aboriginal knowledge systems and build ethical practices to work in conjunction with Aboriginal groups.
4. Munany (step aside) yelakitj (wait) dalanginy (following): Be able to assess and make judgments about when to step aside, take direction and act as useful allies to Aboriginal leaders and organisations.
5. Koorliny (coming) wort koorliny (going) - Gain experience in moving in and out of communities.
6. Birnany katatjin (understanding Aboriginal ontological and ethical practice) - Learn about and be able to demonstrate a knowledge of some of the conceptual foundations in Aboriginal knowledge systems.
Nidja katitjin, gnulla moort boodjar baal boordier (the story of family, country and law): Demonstrate an understanding of the critical connections between country, kin, story and knowledge.
Timetabled Learning Activities 12 x 3 hour workshops (1 each week of semester)
Unit Learning Experiences Students will undertake a variety of on-campus and off-campus experiences introducing them to the ideas and practices of their fields of study, including:
· Welcomes and language learning
· Viewing of digital footage that showcases examples of successful projects carried out in Aboriginal communities
· Field excursions to local Aboriginal organisations who have a history of community development
· Events and meetings with Aboriginal experts to share accounts of community work with Aboriginal groups.
· Lectures and workshops exploring the practice of community work with Aboriginal groups

Learning experiences will foster a regular learning rhythm, where students:
· Look outward: Read, view or experience something new
· Look inward: Stop-think-reflect
· Respond: producing written pieces, audio or video, and other creative work.
· Share their work with peers and colleagues
· Respond to others' work in ways that foster new learning, cooperation and strong working relationships

Assessment Portfolio early draft 15%
Portfolio Final 40%
Case study 30%
Participation 15%
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Community Development (GradCertCommDev)
Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Master of Food Security
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
Dr David Palmer
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2288
e: D.Palmer@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.049 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr David Palmer
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2288
e: D.Palmer@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.049 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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