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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1explain the social dimensions of communityIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2analyse the changing nature of community and its role in societyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3explain how the issues of class, status, gender, ethnicity, race and religion manifest within the context of both 'traditional' and 'modern' communitiesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4critically explore and reflect upon community issues from varying theoretical standpoints.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the social dimensions of community
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. analyse the changing nature of community and its role in society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. explain how the issues of class, status, gender, ethnicity, race and religion manifest within the context of both 'traditional' and 'modern' communities
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. critically explore and reflect upon community issues from varying theoretical standpoints.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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