Course Details

Placement Theory and Practice

Course Code CDEV-220
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open
Description:

Students will examine roles, responsibilities, issues and challenges related to the practicum experience and reflect on their own practice, knowledge, values and skills so that they may take action to meet their own learning and development needs (reflective practice). Critical thinking skills as applied to the theory and practice of CD will be examined. Students will continue to develop their career portfolios, focus on resume writing and discover how to self-brand in order to promote their careers. Researching various agencies where community development is practiced will augment their understanding of the scope of CD practice. In addition, students will have the opportunity to attend a panel presentation of experts (currently practicing in the field of CD or performing CD research) in order to inform their understanding of potential areas of career and employment opportunities. Students will look at occupational and functional mapping to provide a context for their roles and boundaries as practitioners.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform skill and knowledge self- assessment to ensure ongoing professional and personal development   
  2. Identify community agencies and settings of interest that will satisfy employment goals
  3. Define the roles and responsibilities of a CD practitioner within specific community agencies
  4. Explain the importance of respecting diversity in the community to the practice of community development.
  5. Identify the range of roles and settings in which the CD worker can practice   
  6. Prepare a resume, cover letter, and professional career portfolio that incorporates ways to market oneself and create a personal "brand'
  7. Apply job searching, interviewing, networking and researching skills to secure employment in the community development field
Course Outline CDEV-220.pdf