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OCCP3201: Community Development and Disability

People with and without disability can take collective action to help build liveable, sustainable and equitable communities. In these healthy communities, people with disability feel comfortable being who they are, they and no lists participate in decisions that affect their lives, they have the same sense of life opportunity as other people, and they know they will be treated fairly and with respect. Disability inclusive community development challenges discrimination and exclusion whilst promoting recognition of people with disability as fully contributing and responsible citizens. The unit will employ a project-based learning approach focusing on real-world problems as the vehicle for significant multidisciplinary learning about disability-inclusive and sustainable community development. We will identify common narratives that perpetuate inequity for people with disability and appraise how these narratives inform contemporary policies, programs and services. We will consider why these dialogues endure even when evidence shows they have adverse effects. We will explore how modes of working with communities, such as community capacity development, policy, and advocacy, are used (re)shape opportunities for inclusive and sustainable communities

Code OCCP3201
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Students will need to have completed 18 credit points of 2000 level units

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Apply community development and disability theory to appraise the inclusiveness of a program and its guiding policy framework and identify areas for future development and change (towards greater inclusiveness).
  • LO2. Devise a plan to respectfully acquire social, cultural, and historical information from multiple stakeholders and information sources to learn about a community.
  • LO3. Select an effective framework and mode for working with communities matched to community goals and priorities.
  • LO4. Establish strategies to work in partnership with diverse communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • LO5. Identify criteria upon which to assess the success, scalability and sustainability of a disability inclusive community development initiative.

Unit outlines

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