TEAC 7043 Engaging Communities

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102148

Coordinator Brenda Dobia Opens in new window

Description From 2020 students should note that core units are now taught in semesters rather than half yearly sessions. Community engagement is variously seen as a strategy for improving educational outcomes, increasing community ownership and/or empowering citizens to take collective action. Although appeals to 'community' often assume a homogeneous ideal, active community engagement needs to respond to a diversity of needs and experiences. This unit begins by exploring the notion of community, its uses and meanings in different discursive and professional contexts. Students will be introduced to theory and praxis aimed at identifying community needs, partnering across diversity and working effectively and inclusively to build community strengths and engagement. The unit's applied learning focus requires students to develop and implement a community engagement strategy for a selected setting.

School Education

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program, with the exception of those students enrolled in the8083 Bachelor of Research Studies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate notions of community and community engagement
  2. Audit a community�fs membership, strengths and assets
  3. Analyse community profile data to determine needs
  4. Respond to a diversity of community needs and interests
  5. Develop a community engagement strategy
  6. Evaluate various forms of feedback and develop recommendations to enhance engagement

Subject Content

Notions of ?ecommunity?f - ideals and realities
Diversity within and between communities ? strengths and tensions
Sites and contexts for community engagement
Engagement - purpose, process and dilemmas
Mapping community
Skills and strategies for working with community
Critical competencies for cross-cultural engagement
Establishing and maintaining effective partnerships
Building inclusive communities


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case Study - Community Mapping & Initial Engagement Strategy 1,500 words 40 N Individual
Report - Report on Design and Implementation of Community Engagement Strategy 4.000 words 60 N Individual

Teaching Periods