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Community, Policy and Change (COD504)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit aims to equip you with an understanding of social policy, and how community practitioners can be better prepared to shape policy that makes a positive contribution to human well-being. Drawing on examples from Australia and beyond, this unit explores the way political philosophies and concepts of community influence social policy practice, how policy is made, the key role played by language in the social policy discourse, and ideas for community-based action in the policy arena.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will:
1. Understand the ways in which social policy ideas have changed over time.
2. Understand recent trends in Australian and international social policy
3. Be familiar with the ways in which concepts and action of 'community' shape social policy.
4. Be equipped to take well-informed action about policy challenges
5. Understand the role language plays in social policy discourse.
6. Have developed skills in social policy analysis.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 10 x 1 hour; tutorials: 10 x 1.5 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit will use a combination of lectures and tutorials for internal students and recorded lectures, online
discussions and self-directed learning activities for on-line students. Like other community development
units, the learning approach adopted is shaped by inductive traditions of learning. In other words students
are invited to observe examples of social policy (through online, digital video and written examples of
current policy) and invited to draw out learning, ideas and concepts through discussion, reflection and
Other Learning Experiences Written assignments, reading, viewing of practice examples and reflection on community development practice.
Assessment Students are asked to prepare written assignments and verbal presentations that examine particular fields
of interest in the social policy field, the influence of language in social policy and to explore how theory and
practice intersect. The assessments are designed to build student skills in research, social policy analysis and
community-based policy development.
* Briefing Paper and Presentation (30%)
* Action Plan (30%)
* Exam Essay (30%)
* Participation (10%)
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)
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
Mr Cameron Tero
Lecturer in Community Development

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2992
e: C.Tero@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.038 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mr Cameron Tero
Lecturer in Community Development

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2992
e: C.Tero@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.038 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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