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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Monica Green


This is an introductory core unit in the Master of Regional Education and Community Development. It is designed as a reflective practice unit to enable practitioners working in the broad field of community development, in urban and rural contexts, to develop their practice. Students will be introduced to the concepts of sustainability, place, and community development and to contemporary research in the area. It will use the frameworks of sustainability, place, and community, to examine how people learn about places and form sustainable communities in the places where they live and work. Students will undertake practitioner research in order to apply these theories to their practice.


Upon successful completion of this units students should be able to:

  1. understand the concepts of sustainability, place and community development
  2. understand the processes of community building and community engagement
  3. apply contemporary theories and research to their work in sustainable community development
  4. undertake practitioner research in sustainable community development and to change their practice in response to this research.


Written essay or reflective journal (3000 words, 40%)
Project plan and report (5000 words equivalent, 60%)

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