Community Practice

Course code SWRK6002Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Community Practice examines the theory and practice of community development, with a particular focus on the practice skills required for practice at a community level.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are to:
1. Explore current trends in community practice.
2. Locate current trends in their historical, political, social and economic contexts.
3. Gain knowledge of community practice theory and models.
4. Develop skills in community practice.
Content1. Current trends in community policy and practice.
2. Critical analysis of past and current contexts of community development perspectives and practice.
3. Current approaches to community development - community capacity building, strengths based practice, social entrepreneurship, partnership and collaborations, human rights and community development.
4. Skills in community practice - working with community groups, advocacy and negotiation, conflict resolution.
Replacing Course(s)The course is an offering in new specialisation within the Graduate Certificate and Masters Programs in Social Science. There are no existing equivalent courses available through the University of Newcastle.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSWRK6130A & SWRK6130B or:
Students will be expected to provide written evidence to the satisfaction of the Head of School as their skills in communication equivalent to those learnt in SWRK6130A & B through previous study or work experience.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1. Written Task (2000 words) 50%

2. Analysis of Practice Task (3000 words) 50%
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term