Course level

Postgraduate Coursework


Humanities and Social Sciences


Social Science School




One Semester

Class contact



POLS7105, SW716, SWSP7123

Assessment methods

Proposal, paper and plan

Course coordinator

Dr Lynda Shevellar

This course is not currently offered, please contact the school.

Course description

In our efforts to engage in change in our communities we are located in a range of social spaces: sometimes we are leaders, planning for change, seeking to bring others along with us and to enthuse them with the same vision. Other times we are among those deeply affected by changes not of our making and certainly not in our interest. We need to join with others to ensure our voices are heard. This course explores issues of planning, engagement and governance from a political community development perspective. Unlike other planning approaches (for example, town or social planning), here the emphasis is on what it means to plan for change from the bottom up, what mechanisms assist engagement at a very local level, and why community governance matters. In doing so it explores the dynamics of power operating in social change agendas and provides people with tools for engaging with these to best effect social change.

Course will only be offered if enrolments exceed 15 students.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2018 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2014 St Lucia Internal Course Profile