The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The ability to engage families and communities is a vital skill for many professions. Teachers need to be able to engage families and their school community to improve educational outcomes for students. Social, community and development workers need to actively engage families and communities and multiple levels in order to promote sustainable change. Health professionals need to be able to engage individuals and families in clinical settings, and address the social determinants of health through working with communities. Construction managers, scientists, communication managers and many other professions also find engagement a vital component of their work. This course will explore the theory and practice of engaging individuals, families and communities with a particular emphasis on strengths-based approaches. By the end of the course students will understand the importance of engaging individuals, families and communities, and be able to identify a range of strategies for doing so.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss dimensions of family and community engagement

2. Identify a range of strengths in families and communities that can be a foundation for engagement and change

3. Build partnerships with and between families and communities

4. Identify levels of family and community engagement

5. Critically reflects on examples of family and community engagement

6. Adopt an ethical and principled approach to family and community engagement


Course content will cover:

  1. Dimensions of family and community engagement
  2. Family and community engagement as a principled approach
  3. Strengths-based approaches to working with families and communities
  4. Creating partnerships with families and communities
  5. Engaging families and communities in planning and decision making
  6. Examples of family and community engagement
  7. Ethical practice

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Quiz: Quiz

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study / Problem Based Learning

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term