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HPL2511 - Community Studies

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Keith Wilson


Not offered in 2007


This unit gives students a critical understanding of community building, innovation, maintenance and failure. Topics include traditional communities, utopian communities, theories of social organisations, cooperatives, religious communities, sects, self-sufficient communities, community networks and the challenges facing Australian rural communities.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the range of social formations that exist both as parts of communities and as communities in themselves;
  2. comprehend a range of perspectives on community organisation;
  3. critically understand the factors involved in community building, community innovation, community maintenance and community failure;
  4. employ a range of analytical skills and conceptual frameworks; and 5. write well argued and competently written essays for assessment.


Essay 2500 words) (on-campus include oral presentation): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours per week (1-hour lecture, 1-hour tutorial)


Completion of eight first-level units in Humanities and Social Sciences or permission