COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

PLA5CD

2017

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will engage with the complex question of how to create positive change at the community level. We discuss examples drawn from areas of health, the economy, gender, urban and rural settings in domestic and international contexts. The course leads students through anĀ  investigation of what community development is, how it gets done and who does it, and teaches basic techniques and approaches to practice.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKatharine McKinnon

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HUSS Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree or through subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PLA4CD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTake back the economyRecommendedGibson-Graham, J.K., Cameron, J. and Healy, P. (2013)Minnesota

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critical understanding on the central tenants for community development and key debates, especially in relation to how community development programs seek to effect change.

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

02. Comprehension of how different community development approaches engage with economic, cultural, environmental, gender and political concerns.

Activities:
Lectures, discussions, 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. Familiarity with a range of tools in community development practice with a focus on participatory practice.

Activities:
Lectures, discussions, program 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.

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

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2017, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatharine McKinnon

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar every two weeks 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."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Short essay (1,000 words)15 01, 04
Program evaluation (1,000 words)35 02, 03
Research essay (3,000 words)50 01, 02, 04

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatharine McKinnon

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Seminars will be held fortnightly on Bendigo campus, with Melbourne students joining via video conferencing. Face-to-face sessions may also be held at Bundoora if enrolments warrant. Students will complete online learning activities prior to joining seminars. Field trips may be included."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Short essay (1,000 words)15 01, 04
Program evaluation (1,000 words)35 02, 03
Research essay (3,000 words)50 01, 02, 04