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: Imagining community development
Topic 2: Contexts of practice
Topic 3: Approaches to community development
Topic 4: Community development processes, practices and values
Topic 5: Ecological sustainability and justice
Topic 6: Social justice and human rights
Topic 7: Empowerment
Topic 8: Organising and collective action
Topic 9: Principled practice

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, 2013, Community Development in an Uncertain World: Vision, Analysis and Practice, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN: 978-1-107-62849-6.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%
Exam: take home30%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%
Exam: take home30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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