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POLI6003 - Community Development

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Title:Community Development
Long Title:Community Development
Module Code:POLI6003
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Political Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Next Review Date: November 2021
Module Coordinator: TOM O CONNOR
Module Author: MARGARET O KEEFFE
Module Description: Community Development is generally understood as a process of bringing people together to achieve a common goal. This goal is usually related to enhancing quality of life. The module charts the history of community development; explores the core principles and theories of community development and related concepts such as collective engagement, empowerment, participation and capacity building alongside an exploration of contemporary debates in community development.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify the history of community development as well as its core principles and theories
LO2 Identify some of the key structures and organisations in the community development field in the Irish, European and International context
LO3 Discuss community development as both a task as well as a process of collective engagement
LO4 Discuss key topics in community development within the contemporary Western political context
LO5 Describe the relevance of community development for community and/or work setting
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

None
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

None
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Historical Context
The history of community development in the Irish and international context; principles of equality, solidarity; collective engagement, empowerment, participation and capacity building; theories of community development: radical, and consensus perspectives.
Key Actors, Organisations and Structure
The role of key state/supranational actors in community development: (for example, in the domestic/European context: the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Department of Social and Family Affairs and the European Union) as well as structures of governance such as Social Partnership and its relevance to community development/work.
Task and Process:
Mobilising effective participation and engagement in community development – the role of task and process.
Key Contemporary Debates
Gender and development; civil society; social capital; cohesion and diversity; globalization and emergent neo-liberal trends.
The Reflective Dimension
Facilitated group learning approaches (underpinned by personal experience and reflection) to highlight the role of effective group work in community work settings.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions In class assessment - the topic (s) given in Week 2 1,2 20.0 Week 4
Essay Essay/Assignment - for example, on the subject of community development as both a task and a process of collective engagement 2,3,4 65.0 Week 12
Reflective Journal Reflection 3,4,5 15.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/workshop 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study and reading 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/workshop 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study and reading 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Phillips, R. and R. Pittman 2015, An Introduction to Community Development, 2nd Ed., Ch. 1 - 5, Routledge London and New York [ISBN: 9780415773843]
  • Jackson, A. and C. O'Doherty (Eds) 2012, Community Development in Ireland - Theory, Policy and Practice, First Ed., Gill and MacMillan Dublin [ISBN: 978071714974]
  • Ledwith, M. 2011, Community Development: A Critical Approach, 2nd Ed., Ch. 1 - 3 and 7 - 9, Policy Press University of Bristol [ISBN: 9781847426468]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Wilkinson, R. and K. Pickett 2010, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, 2010 Ed., Ch. 13 - 16, Bloomsbury Publishing London [ISBN: 978160819341]
  • Powell, F. and M. Geoghegan 2004, The Politics of Community Development: Reclaiming Civil Society or Reinventing Governance, A&A Farmer Dublin [ISBN: 978189904777]
  • Bill Cooke and Uma Kothari (Editors) 2001, Participation: The New Tyranny?, 4th Ed., Ch. 1 - 3, Zed Books London [ISBN: 9781856497947]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Hautekeur, G. 2005, Community Development in Europe, Oxford University Press and Community Development Journal, Vol 40, 4, 13 [ISSN: 1468-2656]
  • Powell, F. and M. Geoghegan 2006, Community Development, Partnership Governance and Dilemmas of Professionalisation: Profiling and Assessing the Case of Ireland, The British Journal of Social Worker, Vol 36, 5, 16 [ISSN: 1468-263X]
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HCOED_7 Bachelor of Arts in Community Development 1 Mandatory
CR_HCOED_6 Higher Certificate in Arts in Community Development 1 Mandatory

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