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In this course, the concept of community in the modern world is explored, together with theoretical and practical approaches to understanding community development. An introduction is provided to community analysis and the dynamics of change in communities.
This course considers critically the concept and praxis of community development. It considers contemporary issues such as immigration, refugees, politics, the environment and health. There is a focus on critical theory, politics and policies in New Zealand and internationally. Theoretically this course focuses on how the concepts of ‘community’ and ‘development’ are socially constructed in attempting to be responsive to the political, cultural and social issues of the time. The course is divided into two sections: theoretical considerations and praxis.
1. To critically explore the relation between the individual and belonging to a community2. To consider and critique theoretical debates in community development practice and ideals3. To understand social, cultural, political, theological and economic influences and dynamics within contemporary community development4. To understand cross-cultural issues relating to belonging and collectivity5. To consider important concepts and practices relating to agency, individualism, collectivism, resources mobilisation, advocacy, power, social justice and governance6. To critically consider notable socially responsive and subversive communities in New Zealand and globally
30 points from HSRV101, HSRV102, HSRV103, HSRV104, SOWK101, SOWK102 and SOWK104. Students without this prerequisite but with at least 60 points in appropriate courses may enter the course with the permission of the Programme Coordinator.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.