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HSW3220 Integrative Community Based Approaches

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Krystal Schaffer


The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Community Engagement Framework promotes collaboration among community leaders, vulnerable people, their families, and other citizens to provide equal opportunities for all people in society. This framework has been utilised in Australia and internationally for social planning, social enterprises, and inclusive community development and is consistent with human rights strategies. Human services professionals require an understanding of strategies for promoting community access and inclusion for all marginalised and vulnerable groups. Students will develop knowledge and practical skills in applying community-based approaches with individuals and communities. The course will address access and inclusion in a variety of contexts and consider the needs of different populations.

This course introduces the WHO Community Engagement Framework and practical resources for understanding and assessing functioning and health of individuals and populations. Students will apply knowledge of community-based participatory approaches, collaborative planning, and leadership development as community-based approaches to promote access and inclusion in contexts of cultural diversity. Students will demonstrate professional communication skills in advocating for inclusive development and discussing ethical considerations in complex human services systems.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to

  1. Articulate and apply advanced knowledge of community-based concepts, techniques and tools in program design or evaluation.
  2. Evaluate human functioning and the influence of personal and environmental factors on participation and health.
  3. Identify features in environments and evaluate their impact on accessibility and inclusion for a range of individuals.
  4. Describe and critique the role of human services in inclusive development, and the cultural and ethical considerations arising in professional practice.
  5. Utilise professional skills in communication and collaboration for developing and evaluating initiatives to promote community access and inclusion.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding and evaluating human functioning and health through the engagement of individuals in purposeful activity and interaction with environmental and personal factors. 20.00
2. Community Based Approaches (CBR) as a framework for promoting community access and inclusion. 20.00
3. Community-based participatory approaches, collaborative planning, and leadership development methods as CBA strategies to promote access and inclusion. 20.00
4. Applying rights-based, participatory approaches, accessibility and universal design concepts in context. 20.00
5. Examine and critique the role of human services in community practice. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%)
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 50
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 50
Date printed 30 June 2022