Social Planning and Community Development Course
Social planning and community development bring together social, economic, environmental and cultural perspectives to effectively instigate and manage change with communities. This social planning and community development course will equip you with increased knowledge of the field, based firmly in theory and practice.
This social planning and community development course explores social planning and community development as applied to local government. Councils have a responsibility to their communities to continually make sense of socioeconomic, political and cultural trends and are uniquely placed to respond appropriately and efficiently to the social issues affecting local communities. Tools and techniques that support practitioners to identify and respond to opportunities and challenges in their communities are explored in this course, such as: social policy, community safety, social impact, social infrastructure, demographics and neighbourhood renewal. Participants are encouraged to harness scholarship, creativity and innovation, firmly grounded in the social justice principles of equity, access, participation and rights, to deliver positive outcomes for communities.
|Duration||5 sessions (40 hours in total)|
|Time||9:00 AM — 5:00 PM|
|Venue||UTS City Campus|
|Cost||$2,875 (GST free)|
Tap into our expertise to learn how to galvanise teams, organisations and communities to embrace and plan for social change. Learn tools and techniques to identify and respond to opportunities and challenges in your community. Be encouraged by our academics to harness scholarship, creativity and innovation to design community solutions. The best visions are firmly grounded in social justice. Principles of equity, access, participation and rights are the pillars that deliver positive outcomes for communities.
You will consider ways to harness teams, units and departments across local government to ensure all activities are uniformly directed towards the best community outcomes. Moreover, you will analyse how social planning and community development, often combined with land-use planning, can support council work. This could occur by building relationships among teams within the organisation, across communities, with other levels of government and with non-government organisations. Learn how social connectedness is enhanced by building the community’s capacity to respond to identified issues.
The social planning and community development course will cover the following content:
- Principles and practice of social planning and community development.
- Social planning practice and research.
- Social planning and local government.
- Planning and people – addressing change.
- Theory practice integration.
After completing this social planning and community development course, you will have:
- Increased knowledge of social planning and community development theory and practice.
- Evaluated and applied community development approaches such as, social impact assessment, social infrastructure analysis, ‘Safety by Design’, community engagement, to roles and work place.
- Capacity to think strategically about cities, appreciate the social, cultural, economic and political drivers of change and work collaboratively with other professions.
- Evaluated the place of social justice and ethics within local government.
- Analysed personal views and values and their impact on individual practice.
- Demonstrated ability to develop informed arguments and rationale for social planning outcomes.
- Expanded their capacity to question and challenge current practice to foster innovation.
This social planning and community development course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
Due to COVID-19, this social planning course will be delivered online, via a live video link. Participants will also be able to access online activities and readings in the UTS Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas, to supplement these sessions.
In-house Training Solutions
This social planning and community development course can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for professionals working in social planning and community development in state or local government who want to use innovative practices to adapt and manage change in the local setting.
About the presenters
Dr Sara Alidoust has worked as a researcher, educator and practitioner (in private sector and local government) in both Australia and internationally. Sara obtained her PhD from Griffith University in 2016. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the interrelationships between policy, planning, design and public health. She investigates the role of urban policy and built environment in the health and wellbeing of the community, including the ageing population. Her work is participatory and focuses on planning inclusive cities that embraces diversity through community engagement in planning and decision-making.
Dr Helen Christensen is a community engagement specialist with skills in training, research, process design and facilitation. She works as an independent consultant and regularly delivers training for the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) where is also the Chair of the Research Committee. Helen is an Industry Fellow at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance where she has recently completed a PhD exploring the practice and professionalisation of community engagement in Australian local government. Having worked for over 15 years in local government and consulting, Helen has considerable experience in: planning, delivering and reporting engagement; training people from a variety of sectors to plan and deliver engagement; building organisational capacity to better engage communities and stakeholders; and, leading the development of frameworks and strategies.
Associate Professor Bligh Grant is Associate Professor at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance and UTS Centre for Local Government. He is Course Coordinator of the Master of Local Government program at UTS. He is co-author of three books, Local Government in Australia: History, Theory and Public Policy (2017; with Joseph Drew) and Funding the Future (2013) and Councils in Cooperation (2012) (both with Brian Dollery and Michael Kortt). He is co-editor of Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim (2018) with Cathy Yang Liu and Lin Ye. Recent co-authored scholarly articles have appeared in Australian Journal of Political Science, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Policy and Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Local Government Studies and Australian Planner. He contributes regularly to media on Australian politics, particularly on local government matters.
Professor Alan Morris is a prominent urban and housing studies scholar. He is the lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery grant (2019-2021) titled 'A hidden crisis? The experience and impacts of precarious housing among international students in the private rental sector’'. He is also Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage grant (2017-2019) titled 'Local government and housing in the 21st century'. In 2014-2016 he was lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery grant titled 'Stuck here forever? The dynamics and social consequences of long-term private renting in Australia'.
Dr. George Argyrous is the Research and Education Manager at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG).
George was formerly ANZSOG Senior Lecturer in Evident-Based Decision Making and director of the Evidence and Evaluation Hub. He is an expert in the application of statistics and research methods to social, economic and evaluation research. George has worked with many public and private organisations, providing research and evaluation services, as well as building evaluation capability. He worked with central agencies including the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Commonwealth Department of Finance to develop whole-of-government frameworks to improve the use of evaluation, as well as writing national evaluation frameworks in major policy areas such as disaster recovery and countering violent extremism.
Geoff Brailey is a social researcher, strategic advisor and Lead Solution Designer at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As an experienced researcher, Geoff understands how evidence-based insights can inform strategy and help organisations to thrive amidst change.
From his experience in solving business problems using research, Geoff has assisted organisations to identify new target markets and improve engagement levels with staff, donors and customers. As Lead Solution Designer at McCrindle, Geoff regularly develops strategic recommendations that guide CEOs, business leaders, managers and teachers to communicate the trends and shape the culture.
Pathway to postgraduate study
Successful completion of social planning course could count as credit towards one of our postgraduate courses.
This short course is presented by the university's Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Learn more about the Institute's research, industry collaboration, postgraduate programs and short courses.