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Community Development Internship (COD608)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: Y-internal, Y-external
Description The Internship is a cooperative arrangement between University, students and non-government, government and business organisations involved in community work. Students undertake project work, policy development or research activities with collective guidance of a supervisor in an organisation and an academic supervisor. The project is supported by a series of workshops preparing students to carry out the internship and undertake academic reflection of work. With support, students are to find and negotiate suitable internship, and are required to complete 160 placement hours.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Application of concepts and theoretical ideas to the study of organisations that draw on notions of 'community'.
2. Comparing, contrasting and reviewing organisational practice with literature on sociology and community development.
3. Observing in depth the processes and practices of one organisation that draws on notions of 'community'.
4. Contributing to an organisation's activities by negotiating to carry out a series of practical tasks in an organisational setting.
5. Extending student's knowledge of organisations involved in community development initiatives.
6. Enhancing communication skills, including encouraging clear, concise and articulate presentation appropriate for different purposes.
7. Enhancing the ability to combine learning with practice by participating in some organisational activities during the placement.
8. Enhancing the ability to work within a collaborative team setting.
9. Enhancing participant observation skills by setting learning tasks that require the use of critical and analytical skills
Timetabled Learning Activities Placement: 160 hours. On campus workshops (6 x 3 hours)
Unit Learning Experiences Students are offered reading material and access to workshops that prepare them for undertaking an internship in an organisation that works with community groups. In conjunction with the unit coordinator they will negotiate an internship, report on their activities and undertake assessments which foster preparation before the internship as well as reflection afterwards. The learning approach adopted is strongly shaped by inductive and experiential traditions where people carry out a circle of planning, action and reflection with reading.
Other Learning Experiences Written assignments, reading, viewing of practice examples and reflection on writing for community development.
Assessment The assessments are designed to give students the opportunity to prepare thoughtfully for their internship, as well as providing a vehicle for active reflection on their learning.
Completion of 160 hour placement (pass/fail)
Placement proposal and documentation (40%)
Placement case study (60%)
Prerequisites COD545 Community Development Theory and Practice
Notes Students are required to undertake an internship of 160 hours within a chosen organisation. This can be done full time in one block or spread over a longer time, depending on student circumstances and the availability of a suitable places.

Students are required to organise their own internship, and must complete documentation to have their placement approved by the unit co-ordinator.

Students will be given suggestions and ideas about types of internships that may be available and how to go about gaining one. In the past, students have undertaken a wide variety of internships, including in local government authorities, community arts centres, environmental education centres, state government departments, migrant resource centres, schools, youth support agencies, community service organisations and many more.
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.


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Ms Carole Winfield
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e: Carole.Winfield@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: Y-External
MURDOCH: Y-Internal
Ms Carole Winfield
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e: Carole.Winfield@murdoch.edu.au
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