Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are provided with an orientation to community development, community centredness, community structures and evaluating perspectives and frameworks. We will also cover: dealing with diversity in residents and stakeholders; vision setting; how to achieve common goals; moving from visions to action; strategies for multi-level interventions; understanding differences; conflict management; working with volunteers and non-paid participants; competent communities; and identifying useful outcomes.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulie Rudner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Enrolment in a Planning postgraduate degree, or enrolment in ACCPD or AGCPD or AMCPD, or co-ordinator's approval.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCommunity development,RecommendedIfe, J.LONGMAN 1998

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Assess how community development relates to contemporary notions of 'sustainability'.

Lectures, discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Assess the influence of science, politics, economics and culture on the evolving nature of community development

Lectures, discussions, LMS posts, essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

03. Critique what community development is in practice.

Lectures, discussions, LMS posts, porgram evaluation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

04. Evaluate the major debates concerning community development aims, methods, applications, and effectiveness.

Lectures, discussions, LMS posts, program evaluation, essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulie Rudner

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Five 7.0 hours seminar other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"This is taught in Block Mode as 5 x full day seminars and includes field visits."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual essay & 3 in presentation (1,500 words)50 01, 02, 04
LMS discussion posts (Min 4 posts 250 words each)15 01, 03, 04
Program evaluation (1,500 words)35 01, 03, 04