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ADS707 - Researching and Working with Communities A

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:V Ware



For students who commenced prior to 2014: Nil

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

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Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit forms the first part of a sequence of two units designed to enable students to work effectively with research and program methodologies in community development. Researching and Working with Communities A (RWWC-A) introduces the main paradigms that inform thinking and acting. Part B provides subsequent in-depth issues where research and programming methods become relevant. RWWC-A is deliberately inter-disciplinary. It maps elements from research, philosophy, evaluation, project planning, needs analysis, management, and intercultural communication. A key aim is to recognise Western worldviews as one of many culturally-constructed ways of knowing, doing and being, and its implications for what 'community' and 'development' is. Positivist, pragmatic, constructivist, & transformative research paradigms are investigated.


The dominant scientific model is analysed for benefits and unintended consequences. You will gain awareness of opportunities and challenges that arise when we try to communicate across different worldviews. Contemporary research and intervention practices of the community development sector will be critically investigated. A problem-based approach is used to explore contextual factors such as agency location, mandate and resources. The stage will then be set for 'Researching and Working with Communities B' where we explore a range of issues in-depth, practicing needs analysis, acting, planning, organising and relating.


Two assignments of not more than 5000 words:

Part A, essay, 2000 words, 40%

Part B, essay, 3000 words, 60%

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