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CDS1000 Introduction to Community Welfare and Development

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication


Co-requisite: CMS1000 or CMS1009 or EDC1100


This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles and skills required for working in the community and human services sectors. Much of the basic knowledge required is common for workers in varied social settings and various community services including carers, workers with Indigenous, refugee or immigrant communities, workers in women's shelters, youth workers and self-help groups. Emerging initiatives covered include principles of rights based development, empowerment, community rather than individual approaches, enhancing social capital and giving voice to the disadvantaged through advocacy. The course provides students with insights across a range of disciplines and sectors preparing them to contribute effectively to responsive, trans-disciplinary teams and adapt to emerging initiatives in working in community organisations or community development work with marginalised groups in Australian society or overseas.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2011 External
Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Fraser Coast
Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Springfield
Semester 3, 2011 External