HSRV211-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Community Development: Concepts, Practice and the Dynamics of Change

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


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.

Learning Outcomes

1. To critically explore the relation between the individual and belonging to a community
2. To consider and critique theoretical debates in community development practice and ideals
3. To understand social, cultural, political, theological and economic influences and dynamics within contemporary community development
4. To understand cross-cultural issues relating to belonging and collectivity
5. To consider important concepts and practices relating to agency, individualism, collectivism, resources mobilisation, advocacy, power, social justice and governance
6. 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.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Karl Popper 413 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Cindy Zeiher


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 1 20 Aug 2018 40% 2500 words
Online post 07 Sep 2018 10% 500 words
Essay 2 19 Oct 2018 40% 2500 words
Tutorial participaton and attendance 10% Attendance sheet must be signed

Indicative Fees

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.

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