Community Practice Through Schools

Course code SWRK6009
Not available in 2015

Description

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.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

  1. 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.

Assumed Knowledge

Relevant undergraduate degree.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Discussion paper

Portfolio: Project Portfolio

Contact Hours

Self-Directed Learning

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term