Course Title: Group and Community Work Strategies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Group and Community Work Strategies

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS2213

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Juliet Watson

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 3477

Course Coordinator Email: juliet.watson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.14

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of theoretical and practical developments in, and approaches to, group and community work. This course introduces you to group work processes especially as they relate to community level practice. Key concepts to be explored include the important definitions of communities and differences in types and styles of participation and leadership. You will develop skills in group work facilitation using a critical practice framework that informs both group and community level practice. A focus on social justice will provide a philosophical underpinning in the course; critical social work perspectives will provide the overarching theoretical framework with attention to race, gender, culture and other power dimension in community work and group processes and dynamics. Through building a community of practice among your peers you will identify core principles of ethical community work and explore the role of group and community work in active and participatory citizenship.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should have developed:
• An understanding of the context of contemporary group and community work in Australia
• A critical awareness of some of the major perspectives and theories informing group work and community based practices
• Knowledge of some of the contexts for community and group work practice and a critical analysis of social disadvantage, marginalisation and oppression at local, regional, urban and international levels
• An understanding of some of the major debates, concepts and issues is community work
• An ability to work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, social and environmental awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflexive practice.


The Learning Outcomes for this course are:
1. Interpret and evaluate the scope and diversity of group and community work practice and their purposes within contemporary social, political, ethical and organisational contexts
2. Compare and contrast major theories and concepts informing group and community work practice
3. Create, facilitate and reflect on small group experiences
4. Apply self-reflexive skills to critically analyse the role that personal, social and structural factors play in the functioning of groups and communities.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as lectures / seminars, workshops, large and small group discussions, experiential activities and independent reading and research.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to use a prescribed text. RMIT will also provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

You will be asked to prepare assessment tasks with a total word length or equivalent of 5000 words. This may take the form of group facilitation, class presentation, quizzes, peer review and written assessment.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment