Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
Gold CoastSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces key concepts and perspectives related to understanding community development and identifies skills and issues where they are relevant to community development. Community development infers social change driven by the community. The two major areas of study are theoretical accounts of community development, and community development skills and issue.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introducing community development

Topic 2: Domains of community development practice

Topic 3: Ecological and social justice

Topic 4: Post-enlightenment and Indigenous perspectives

Topic 5: Community development possibilities and alternatives

Topic 6: Change from below and process

Topic 7: Global and local community development

Topic 8: Dimensions of development

Topic 9: Roles and skills

Topic 10: Contemporary practice issues

Topic 11: Summary and conclusion

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Ife, J, 2016, Community Development in an Uncertain World: Vision, Analysis and Practice, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, VIC. ISBN: 978-1-107-54336-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Reflective writing30%
Short written response50%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Reflective writing30%
Short written response50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Reflective writing30%
Short written response50%

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