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ADS708 - Researching and Working with Communities B

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Vicki Ware

Prerequisite:

ADS707

Corequisite:

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:

Nil

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.

Content

This unit forms the second part of a two-unit sequence, designed to enable students to work effectively with research and program methodologies in community development. In Researching and Working with Communities part A in trimester 1 you were introduced the project management cycle, and you worked through a critical approach to planning, designing, resourcing and implementing development projects. Part B continues our critical study of the project cycle by examining project monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment (MEIA). The unit introduces you to the concepts of MEIA, including a range of relevant research paradigms and methods. You will then examine in-depth case examples of these processes. This process will enable you to begin developing your own research-evaluation design, implementation, data gathering, analysis, reporting and action.

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 and Indigenous research paradigms are surveyed, along with the research methods they utilise. Contemporary research and intervention practices of the community development sector will be critically investigated. A problem-based approach is used to explore the relative merits of various approaches to MEIA.

Assessment

Essay, 40%, 2000 words

Portfolio, 60%, 3000 words

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