HSS502 Inclusive Community Engagement (2)

Ensuring genuine inclusion of diverse and disadvantaged sections of communities in decision-making and governance continues to be a key community engagement challenge. This subject focusses on inclusive community engagement approaches that aim to meet this challenge. Moreover, inadequate progress on social and ecological imperatives and declining trust in social institutions has led to a proliferation of regulatory and legislative obligations around community engagement and to a 'participatory turn' in theory and practice. Alongside a critical overview of core perspectives in the contested field of community engagement, this subject gives particular attention to participatory approaches in the 21st century. The subject is designed with adaptable delivery models, which may include combinations of condensed online sessions and one-off workshops.


Micro Session 3 (42)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSS502. 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 identify and apply community engagement approaches that foster community leadership and resilience; and
  • be able to articulate and enact community engagement practices that enable social inclusion and robust community participation.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Social, political, legal and practice frameworks for inclusive engagement
  • Inclusive approaches, including citizen juries and participatory governance
  • Overcoming barriers to inclusive engagement

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HSS502 in Micro 4 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
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Critical reflection

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.