HSS503 Models of Community Development (4)

This subject critically examines what community leadership and resilience mean in the context of community development theory and practice. It gives close attention to models that attend to the power inequalities shaping leadership and resilience among communities. Practices are considered that foster community leadership, resilience and power for social action and change including organising, activism, resistance, social movements and participatory democracy and economies. The theory and practice implications of challenging the power inequalities that undermine inclusive community leadership and resilience are analysed. The subject is designed with adaptable delivery models, which may include combinations of condensed online sessions and one-off workshops.


Micro Session 5 (72)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSS503. 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 discern between a range of community development models relevant to community leadership and resilience;
  • be able to explain how community development theory and practice can reproduce or resist the power inequalities shaping community leadership and resilience experiences; and
  • be able to apply theoretical concepts to community development practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Community development overview
  • Social justice, empowerment and culturally inclusive frameworks for community development
  • Community organising and capacity building for resilience
  • Leadership in community activism and participatory democracy

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HSS503 in Micro 5 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 development and community resilience
Analysis of case study
Core ideas

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.