HSS501 Community Contexts (4)

This subject provides an examination of the social contexts that influence community leadership and resilience. It begins by considering the contested nature of concepts like community, community resilience and community leadership and related social theories. Socio-cultural, political, economic and environmental factors influencing the lived experience of community leadership and resilience are also analysed. This includes the impacts of socially inequitable patterning of leadership and resilience among communities, for example by social class, gender and cultural background. Attention is also paid to institutional, community-led and partnership-based initiatives to foster community leadership and resilience. The subject is designed with adaptable delivery models, which may include combinations of condensed online sessions and one-off workshops.


Micro Session 4 (52)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSS501. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and discuss the contested nature of key concepts like community, community leadership and community resilience;
  • be able to critically explain how social structures and human agency influence experiences and practices of community leadership and resilience; and
  • be able to apply theoretical concepts to the development of community leadership and resilience initiatives.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Thinking about community leadership and resilience, including socio-cultural, political, economic and environmental contexts
  • Structural inequality and impacts of class, gender, culture and rurality
  • Institutional, partnership and community-led initiatives in leadership and resilience

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HSS501 in Micro 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Community resilience briefing paper

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.