LES202 Contemporary Issues in Community Development (8)

This subject explores the theories and practices of community development, community building and inclusion, as they relate to health, and leisure programs. Students investigate the sociopolitical context of community, including equity issues that relate to diverse population groups. They consider theories of inclusive citizenship and how these may inform community practice. Strategies for promoting social change through community health and leisure programs and projects are examined.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss and analyse health outcomes and health care from different social, economic, cultural and political perspectives;
  • be able to apply critical political, social and economic insights on health and health provision to health outcomes for people at a local level;
  • be able to apply the concepts of community, power and inequity in relation to health and leisure practices, contexts and projects;
  • be able to explain the concept of inclusive citizenship and critically reflect on how this may be applied in health and leisure contexts; and
  • be able to apply and critically evaluate a variety of the key principles and strategies of community development to health and leisure contexts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Understanding, community health and leisure
  • Sociopolitical issues in health and leisure
  • Creating equitable and inclusive communities
  • Community development approaches
  • Creating inclusive communities
  • Understanding and building community
  • Creating opportunities for inclusive recreation


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.