Full Title:Community Development
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:COMD H1005
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module introduces students to Community Development and Community Capacity Building.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Define the terms "community development" and "community capacity building" and explain the link between the two.
  2. Explain the community development process and how to apply it.
  3. Identify the conditions that support community development and describe the skills and knowledge needed to be effective.
  4. Identify the most common problems experienced in community development and explain how experience tells us these problems may be overcome.
  5. Examine current trends issues and concerns and identify possible solutions.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Understanding the terms.
Principles and Values . What is Community Development? Community Development Resources. What is Community Capacity Building? The Impact of Building Capacity .
When dioes Community Development happen?
Responding to a Challenge or Opportunity.Community Awareness — The Power to Act.The Desire to Build on Diversity and Find Common Ground. Understanding Change .Checking the Readiness of Your Community .The Need for a Catalyst .
Developing a Process
Building Support.Making a Plan. Implementing and Adjusting the Plan. Maintaining Momentum.
Attitude Knowledge and Skills.
Communication, Facilitation and Team-Building Skills. Research, Planning and Evaluation Skills Problem-Solving and Conflict-Resolution Skills . Management Skills . Organisational Design and Development Skills . Building on Skills and Responding to Skill Gaps.
Common Problems and Solutions
Not Understanding Your Community.Getting From Planning to Action . Failing to Evaluate Results . Lack of Financial Resources . Role Confusion and Power Struggles . Unresolved Conflict .
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Students who don't achieve a passing grade will resubmit their portfolio or parts thereof.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Flo Frank. Anne Smith 1999, The Community Development Handbook. A Tool To Build Community Capacity., © Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada 1999 http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/community [ISBN: ISBN: 0-662-28233-7]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Gilchrist Alison; Taylor Marilyn;Bristol: Policy Press 2011, The short guide to community development [ISBN: 9781847426895]
  • Beck, D. Purcell, R. Exeter: Learning Matters 2010, Popular Education Practice for Youth and Community Development Work., Exeter: Learning Matters
  • Phillips, R. & Pittmann, R.H., eds . 2009, An Introduction to Community Development., illustrated, reprint Ed., Routledge Chapman & Hall, 2009 [ISBN: 0415773857, 9780415773850]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Community Development Work & Youth Studies
  • Oxford Journals Community Development Journal [ISSN: Online ISSN 1468-2656 - Print ISSN 0010-3802]
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HCYWO_7 Bachelor of Arts in Community Youth Work 1 Mandatory
DK_HCYWO_C Higher Certificate in Arts in Youth Studies 1 Mandatory