The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Using intensive workshop mode this course provides students working in human service organizations with an opportunity to critically review concepts and theories underpinning individual, group and community capacity building processes. The course reviews practice examples and provides an opportunity for skill development and application to practice contexts.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Review theoretical paradigms underpinning capacity building.

2. Examine practice skills aimed at developing strengths, resilience and capacity building.

3. Apply capacity building concepts, theories and skills to a particular human service practice context.


The course includes:

  1. An overview of ideological and theoretical paradigm informing capacity building.
  2. Critical analysis of current theories and concepts related to capacity building, e.g. resilience, strengths, assets and community building.
  3. A study of case examples demonstrating the application of capacity building in the human services field.
  4. Workshop practice of capacity building skills.
  5. Application of capacity building concepts, theories and skills to human service settings.

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Written Assignment: Written Assignment - Discusssion Paper

Report: Report