Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work


Associate Professor Philip Mendes



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Off-campus)


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and evaluate different perspectives on the nature of community.
  2. Understand and evaluate the different models of community work, their ideological bases and the skills they involve.
  3. Apply this knowledge to the practice of community work within social work setting.


Interview with community development worker (1,000 words) (30%)
Essay (3,500 words) (70%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Mandatory attendance is required by off-campus students for a 1 day workshop which is held at the Caulfield campus in September.

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


SWK3240 or SWK3400.



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