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ADS705 - Community Development Theory and Practice B

Unit details

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2014 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:TBA



For students who commenced prior to 2014: Nil

For students who commenced from 2014: ADS701 for students enrolled in courses A511, A611 or A727

Incompatible with:



Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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.


One essay 2000 words 40% and one essay 3000 words 60%.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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