• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

Available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. Students participate in interactive, real-time classes. 2024 class dates: Nov 18, 20 & 22.

This course is a practical, hands-on master class which will help students to design, critique and implement a community development strategy. Different types of community development strategies will be examined, such as Asset Based Community Development, Feminist Participatory Action Research, Participatory Rural Appraisal and a Freirean approach. These strategies will be compared and contrasted. The course will examine the theory behind each approach, but will especially focus on the practical implementation of each strategy. Students will have an opportunity to practice these techniques and provide feedback on demonstrations of these techniques. This course will also provide a contextual understanding of how non-governmental agencies, community associations and local government agencies operate in an array of contexts, both in Australia and in Asia and the Pacific. At the end of this course, students should feel confident to develop their own community development strategy and employ a range of techniques, particularly in complex scenarios. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Critically analyse different types of community development strategies and approaches and evaluate what may work best in different scenarios.
  2. Design their own community development strategy, showing awareness of the strengths and potential pitfalls of each strategy and apply these with communities
  3. Critically analyse the ethics, assumptions and ideologies underpinning each community development strategy.
  4. Demonstrate strong team work skills and be able to critically appraise peer work.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Group presentation (20) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. Individual paper (2000 wds) (50) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Memos based on critical analysis of peer presentations (1000 wds) (30) [LO 1,2,4]

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The standard workload for a 3 unit course is 65 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text.

Preliminary Reading

Chambers, R. (1994). ‘The origins and practice of participatory rural appraisal’, World Development, 22(7), 953-969.

Freire, P. (1970). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Herder and Herder.

Lenette, C. (2022). Participatory Action Research: Ethics and Decolonization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

MacLeod, M.A. and Emejulu, A. (2014). Neoliberalism with a community face? A critical analysis of asset-based community development in Scotland, Journal of Community Practice, 22, 430–50.

Mathie, A. and Peters, B. (2014). Joint (ad)ventures and (in)credible journeys evaluating innovation: asset-based community development in Ethiopia, Development in Practice, 24:3, 405-419.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
3 units

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