Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives

Course code HLSC2241
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


Engaging communities can dramatically increase the effectiveness of professional practice in a wide range of industries. Community engagement is therefore of interest to a wide range of disciplines including engineering, architecture, health, arts, social work and education. When communities are treated as partners rather than as part of the "problem", new possibilities emerge. Research and case studies from a range of fields of study will explore different perspectives and practices in engaging communities. Students will use this information to examine current practices in their particular field of study. Students will develop foundation skills to enable an awareness of principles of practice and strategies for community engagement in a diversity of settings.


On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2015
  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify reasons for community engagement from a cross sector perspective (e.g. education, health, human service delivery, environmental management).

2. Demonstrate an understanding of processes and skills required to successfully engage communities.

3. Discuss practical strategies for identifying community based assets and resources that could form the basis for partnerships within a variety of settings.

4. Critically reflect on personal beliefs and professional responsibilities that impact on community engagement.

5. Discuss the implications and potential for community engagement in the students current or proposed field of employment.


Course content will cover:

  1. What is community engagement?
  2. Reasons for community engagement
  3. Overview of research and best practice from Australian and international perspectives
  4. Methodologies and tools for engaging communities
  5. Cross sector perspectives: case studies
  6. Critical reflections on the role of community engagement in specific fields of study
  7. Ethical practice

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: A1 Blackboard Discussions

Quiz: A2 - Online Quizzes

Written Assignment: A3 - Discussion Paper

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: A4 - Critique of Case Study

Contact Hours

On-Line from Callaghan

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term