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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 globallyUniversity Graduate AttributesThis course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below: Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
15 points at 100 level in HSRV AND 15 points from either Schedule V to the BA, Schedule C to the BSW(Hons), Schedules C or E to the BCJ; OR 60 points from the BA, BSW(Hons) or BCJ.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences