You will conduct a literature review focusing on a community issue, which affects a group of people who experience disadvantage or marginalisation*.

As part of your review, reflect on the larger social problems that relate to this issue (e.g., structural inequality, a lack of social services, a lack of capacity building), outline any programs that effectively address or relate to this issue and describe any engagement methods that are shown to be effective when connecting or working with people affected by this issue. Also, include a discussion on how these engagement methods relate to ACU’s Five Community Engagement Principles.

Topics could include:

  • Urban homelessness in Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane
  • Homelessness in children and teenagers
  • Homelessness and mental health
  • Homelessness among the veteran community
  • Impact of domestic violence on children
  • Refugee settlement and the potential role of Sport
  • Support services for refugee and migrant women
  • Health promotion in refugee and migrant communities
  • Overcoming educational barriers experienced by children from refugee and migrant backgrounds
  • Effectiveness of disability employment services
  • Support services for children and young adults with a disability
  • Social isolation in the elderly population
  • Barriers to participation for people with an Intellectual Disability
  • Mentorship for students with ASD
  • Child protection in CALD communities
  • The leading factors contributing to domestic violence
  • Domestic violence legislation and reducing domestic violence
  • PTSD in victims of domestic violence
  • Support services for parents from refugee and migrant backgrounds in navigating the Australian education system
  • PTSD experienced by children from refugee and migrant backgrounds
  • Inclusive education school models vs. mainstream education school models for young people with physical and intellectual disabilities

*Note: It is important to recognise that experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation doesn’t define a human being, and that any individual brings with them strengths, capacities, and a multi-faceted human experience.

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35 hours

Word count

3000-4000 words


The ACU Community Engagement Principles should be referenced. Referencing should also be provided in relation to any programs or support services you identify that relate to the issue you have chosen.

There should be a minimum of ten (10) peer-reviewed and relevant journal articles cited in relation to your topic and/or community engagement generally.

You may use the referencing system defined by your unit of study you are completing this alternative task for.

A competent completion of this task will…

  • Clearly define the issue you are reviewing, including who this affects and how
  • Clearly discuss the larger social problems that lead to this issue e.g., structural inequality, a lack of social services, a lack of capacity building)
  • Thoroughly outline programs that seek to address the issue, as supported by literature
  • Thoroughly outline engagement methods that are shown to be effective when connecting or working with people affected by this issue.
  • Use at least ten (10) Peer-reviewed sources
  • Compare recommended engagement methods to ACU’s Five Principles of Community Engagement


Permission to complete this opportunity as a substitute or supplement for a community engagement placement must be granted by your lecturer in charge.

Please speak with your lecturer in charge to ensure this task meets the requirements of your studies.


What you need to know

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ACU's policies and procedures aim to keep both you and the communities you interact with legally, physically and ethically safe. It is a requirement of all community engagement placements that you read these policies prior to commencement.

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Before you begin

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