2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week
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 first part of the unit explores the changing context of CD practice, some key theoretical considerations leading to praxis (action plus reflection), the merits of top-down, bottom-up and knowledge partnering in CD, before turning our attention to building practical skills in participatory development. 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.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Integrate and defend the principles of community development practice in the modern context locally and internationally
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship
Debate the strengths and limitations of community development theory and practice using pertinent examples
GLO5: Problem solving
Evaluate participatory practices, identifying issues undermining participatory aims
Apply participatory tools and processes in practical applications
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Problem solving exercise and critical reflection
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ADS705 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.
Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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