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Creative Ways to Work with Community

  • 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
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What you'll learn

About this unit

For students interested in learning how community involvement can influence planning and decision-making on a wider scale, this online Creative Ways to Work with Community unit is the perfect choice.

Offered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Murdoch University, the unit responds to the growing desire to have communities actively involved in the various stages of government decision-making and organisational plans.

As part of the unit, students will examine a host of creative strategies and tools that have been designed in an attempt to encourage wider community involvement at all levels, including decision-making.

Creative Ways to Work with Community enables students to analyse the different ways that communities can get involved with projects, and the types and levels of participation. The unit also explores digital technology and cultural development.



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

  • Have successfully completed18 credit points (6 OUA units) at level 1
  • Have not completed this unit, or an academic equivalent, before

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit. 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 Creative Ways to Work with Community unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Community participation and engagement
  • Theoretical and practical traditions of community
  • Types of participation
  • Digital technology and community participation
  • Digital technology, sound, text and communities
  • Spatial mapping and community participation
  • Cultural development and arts practice
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.

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Career outcomes

Creative Ways to Work with Community will provide students with a wide range of knowledge regarding community participation practices. As well as exploring and analysing the tools and technologies used for community participation, students will gain skills in critical thinking, effective communication and problem solving. These are essential assets for many areas of work, and are transferable across almost any job sector.

The broad nature of Creative Ways to Work with Community means students who successfully complete the unit can work in a range of jobs, in both the public and private sectors. The unit provides students with a raft of skills and abilities suitable for managerial posts, as well as positions that involve planning and decision-making. Since the unit focuses on community involvement, students will fine tune their team working and negotiation skills, which are important in many careers. Students can use this unit as a stepping stone for further educational study if they wish to specialise in a particular area.

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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