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SOC3000 Collaborative Community Problem Solving

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Professional Pathway Social Wk
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Victor Igreja


Pre-requisite: 12 course units (though 16 course units is recommended)


Other courses in the student's program of study engage knowledge and competencies from within particular disciplines. This course expands these studies by challenging the student with a cross disciplinary workplace experience, working effectively and productively with professionals from other disciplines who have different priorities, models and frameworks for conceptualising, managing and solving problems. Complex community issues are the subjects with which teams of students will engage to acquire these skills, while contributing to the understanding of an identified community problem.

Students will work within cross disciplinary project teams consisting of a mix of students, professionals and community members from outside the university. Each team will have a community issue assigned to it. Where possible, this issue will be from an identified community, either within the local area, or from overseas where an international student brings an issue forward. A staff member will facilitate each project team's activities. Students will engage in a series of workshops where they meet as a group and contribute knowledge and competencies from their own experiences and disciplines to critically analyse the components of the issue and define specific challenges, such that further research and consultation can result in a proposed framework for problem solving. Between workshops students will be responsible for researching the issue, consulting with community members personally or electronically, and preparing components of the project report for the team. The deliverable from the course is a report which describes the issue analysis, relevant research and community consultation, and a prospectus on possible management or resolution strategies.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. apply principles of social justice, ethical and legal professional practice, and working with diversity while engaging in community problem solving;
  2. apply knowledge and competencies from their own disciplines to strategic thinking as a member of a multidisciplinary team;
  3. critically analyse complex community problems by integrating theories, systems and frameworks from multiple disciplines and perspectives;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the roles of various disciplines in the analysis, research, consultation and intervention processes related to a selected community problem;
  5. collaborate effectively and productively with other team members who have different priorities, models, and frameworks for conceptualising, managing and solving problems;
  6. demonstrate professional communication and organisation skills necessary to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team, including group facilitation, leadership, planning, decision making, conflict resolution and effective use of computer mediated communications;
  7. plan community level strategies with processes inclusive of all stakeholders.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Collaborative community problem solving community as client and community as partner:
  1. professional practice issues of interdisciplinary community consultation
  2. challenges of collaborative solutions in political environments
  3. challenges of community participation and empowerment
  4. human, social, environmental and economic capital
  5. understanding challenges to community structures and resources
  6. determining community readiness for change
  7. assessing components of community issues and challenges
  8. analysis that facilitates community development and change
  9. strategies to promote action from consultation

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 (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Planning document Yes 20 1,2,3
Assignments Written Research (project) Yes 50 6,7
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 30 4,5
Date printed 30 June 2022