Community Work Models

Question: Matching our ideas about community with community work models/approaches.

“For community development, the integration of theory and practice brings together our theoretical understandings of how society works, and our vision of how we would like it to work, with specific strategies and tasks.” (Kenny 2017)

I. Choose a community from Australia that you would like to work with to address an area of change. Focus on specific geographical area, such as a town, a suburb, or neighbourhood.

II. Discuss the desired change(s) you and the community would like to see and describe how this would occur. Discuss the approach or model of community work that would best achieve this.

Assessment Criteria: The paper will be assessed according to the following criteria

· Clear definition and explanation of your view of a community (Weight: 30%).

· Demonstrates a good understanding of a community work model or approach and how it would help to achieve change (s) (Weight: 30%).

· Critical analysis of the community work model in relation to the tensions, debates and wider theoretical issues in contemporary society (Weight: 20%).

· Quality of writing and presentation (eg. spelling, grammar, punctuation and presentation) (Weight: 10%).

· Correct Referencing (minimum of 8 academic references among which 5 should be from the suggested list of readings, consistent use of a reference system, preferably APA 6th) (Weight: 10%).

Suggested Readings and Learning Materials: Readings should reflect on your assignment

· Twelvetrees, A. (2008). Introduction: What is Community Work? (Chapter 1) Community Work, 4th ed. Palgrave, Basingstoke. Pages 1-18.

· Hardcastle,Powers and Wenocur (2004) ‘Theory-based, Model-based Community Practice (Chapter 2, pp 33-60)’ in Community Practice: Theories and Skills for Social Workers. 2nd Ed,Oxford University Press, New York.

· Rothman J., (1995) ‘Approaches to Community Intervention’ p26-63 in Jack Rothman and Johan Tropman (eds) Strategies of Community Intervention: Macro Practice, 5th Edn, Peacock, Illinois.

· Stringer, Ernest T (2007) Action Research, 3rd Edition, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks. (Chapter 7, Strategic Planning for Sustainable Change and Development, pages 145-167)

· Yeneabat, M & Butterfield, A.K. (2012)”We can’t eat a road: Asset-Based Community Development and the Gedam Sefer Community Partnership in Ethiopia.” Journal of Community Practice, 20 (1-2),pp 134-153

· Mendes (2002) ‘Social workers and the ethical dilemmas of community action campaigns lessons from the Australian State ofVictoria. Community Development Journal, Vol37, No. 2, April pp 157-166.

· Chaplin, A. (2010)Social movements in Bolivia: from strength to power. Community Development Journal, Vol 45 (3) pp 346-355

· Communities of hope : a strengths-based resource for building community.Wayne McCashen;[commissioned by Anglicare Australia]. – Bendigo, Vic. : St Luke’s Innovative Resources, 2004.

· Wood, J., Savaiano, P (2009) ‘Room to read: the democratization of literacy’ in Stout, C.E. (ed)The new humanitarians: Inspiration, innovations and blueprints for visionaries, Vol 2, Praeger. Westport. pp 15-30.

· Grey, M. & Crofts, P (2008) Social Development and its relevance to Australian Social Work.Australian Social Work. Vol. 61, No.1 March.

· Taylor, J., Edwards, J., Champion, S., Cheers,S., Chong, A., Cummins, R and Cheers, B (2012) ‘Towards a Conceptual understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and Community Functioning’. Community Development Journal, Vol 47 No 1, January 2012. Pp 94-110

· Gilchrist, A. (2009). The well-connected community (Second edition): A networking approach to community development. Bristol, UK: Policy Press at the University of Bristol.

· Ennis, G., & West, D. (2012). Using social network analysis in community development practice and research: a case study. Community Development Journal, 48(1), 40-57.

· Bellis, M. A., Phillips-Howard, P. A., Hughes, K., Hughes, S., Cook, P. A., Morleo, M., … & Jones, L. (2009). Teenage drinking, alcohol availability and pricing: a cross-sectional study of risk and protective factors for alcohol-related harms in school children. BMC Public health, 9(1), 380.

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