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IDA4120 - Community Development in a Globalising World

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Bruce Missingham


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the leading approaches to community development in international and sustainable development. The unit emphasises contemporary theory and thinking on community development, coupled with an orientation to professional practice in real contexts, both internationally and locally. The impacts of globalisation are examined, both in terms of its negative consequences, but also in terms of creating new possibilities for activism and solidarity. The unit also focuses on the skills and methods of community development facilitators, and fosters and develops those skills in students through group activities such as simulations, role-plays, case studies and fieldtrips.


Students will understand the key concepts and major theoretical underpinnings of community development in international development and environmental sustainability; demonstrate knowledge of facilitation and implementation of community development in practice, and a range of contexts; be able to apply a range of professional skills in community development project design, management, monitoring and evaluation.


Participation in class activities and discussions 20%; Small group-lead simulation, role play activity 30%; Essay/Project Proposal (4000 words) 50%.

Contact hours

1 hour lecture/presentation plus two hours tutorial per week for 13 weeks.