Course Title: Group and Community Work Strategies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Group and Community Work Strategies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Sebastian Cordoba

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 9925 9956

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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

Program Learning Outcomes  

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   

  • 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 

Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Interpret and evaluate the scope and diversity of group and community work practice and their purpose 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

All the readings and course material will be provided on CANVAS. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including book chapters, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1:  Case study (15%) 800 words, CLO 1 & 2 

Assessment 2: Facilitated Group Session (50%) CLO 1, 3 & 4 

Assessment 3: Reflective Essay (35%) 1500 words, CLO 1, 2, 3 & 4. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions