Community Development Policy
|Lecture hours per week||3|
|Lab hours per week|
This course will focus on how and why social and economic policy dimensions impact the community development process and community life in general. A critical analysis of the social and cultural contexts of CD policy will be fully explored across multiple sectors. Policy issues for local governments will be examined as well as the range of policy instruments – regulations, financial incentives, expenditures- available to communities in the process of making community policy. Why CD policy is important (the benefits), how it can be used and what factors should guide policy-making efforts aimed at CD, will be discussed. Constraints on the development and implementation of community policy will be explored as well as the efficacy of various community policies in furthering CD practice. Exploring social change theories will help to explain changing norms and standards of acceptable behaviour in a community that impact the ability of community residents to adhere to policies aimed at solving community problems and building community strengths.
Course Learning Outcomes
The student will reliably demonstrate the ability to: