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Community Work Across Sites, Settings and Peoples

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

This Community Work Across Sites, Settings and Peoples unit gives students a thorough grounding in the diverse nature of community development within current Australian society.

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in conjunction with Murdoch University, the unit aims to enhance students' abilities to analyse, interpret and critically reflect on community development campaigns by examining examples from real world contexts. These examples may include community development in the context of social work, urban planning, community services, remote area education, indigenous communities, overseas aid work, and sustainable development.

At the conclusion of this unit, students will have an in-depth understanding of community development practices and be able to analyse the principles they have studied in a variety of settings. Students will also become confident critically processing and applying information to a variety of community development situations.



Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Must not have already completed this unit, or an academic equivalent; AND
  • Have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at level 1 prior to enrolling in this unit

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Community Work Across Sites, Settings and People unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction: how do we understand community development in different settings?
  • Community legal centres, community advocacy and civic rights work
  • Community development in overseas settings
  • Developing funding proposals: workshop one
  • Working with women
  • Working with men
  • Working in regional Australia: responding to suicide in community
  • Developing a funding proposal: workshop two
  • Community development with the big end of town
  • Working in local government
  • Community arts and cultural development
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

This unit is geared towards students hoping to develop a career in community development work. You will be exposed to the fundamental background knowledge and practical skills currently used by teams working in community development and have the opportunity to apply these skills in a diverse range of situations: from local government and urban planning projects to overseas aid work and sustainable development programs.

By having a solid grasp of a range of highly sensitive and volatile topics such as civic rights and how to respond to suicide, you will be able to apply critical thinking skills when developing your own proposals. This will enable you to effectively function as a part of a team dedicated to improving local community services, infrastructure, atmosphere and relationships.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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