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Community, Industry and Local Government (COD505)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Increasingly local governments are approaching their work by drawing together the shared interests of local community, industry and not-for-profits. This unit is designed to provide an understanding of the range of political, business and social drivers that have led to local governments taking more of an interest in community development. It will also prepare students to work in the emerging fields of local government community development, community relations, community sponsorship, Indigenous affairs and sustainability.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Enhancing your reading and writing skills, including helping you to retain and record key ideas from scholarly articles.
2. Enhancing your research skills (broadly defined) by carrying out learning tasks that require the use of the library, internet resources and other publicly available works.
3. Enhancing your sceptical and analytical skills by carrying out written work for assessment.
4. Enhancing your listening and presentation skills by preparing an address for assessment.
Timetabled Learning Activities 5 x 6-hour workshops for on-campus students. Audio and video recordings of workshops, digital reports of workshop activities, PowerPoint presentations and online readings of online students.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is arranged into four full-day 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 that provides a background and context to the field of inquiry, exploration of the work of current practitioners through guest addresses and visits and opportunities for learning where students are invited to develop skills related to 'pitches' projects. 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 in conjunction with the resource industry.
Other Learning Experiences Written Assignments, reading, viewing of practice examples and reflection on community development practice.
Assessment Verbal pitch 30%
Written proposal of pitch 30% Approx 1000 words
Essay on participation 40% Approx 3 pages
The assessment is designed to build student's repertoires in dynamically and succinctly pitching ideas for projects
Prerequisites Enrolment in graduate course of study.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Sustainable Development Honours (BA(Hons))
Graduate Certificate in Community Development (GradCertCommDev)
Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Graduate Diploma in Design Thinking and Service Innovation (GradDipDesThink&SvcInnov)
Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
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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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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