Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2013 (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)

Contact hours

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

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


Completion of eight first-level Arts or permission


GSC2701, HPL2511