1 x 50-minute lecture weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial weekly
1 1 of SOAD1006, SOAD1003
2 1 of SOAD1008, SOAD1004
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
SOAD3222 has been successfully completed
Course context
Bachelor of Social Work
Topic description
This topic is an introduction to a vast and diverse body of knowledge, values and practices in community development. This will include an introduction to perspectives and debates on the sociological construct and formation of 'community', civil society, social change and the state. The focus is at both the level of theoretical debates and also exploration of our own assumptions, experiences and beliefs about community and change. Whilst the topic is taught within a historical frame, the focus will also be on what it is that is new for community development in contemporary times. Consistent with the focus on application, the topic has a strong emphasis on the development of analytic abilities, creativity and on introduction to a range of community development practice skills. Appreciation of challenges and dilemmas in practice settings is considered. The topic is taught in an experiential manner.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  • Prepare students with practice skills, appreciation of values and knowledge in community development so to enable them to practice in a range of settings [i.e. local government, state and national government, not for profit and community organisations];
  • Develop in graduates a sound understanding of the multiple contexts and challenges of community development practice and the ability to work effectively in these spaces;
  • Develop in graduates the values and skills, including critical thinkingfor effective relations between people, community groups and organizations in public service
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of core concepts, models and processes in community development practice;
  • Analyse the impact of ideology and values on assumptions about 'community' and community development;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and practice through collaborative group processes, as students develop skills and strategies for working with communities;
  • Demonstrate knowledge for practice in community organisations;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills about community development in social work practice