HSW235 - Community Development: Social Work Theory and Practice D


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HDS303
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 2 hour lecture per week supported by weekly online independent and collaborative learning activities.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities will support learning across the trimester.

NIKERI-CBD students only: Online independent and collaborative learning activities including online practical experiences (workshops).

In-person attendance requirements

NIKERI-CBD students only: there are compulsory intensives for all students at the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. These intensives are arranged by year-level.

Please contact the NIKERI Social Work Course Team for more information on 1800 063 383.


*National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute students only.

A part of the pedagogy in this unit requires students to participate with online entries (at least one a week).


Community development is an important field and method of social work practice. This unit aims to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to integrate community development into their social work roles. This practice field plays a significant role in government, non-government, volunteer and in for-profit social service organisations. Community development is used within all levels of government (local, state and commonwealth) and across many departments (youth, health, communities, ageing, housing, disabilities, multicultural, indigenous). Community development is a form of practice, a broad philosophical and political approach which focuses on collective efforts to improve community wellbeing, and is based on a critical understanding of inequality in our socio-political structures.

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