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Global Perspectives in Community Development

Course Code CDEV-314
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

This course places the practice of CD in an international context that emphasizes how large-scale global changes affect communities around the world. Students will investigate how the impact of poverty, urbanization, the environment, and decentralization have affected international settings and how world trade, tax reform and the global communications revolution have affected communities and impacted CD practice locally. An exploration of what is meant by international community development and CD as an evolving social force in planned change globally will be included along with a review of the many organizations that promote CD internationally – UNESCO, WHO, UNICEF and others. Common social values and principles that underlie the practice of CD globally will be identified and discussed, as well as the relationship between human rights and community development.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the relationship between globalization and glocalization and identify how they shape the practice of CD
  2. Examine the reciprocal relationship between global and local community development work and the resulting impact on CD practice
  3. Identify the universal principles, values, goals and policies that guide international CD practice          
  4. Describe the ways that community is experienced and constructed across different cultural contexts           
  5. Identify the challenges related to international CD work and provide possible solutions to these challenges   
  6. Identify organizations that advance CD practice internationally and investigate examples of this work