Capacity Building in the Human Services

Course code SWRK6008Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Using intensive workshop mode this course provides students working in human service organizations with an opportunity to critically review concepts and theories underpinning individual, group and community capacity building processes. The course reviews practice examples and provides an opportunity for skill development and application to practice contexts.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are to:
1. Review theoretical paradigms underpinning capacity building.
2. Examine practice skills aimed at developing strengths, resilience and capacity building.
3. Apply capacity building concepts, theories and skills to a particular human service practice context.
ContentThe course includes:
1. An overview of ideological and theoretical paradigm informing capacity building.
2. Critical analysis of current theories and concepts related to capacity building, e.g. resilience, strengths, assets and community building.
3. A study of case examples demonstrating the application of capacity building in the human services field.
4. Workshop practice of capacity building skills.
5. Application of capacity building concepts, theories and skills to human service settings.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2000 words, 40%
Other: (please specify)All assessment items must be submitted to pass the course.
Presentations - Individual10%
Reports3000 words, 50%
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SWRK6008