Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Explores the community development approaches to social issues and social problems predominantly within Australia that includes case study analysis of: unintended effects of social policy & planning, community disadvantage, social fragmentation, social isolation, environmental impacts, child and family crisis, homelessness, delinquency, substance abuse, violence, unemployment-underemployment, social health and disorder, and community issues within Aboriginal society. Community development is explored as an empowering strategy and is grounded in the notion that people with common experiences, issues or problems, can gain some control over their lives through collective action. Explores the social construction of social issues and social problems, and critically analyses government and non-government programmes and interventions seeking to address social issues and problems. The course also examines the role and structure of the social and community services industry. The course contributes to the development of analytical and creative abilities directed towards making significant, original contributions to social policy and social change. The course is experienced-based and relies on student participation and active involvement in the exploration of theoretical ideas as applied to scenarios through group tasks and experiential learning activities. Additional independent research is expected of the student.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically examine the theory and practice of community development as an approach to social issues and social problems.

2. Develop a critical understanding of the philosophy, policies and practice based on concepts of community care.

3. Develop knowledge and skills in the identification of community needs associated with social issues.

4. Develop a critical understanding of community consultation and participation structures and practices.

5. Apply learning to a specific scenario.


  1. Social construction of social issues and social problems - for example homelessness, child abuse, unemployment, disability.
  2. Concepts of social justice, equity, inequality and power.
  3. Theory and welfare work - discipline theory (sociology, psychology), and practice theory.
  4. Philosophy values and ideologies in welfare - personal, professional, social, and political.
  5. Models and levels of welfare intervention and service delivery - individual, group, community, global.
  6. Structure roles and responsibility of the social and community services sector.

Assumed knowledge

At least two 1000 level courses from the Faculty of Education and Arts or equivalent from other disciplines.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Weekly tutorial questions

Written Assignment: Major assignment