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Master of Arts (Community Development Practice and Social Policy) (Community Develoment Practice)

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  • Objectives
    This course builds on the graduate diploma to provide you with an opportunity to complete an individual research or fieldwork project. You will be given the opportunity to complete your project locally, in regional areas, interstate or overseas.
  • Entry requirements
    * A four-year bachelor degree or equivalent in a related discipline plus at least 12 months’ relevant work experience; or * A three-year bachelor degree or equivalent in a related discipline plus a graduate diploma in a related discipline with a course weighted average of at least 70% and at least 12 months’ relevant work experience.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts (Community Development Practice and Social Policy)(Community Develoment Practice)
  • Course description
    Our community development practice courses provide those who want to make a positive difference in the world a thorough understanding of contemporary notions of a community, linking local concerns to global issues. They will prepare you for a variety of areas for community focused practice. Rather than promoting a particular approach, model or philosophy, they facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and practice skills and prepare you for the challenges of contemporary practice.

    In these courses you will explore perceptions of community, the numerous roles involved in community practice, and expectations of ‘community’ in changing contexts. Key principles include human rights, participation, empowerment and reflective practice, which are reframed through discussion of current initiatives and debates. You’ll explore the ‘new communitarians’ alongside related themes including globalisation, social entrepreneurship and community partnerships.

    Community Develoment Practice Major (within Master of Arts Community Development Practice)

    Introduction

    Community practice is enacted within diverse settings, and reflects different approaches and expectations. This major prepares graduates from a variety of areas for community focused practice. Rather than promoting a particular approach, model or philosophy, it facilitates the acquisition of knowledge and practical skills, and prepares graduates for the challenges of contemporary practice. Core units explore perceptions of community, the numerous roles involved in community practice, and expectations of 'community' in changing contexts. Key principles include human rights, participation, empowerment and reflective practice, which are reframed through discussion of current initiatives and debates.

    Course Structure                                                                                             Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1 Semester 1

    11462       v.2           SW 534 - Advanced Practice - Reflexivity in Practice                 2.0     25.0
    307046     v.2           SW 601- Community Development Theory and Practice I         3.0     25.0
    7522         v.8           Research Methods 602                                                             2.0     25.0
    7818         v.5           Professional Ethics 501                                                            2.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                               100.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

    300722     v.3           Professional Evaluation 602                                                     2.0     25.0
    304385     v.3           SW 697 - Independent Study Research Proposal Preparation 2.0     25.0
          OR
    304392     v.2           SW 698 - Independent Study                                                  1.0     25.0
    306339     v.2           SW 522 - Social Development                                                  3.0     25.0
    307044     v.2           SW 603 - Community Development Theory and Practice II      3.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                              100.0

    Year 2 Semester 1

    310514     v.1           Community Practice Stream (Within the Master of Arts Community                                                      Development Practice)                                                                      100.0
          OR
    310515     v.1           Community and Social Development Stream (Within the Master of Arts                                              Community Development Practice)                                                    100.0
                                                                                                                                               100.0

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