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ADS705 - Community Development Theory and Practice B

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Vicki Ware





Incompatible with:

ASD605, ASD705

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


The focus of this unit is community development in practice. Students examine the sites of community development, the processes through which community development take place and the skills required for effective community development work. The question of how, in concrete terms, the energy and momentum of community development can address the problems of society will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on how community development skills can be articulated and developed in ways that facilitate the empowerment of communities to take control of and responsibility for their own development. Students will discuss such topics as issues in the management of change, the competitive environment, resourcing communities, developing programs and strategies, identification of community needs, monitoring, review and evaluation and conflict management.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • the ways in which changing environments affect community development

  • how community organisations operate and develop

  • key skills and practice issues in community development

  • key activities in community development

  • role of participation and networking in community development

  • some of the key issues and dilemmas in community development practice.


Essay, 40%, 2000 words

Essay, 60%, 3000 words

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