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Social Planning and Community Development

Social planning brings together social, economic, environmental and cultural perspectives to effectively manage change – changing populations, changing expectations and how change is resisted or embraced. This course will equip you with increased knowledge of social planning and community development theory and practice.

About this course

Social planning and community development bring together social, economic, environmental and cultural perspectives to effectively instigate and manage change within communities. This social planning and community development course will equip you with increased knowledge of the field, based firmly in theory and practice.

This short 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, including 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.

Course structure

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 in designing 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 governments to ensure all activities are uniformly directed toward 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 through building relationships among teams within the organisation, across communities, with other levels of government and with non-government organisations. You will also learn how social connectedness is enhanced by building the community’s capacity to respond to identified issues.

The following content will be covered during the course:

  • 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.

Learning outcomes 

Through completing this 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’ and community engagement to roles and the workplace
  • 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.

Course delivery

This short 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.

In-house training solutions

Social Planning and Community Development can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via Zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at ippg.learning@uts.edu.au.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for professionals working in social planning and community development in state or local governments, who want to use innovative practices to adapt and manage change in the local setting.

$2,875.00

START DATE

22 November

MODE

Online

DURATION

4 days

Meet the Expert

Dr Helen Christensen

Dr Helen Christensen

Helen 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).

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.

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Professor Alan Morris

Professor Alan Morris

Alan 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 was also Chief Investigator for the Australian Research Council linkage grant (2017-2019) titled 'Local government and housing in the 21st century'.

In 2014-2016, Alan was Chief Investigator for the Australian Research Council discovery grant titled 'Stuck here forever? The dynamics and social consequences of long-term private renting in Australia'.

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George Argyrous

George Argyrous
Manager, Research and Evaluation, IPPG

George is the Research and Education Manager with the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). Formerly an ANZSOG Senior Lecturer in Evidence-Based Decision Making, he is an expert in social, economic and evaluation research. He has worked with many central agencies, including the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Commonwealth Department of Finance - developing whole-of-government frameworks to improve the use of evaluation.

George has written national evaluation frameworks in major policy areas, such as disaster recovery and countering violent extremism, and has managed and delivered evaluations across a wide range of topic areas for government and non-government clients.

 

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Book a session

Mon 22 Nov 2021 -
Tue 07 Dec 2021
Expert: Dr Helen Christensen, Professor Alan Morris, George Argyrous
  • This class will be delivered online, via a live video link.
  • Online
  • 4 sessions, 32 hours total
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