Community Engagement: Cross sector perspectives

Course code HLSC6105
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


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 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.


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  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


Course 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

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: A1 Weekly contributions to online forum of community engagement data, readings and related issues

Written Assignment: A2 Critique of an example of community engagement

Proposal / Plan: A3 Project plan

Contact Hours

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Self-Directed Learning

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