HSC2092 - Community development and partnership - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine


Ms Cathie Hillman

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Students will gain understanding of the processes involved in community development and building partnerships to improve health, and the theories that underpin them. The unit examines the importance of participation and collective efforts in the social, economic and political life of the community and the contribution this makes to health development. Students will reflect critically on community development theory, concepts of social equity, empowerment, participation and the role of health professionals in community-based practice. Frameworks for community development and partnership building will be examined using a range of Australian and international case studies and current issues.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Define community development and explain the principles which underpin it;
  2. Describe and discuss a range of theories for promoting change in communities and organisations - including their strengths and limitations;
  3. Critically appraise the concepts of social equity, empowerment, participation and engagement, as well as the role of health professionals in community-based practice;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and principles of advocacy in achieving individual and community empowerment;
  5. Explain key stages in developing a community response to a health-related issue;
  6. Identify roles and skills for working collaboratively with community members and a range of stakeholders to create change;
  7. Analyse contemporary issues and debates regarding evaluation of community development approaches.


  • Essay (2,000 - 2,500 words) (30%)
  • Case study (Oral group presentation) (30%)
  • Written report (3,000 words) (40%) Hurdle

Hurdle: 80% attendance at seminars.

Workload requirements

3 contact hours plus 9 hours of private study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


One of the following: HSC2101, PHH2101, HSC2300.