School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Community Development (PHCM9010)

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Description

This course explores the meaning and conceptual frameworks of community development as an approach to improving the health of individuals and the broader community in both the local and international context. The material covered facilitates exploration of the fundamental components of community development, such as needs assessment, empowerment, and evaluation. Local and international case examples are used to explore theories and models in practice and to highlight and reflect on the issues and dilemmas faced in community development work across a range of settings. This course is useful for community workers, researchers, policy officers/managers, health service administrators/managers, educators or clinicians. For those with field experience, this course will provide a strong theoretical basis and will introduce some new practice tools. For those with little or no field experience, it provides a good mix of theories, models, practical examples and tools to introduce this exciting approach to improving health.

Credit points

This course is an elective course of the Master of Public Health, Master of International Public Health and the Master of Health Management comprising six units of credit towards the total required for completion of each study program. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Mode of study

External (Distance fully online) and Internal (Face-to-Face) classes on campus.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to explore and examine issues, theoretical perspectives and practical examples of community development and community building.

Course Outcomes

The outcomes for this course are to enable you to:

  • Discuss the meaning of community, community development (CD) and related terms;
  • Explain the history of CD and understand the rationale for its application;
  • Compare the different conceptual frameworks underpinning CD as a philosophy and relate them to the approaches taken in practice;
  • Analyse and synthesise the fundamental components of CD practice;
  • Reflect on how community development principles and practice relate to your past, current and future work and life experiences;
  • Appreciate the issues and dilemmas which can enable or hinder this approach in practice.
Learning and teaching rationale

My approach to learning and teaching is student-focussed and deliberately includes students in decision-making about their learning options and the approaches taken in the classroom. I also use participatory and creative approaches to student learning and teaching. The small group activities you will take part in online or in the classroom have been designed to actively engage you in the learning process. They allow you to interact and collaborate with your fellow students and myself to build and reflect on your prior experience and knowledge, draw on the diversity of experiences we collectively bring to discussions as well as provide an opportunity to apply new knowledge.  In this course, I plan to share with you the insights gained through my working life and more recently in my research and service role in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and assist you to integrate your own experiences with the theories and practice of community development.

Teaching strategies

This course is designed to provide theoretical perspectives and frameworks to guide community development practice and research. It also facilitates exploration of the fundamental components of community development, such as empowerment.  Case examples are used to explore theories and models in practice and to highlight and reflect on the issues and dilemmas faced in community development work.

Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - Understanding Community
Weighting: 20%
Length: 1500 words

Assessment Task 2 - Scenario-based group participation and wiki
Weighting: 30%
Length: 1000 words per section

Assessment Task 3 - Critical analysis of scenarios
Weighting: 50%
Length: 2500 words

Readings and resources

Learning resources for this course consist of the following:

  • Course notes and readings (printed course packs available from UNSW Bookshop and electronic format available in Moodle)
  • Community descriptions
  • Lecture slides (posted in Moodle)
  • Lecture recordings if available (posted in Moodle)
  • Supplementary resources such as videos, podcasts
Text

Minkler M (ed), Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare, (3rd Edition), Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, N.J., 2012.
The text is available as a hard copy to purchase from the UNSW bookshop or you can read it online AND download it (for a ‘loan’ period of 5 days) with a limit to the number of pages you can print off.