Community Development

Course code ABOR6004Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

"?community development is not about defining and establishing something called community, but rather an ongoing and complex process of dialogue, exchange, consciousness raising, education and action aimed at helping the people concerned to determine and develop their own version of community?.'(Rowse,T. `1995 p. 93-93)

The course was developed to investigate the different processes of communication in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and government departments. Providing an extensive
background knowledge of the cultural differences within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. An examination will be undertaken of the significance of oral traditions and the importance they hold to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The course explores the historical and political influences on community structure and how that has impact on the future development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In this we illustrate the processes into all decision-making used in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Students will examine possibilities for future development through the accessing of government funding and the necessary protocols needed to forge realistic community partnerships.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives? Gain greater insight into the different processes of communication in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
? Provide comprehensive information into the cultural diversity that exists within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
? Display an historical overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how politics have impact on all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities today.
? Illustrate the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how that affects on the processes for decision-making.
? Present a framework of negotiations for funding, community cohesion and sovereignty for the developing communities.
Content? Indigenous Protocols
? Defining Community
? The Reality of Community
? Accountability
? Defining Indigenous success
? ATSIC processes to funding programs
? Concept of Partnership
? Community Negotiations
? Framework towards sovereignty
? Community cohesion - working for the future
? Consensus
? Community diversity
Replacing Course(s)New course
TransitionNo transition arrangements required
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Forums
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Collaborative Talking Circle (equivalent of) 1000 words - 35%
Special Study (1500 words) - 35%
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesCase Study (minimum 65% competency required) 2500 words - 30%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ABOR6004