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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Fenley


Previously coded HPL2511


This unit examines the establishment of alternative communities and their relationship to traditional communities and the state. It 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.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  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. Comprehend the ways in which alternative communities engage with mainstream society;
  5. Employ a range of analytical skills and conceptual frameworks;
  6. Write well argued and competently written essays for assessment.


Written work: 60%
2 hour exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Julie Fenley

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Community studies


Completion of eight first-level Arts or permission


GSC2701, HPL2511