This topic is an introduction to a vast and diverse body of knowledge, values and practices in community development. This will include an introduction to perspectives and debates on the sociological construct and formation of 'community', civil society, social change and the state. The focus is at both the level of theoretical debates and also exploration of our own assumptions, experiences and beliefs about community and change. Whilst the topic is taught within a historical frame, the focus will also be on what it is that is new for community development in contemporary times. Consistent with the focus on application, the topic has a strong emphasis on the development of analytic abilities, creativity and on introduction to a range of community development practice skills. Appreciation of challenges and dilemmas in practice settings is considered. The topic is taught in an experiential manner.
This topic aims to:
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