Community Practice Through Schools

Course code SWRK6009Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course aims to introduce human service workers to contemporary theoretical perspectives and models of community development, with a particular focus on school contexts. The course will explore the rationale for, and role of, school engagement in community development initiatives and the opportunities and challenges associated with this role. Strategies and skills for developing effective school/family/community relationships will be explored.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesThrough this course students will:
1. Enhance knowledge of the significance of family and community contexts in schooling
2. Enhance knowledge of contemporary models of community development.
3. Enhance knowledge of the role of schools in community development.
4. Enhance knowledge of the opportunities and challenges associated with developing relationships between schools, families and communities.
5. Develop strategies for, and skills in, the development of effective relationships between families, schools and communities.
6. Examine examples of early intervention and prevention initiatives developed in school settings.
7. Develop skills in critical self-reflection.
Content1. Community development - contemporary theory and models.
2. The role of schools in community development.
3. The role of families and communities in education.
4. Family and community contexts.
5. Opportunities and challenges of developing relationships between schools, families and communities.
6. Case studies of community development initiatives based in school settings.
7. Strategies and skills in community development through schools.
8. Partnership development.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeRelevant undergraduate degree.
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 AssignmentsDiscussion paper; worth 40%; 2000 words.
ProjectsProject Portfolio; worth 60%; 3000 words.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term