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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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2011 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Philip Mendes


This unit explores the concept of 'community' and its applications in Australian society; the theory and practice of the various community work models (social planning, community development and social action); the role of community work in social work activities; and the skills involved in the practice of community work.


On completion of this unit students should be able to understand and evaluate different perspectives on the nature of community; understand and evaluate the different models of community work, their ideological bases and the skills they involve; and apply this knowledge to the practice of community work within social work setting.


Interview with community development worker (1000 words): 30%
Essay (3500 words): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Philip Mendes

Contact hours

2 hours per week


SWK3120 and SWK3180. Social Work units are available only within the context of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, or with permission.