ATS2823 - Community development - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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




Dr Debra Manning

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Online)


Students need to contact the Arts Student ServicesArts Student Services ( desk to enrol in the unit.


This unit focuses attention on 'big picture' or macro welfare/community work by integrating actual practice with theories, combining both classroom and field experiences. The ultimate purpose is to impart skills and knowledge that will enable graduates to work with communities and eliminate disadvantage.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand community development as a method of social welfare practice; become familiar with the application of community development models, values, skills, strategies and tactics;
  2. participate in the identification, execution and/or evaluation of a community development response to a situation, problem or issue through a supervised 20-day field education placement in a community organisation;
  3. demonstrate a capacity for reflective analysis of own practice.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

3 hour online seminar prior to beginning of placement andonline discussions for all off-campus students and 20 day placement for all students

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


ATS1362 and ATS1363 or equivalent


GSC2304, SCW2304