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Introduction to Community Development

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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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

While studying Introduction to Community Development online with Murdoch University and Open Universities Australia, you will be introduced to different sociological approaches to community development and how these can be applied in Australia.

You will examine how the concept of community development started and what it means across a wide range of different practices. You will focus, in particular, on just how to match the theory with a practical application of knowledge in the field.

When you have nearly finished this unit you will be expected to know the limits of key methodologies and ideas in community development and the reality of putting them into place.

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There are no prerequisites for this unit; anyone can apply.

Course pathways

This unit is a part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation requirement 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 Introduction Community Development unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Interrogating our desire for community development: unit introductions
  • Community development: what do they say it is?
  • The history of community development in Australia
  • Nidja Noongar Noonook Nyininy: a case study in community driven education
  • Fascist ideas in community development
  • Empowering individuals: classic liberalism and community development
  • Yiriman caring for country: another case study in community development
  • The critique of bourgeois case work: neo-Marxian and feminist thought in community development
  • Ordering communities: post-structuralism, Foucault and another critique of community development
  • Showing them a thing or two: post-colonial theory and community development
  • Building capacity, social inclusion and social capital: governing by community
  • The kids place mapping project: one other case study in community development
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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 will give you an education in the wide variety of approaches to community development in Australia. You will also build an awareness of the history of the field and an understanding of the different social and institutional issues which shape current views of community development.

Importantly, you will also be aware of the limits of community development as a social model and be able to critique, with accompanying references, one dominant approach in the field.

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 for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. 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).

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