This course will introduce students to various types of group work and community development utilised in Social Work practice. The different roles of Social Workers within groups and communities and the impact of context on group work and community development practice will be explored. Students will consider a range of therapeutic, social, cultural and geographically based groups and various community development strategies by using case studies. Students will learn to apply different theoretical approaches to group work and community development and develop an understanding of group and community development processes (including planning, delivery and evaluation) and how to address common problems that occur in groups and communities. Students will debate professional practice issues that may occur when working within organisational, research and community environments. The particular challenges for group work and community development in outer-urban, regional and rural communities will be considered.