Course Title: International Perspective on Community Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Perspective on Community Development

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO1301

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Summer2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017

HUSO2263

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Summer2014,
Sem 1 2015

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO1301

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (TOUR),

UGRDFlex17 (LAIK)

HUSO2263

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex17 ()

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Paul Battersby

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2308

Course Coordinator Email: paul.battersby@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: By appointment

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students need to apply and be accepted prior to enrolling in this course. Interviews are conducted as part of the application process as numbers are limited.


 


Course Description

The study tour will provide the students with the opportunity to experience and observe the diverse range of development experiences in a developing country. Each year the destination country and theme is decided in advance. This may include interaction with a wider range of individuals from non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, international funding bodies, and local peoples’ organizations. The types of issues that may be examined include poverty and sustainable development, gender and development, environment and sustainability, volunteering and service learning, in the context of a developing country. It will involve living and travelling together as a group with opportunities for local community immersions. The study tour will utilise a number of action-learning approaches, such as participant-observation, immersion, group discussions and fieldwork. Debriefing and reflection sessions are integral to the program to assist in sharing and processing lessons learned both in the destination country and upon return to Melbourne.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course contributes to achieving the following capabilities within the context of international community development.

1. Analytical and Systematic
The capability to distill meaning, interpret, absorb and synthesize knowledge and information derived from multiple sources and perspectives and to examine global issues and questions from different standpoints and using differing values systems
2. Communicative and Facilitative
The capability to communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts across cultural and linguistic contexts, often bilingually, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice
3. Adaptive and Contextual
The capability to be adaptive intellectually and in living practice in analysing local situations and to adapt to diverse cultural, linguistic and organizational contexts
4. Strategic and Imaginative
The capability to take a strategic perspective in policy and practice in addressing global-local issues through planning and prioritization and to implement new directions and solutions in constructive and creative ways
5. Diagnostic and Evaluative
The capability to apply knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in international and cross-cultural settings, to assess risk and to evaluate policies and programs in their local-global context
6. Research and Development
The capability to identify research issues, design and plan research projects fro international and cross-cultural contexts and to develop and implement projects for localised settings.


At the conclusion of the course you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the history, context and practice of community development in the destination country.
2. Reflect on the study tour experience in the context of Australian and other international community development experiences.
3. Synthesize your experiences in the destination country informed by key theoretical frameworks.
4. Participate and contribute to group life and learning in a study tour context.
5. Practise cross-cultural skills.


Overview of Learning Activities

The primary learning activity will involve travel to a developing country. This is complemented by online face-to-face orientation and debriefing workshops.


Overview of Learning Resources

Reading materials will be made available prior to departure and as part of pre-departure workshops.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment will involve a variety of tasks that include: active participation, presentations and written assignments.