OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces students to concepts of community from historical and sociological perspectives. Students engage with theoretical perspectives and case studies in community and will evaluate the various ways in which communities are characterised by both social cohesion and social inequality.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to community
Topic 2 Theories of community: Different ways of viewing community
Topic 3 Urbanisation and community
Topic 4 Family and community
Topic 5 Global and national communities
Topic 6 Aboriginal communities: Drawing and redrawing the boundaries of inclusion/exclusion
Topic 7 Immigrant communities
Topic 8 Religious community
Topic 9 Intentional communities
Topic 10 Virtual community
Topic 11 Revisiting concepts of community

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

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 30 minutes  (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: take home35%

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Fee information


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