Working with Communities (9426.2)
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Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will demonstrate the ability to:
1. Develop an assets profile of a community;
2. Identify methods of influencing policy and decision makers; and
3. Engage in and facilitate a range of activities directed at fostering community agendas for positive change.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesMust have passed units 9274 Advocacy for Change OR
5784 Community Development Principles and Practice OR
Permission of unit convener.
Incompatible unitsStudents who have completed unit 6874 Community Work cannot enrol in this unit.
Equivalent units6874 Community Work.
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Please note the following texts will be used in other units such as Community Development Principles and Practice, and Sustainable Communities and thus will take you right through the Community Development Minor and Major. Ife is the one most used in this unit and you can obtain the other in the library as needed.
Ife, J. (2016). Community Development in an Uncertain World. Cambridge University Press. Second edition.
Kenny. S. and Connors P 2017 Developing Communities for the Future. Fifth Edition Cengage Learning Australia. South Melbourne
NB the Coop Bookshop is now closed but there are several copies availbale in the library so given the small numbers this should meet your needs
Additional unit readings will be made available via Canvas.
Below are listed a range of general reference books available in the area of Community work. This list is a sample of the large number of such publications available in the UC library.
Brookfield, S. (1995) Adult Learners, Adult Education and the Community. Milton Keynes, Oxford University Press.
Kenny, S. (2011). Developing Communities for the Future (4rd ed.). Melbourne, Vic: Nelson ITP.
Kretzmann, J. & McKnight, J. (1998) A guide to creating a neighborhood information exchange : building communities by connecting local skills and knowledge : a community building workbook from the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, ACTA Publications, Chicago
Kretzmann, J. & McKnight, J. (1997) A guide to capacity inventories: mobilizing the community skills of local residents : a community building workbook from the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, ACTA Publications, Chicago
Kretzmann, J. & McKnight, J. (1996) A guide to mapping local business assets and mobilizing local business capacities : a community building workbook from the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, ACTA Publications, Chicago
Kretzmann, J. & McKnight J. (1993) Building Communities from the Inside out: a path toward finding and mobilizing a community's assets, ACTA Publications, Chicago
McArdle, J. (1998) Resource Manual for Facilitators in Community Development, Volumes I and II.
MaCashen, W. (2004) Communities of hope : a strengths-based resource for building communities, St Luke's Innovative Resources, Bendigo
Tesoriero, F. (2010). Community Development: Community-based alternatives in an age of Globalisation (4th ed.). Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.
Vinson, T., Rawsthorne, M. & Cooper, B. (2007) Dropping off the edge: the distribution of disadvantage in Australia, Richmond, Vic: Jesuit Social Services
Weeks, W., Hoatson, L. and Dixon, J (2003) Community Practices in Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Students will be asked to confirm the following online declaration at the point of submission. I certify that:
• the attached assignment is my own work and no part of this work has been written for me by any other person except where such collaboration has been authorised by the lecturer/s concerned;
• material drawn from other sources has been fully acknowledged as to author/creator, source and other bibliographic details according to unit-specific requirements for referencing; and
• no part of this work has been submitted for assessment in any other unit in this or another Faculty except where authorised by the lecturer/s concerned.
Extensions: Extensions must be applied for before the due date
Students can apply for an extension to the submission due date for an assessment item on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances. Documentary evidence will be expected for an extension to be granted.
It should be noted that such documentation will be considered but will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.
Responsibility for understanding
If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of any particular assignments or assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should contact the unit Convener or tutor. Further, it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are correctly enrolled in the unit and that the tutor and Student Administration have their correct contact details.
Special assessment requirements
All writing tasks and assessment items must be submitted to satisfy the course requirements. Normally an aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Supplementary assessment will usually only be offered to students who have failed a single unit in their final semester with a final mark between 45-49% and the unit is required for course completion. Refer to the UC Supplementary Assessment Policy.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Regular attendance at all the lectures and tutorials is expected in this on-campus unit. Your preparation for and participation in both class and online activities will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items.
Required IT skills
Basic word processing and ability to use Canvas
Work placement, internships or practicums
Learning in this unit will be integrally linked to experiences in professional contexts but does not require a placement as such. You will be strongly encouraged to visit community centres and projects through out the Semester.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (Canvas forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).