ADS705 - Participatory and Community Development Practice


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-day on-campus intensive (Burwood, Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th, August 9-5pm, live-streamed)

3 x 1.5-hour on-campus classes per week in weeks 1, 3, and 8 (live-streamed)

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 3-day online intensive (Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th, August 9-5pm)

3 x 1.5-hour online classes per week in weeks 1, 3, and 8

In-person attendance requirements

3-day intensive Mon-Wed in week 5


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.

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