Community Engagement: Cross sector perspectives

Course code HLSC6105Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Engaging communities can increase the effectiveness of professional practice in a wide range of industries. Community engagement is therefore of interest to a range of disciplines including construction, health, arts, social work and education. Community engagement includes a wide variety of strategies that can help build partnerships between practitioners and community members. By drawing on professional practice, research and case studies from a range of fields of study, students will explore different perspectives and practices in engaging communities. Students will use this information to examine current practices in a variety of fields. Students will develop advanced skills to allowing them to promote and enhance community engagement in a number of settings. The course will promote engaged scholarship through the practical application of theory.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe objectives or this course are to:
1. Critique reasons a variety of disciplines might benefit from community engagement.
2. Identify the range of strengths found in communities and strategies for incorporating these strengths into professional practice
3. Develop advanced skills in community engagement.
4. Critically reflect on personal beliefs and professional responsibilities that impact on community engagement.
5. Critique ways in which community engagement can be incorporated into professional practice to enhance outcomes.
ContentCourse content will cover:
1. What is community engagement?
2. Reasons for community engagement
3. Overview of research and practice from Australian and international perspectives
4. Strategies and tools for engaging communities
5. Case studies from a range of disciplines
6. Critical reflection on the role of community engagement in a range of fields of study
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Postings in Blackboard Discussion
Case Scenario/PBL exercises
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6105