Community Development

Description

"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.

Availability

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Gain greater insight into the different processes of communication in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

2. Provide comprehensive information into the cultural diversity that exists within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

3. 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.

4. Illustrate the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how that affects the processes for decision-making.

5. 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

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Collaborative talking circle: Weekly contributions to online discussion forum

Written Assignment: Special study

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case study

Contact Hours

Seminar

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term