Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Engaging communities can dramatically increase the effectiveness of professional practice in a wide range of industries. Community engagement is therefore of interest to a wide range of disciplines including engineering, architecture, health, arts, social work and education. When communities are treated as partners rather than as part of the "problem", new possibilities emerge. Research and case studies from a range of fields of study will explore different perspectives and practices in engaging communities. Students will use this information to examine current practices in their particular field of study. Students will develop foundation skills to enable an awareness of principles of practice and strategies for community engagement in a diversity of settings.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify reasons for community engagement for a range of disciplines/professions (e.g. education, health, human services, environmental management).

2. Demonstrate an understanding of processes and skills required to successfully engage communities in relation to planning and decision making; community development and community building; and service delivery.

3. Discuss strengths-based approaches to community engagement.

4. Critically reflect on examples of community engagement.

5. Discuss the implications and potential for community engagement in the students┬┐ current or proposed field of employment.


Course content will cover:

  1. Definitions of community engagement
  2. Reasons for community engagement
  3. Community engagement in planning and decision making; community development and community building; and service delivery
  4. Methodologies and tools for engaging communities
  5. Example of community engagement
  6. Critical reflections on the role of community engagement in specific fields of study
  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