Introduction to Community Development

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About Course

Course formation – This is a modular course and there are a total of three units. 

  • First week – reading, quiz, reflection questions
  • Second week – reading, quiz, reflection questions
  • Third week – reading, two case study reflection questions and one process ideation question

About reference – The authors, Kenny and Susan, of the book “Developing communities for the future” are from Melbourne, Australia. They give remarkable insights about the nature of community development in the Chapter 1 of their book which the author has designated as a main reference for this course. Based on the knowledge and insights from the book, the author has organized the course format in three simplistic modules so that students can understand what it is like to be a community development practitioner.

Frank Tesoriero and Gary Paul Green also have their own remarkable insights in their respective books which the author has used as side references for this course.

The themes for each module are :

  • Terminologies
  • Important insights into community development
  • Process Ideation

 

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What Will You Learn?

  • Gaining new insights and in-depth knowledge of what community development is
  • Getting a foundational idea of how to effectively engage in real-life community development work and projects

Course Content

Module 1: Terminologies
The first week is all about terminologies in the field of community development.

  • 1.1. Community
  • 1.2. Development
  • 1.3. Community Development
  • 1.4. Emancipatory Politics
  • 1.5. Subsidiarity
  • 1.6. Participatory Democracy
  • 1.7. Deliberative Democracy
  • 1.8. Representative Democracy
  • 1.9. Quiz for Module 1
  • 1.10.1. Reflection Question 1
  • 1.10.2. Reflection Question 2
  • 1.10.3. Reflection Question 3

Module 2: Important Insights
In the second week, students will be delving deeper into the concept of community development.

Module 3: Process Ideation
In this module, we will cover some of the actual tasks of community development practitioners, what kinds of abilities, knowledge, and skills that they should have in different community settings, and elements of the process of community development. (Fully Referenced from Kenny and Sue’s Developing Communities for the Future)

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