Online Class: Community Development 101

There is almost a natural desire that people have towards improvement. They want to make themselves better, they want their lives to be better, and they want their communities to be better, and this innovative course will help both newcomers and seasoned community developers with what they can do to improve their communities and how to go about doing it.

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  • 15
    Lessons
  • 17
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 1,346
    Students
    have taken this course
  • 8
    Hours
    average time
  • 0.8
    CEUs
 
 

Course Description

Unleashing Potential: The Power of Community Development

At the heart of human endeavor lies an innate yearning—a quest for enhancement, growth, and a brighter future. Each individual carries within them a vision—a dream of a better self, a harmonious society, and flourishing surroundings. Yet, while this drive propels many forward, a haze of uncertainties, challenges, and complexities often obstructs the path. Amidst these challenges, the question looms: how do we truly usher in positive transformation, not just for ourselves but for the larger community we're an integral part of?

Enter the realm of Community Development—a beacon of hope that has illuminated paths for countless communities across the globe. Historically, it has been a potent tool in combating societal disparities, predominantly poverty. Community development isn't just a methodology; it's a movement. A movement rooted in collaboration, where every voice matters, and collective action is harnessed to tackle deep-seated challenges. From urban skyscrapers to tranquil rural landscapes, this process has showcased its adaptability, relevance, and impact.

Our meticulously crafted course serves as a gateway to the profound world of community development. Embark on a transformative journey as you explore:

  • Chronicles of Change: Dive deep into the rich tapestry of community development, understanding its origins, evolution, and the vistas of its promising future.
  • Blueprints of Betterment: Decode the multifaceted strategies that have reshaped communities, unveiling the myriad avenues of application.
  • Pillars of Progress: Understand the critical factors that influence this development process, ensuring its success and sustainability.

The promise of a brighter tomorrow is not just a distant dream—it's a tangible reality, waiting to be shaped by you. Our course equips you with the insights, tools, and perspectives to be a catalyst in this transformative journey. Each module is not just a lesson but an invitation—to envision, engage, and elevate.

Today, you stand on the brink of an empowering expedition. One that not only redefines communities but also reimagines destinies. So, take that decisive leap. Enroll, enlighten, and empower not just yourself, but an entire community. Together, let's sculpt a legacy of lasting change.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.6 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
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(1,027 votes)

Lesson 1: What is Community Development?

This lesson will explore the basics of community development that eventually will tie into the rest of the course. Additional lesson topics: Introduction to Community Development: Theory, Practice, and Service-Learning; Planning and Community Development: A Guide for the 21st Century 51 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: What is your goal for taking this course?
  • Assessment: Quiz 1

Lesson 2: America's History of Community Development

This lesson will address the long and varied history of community development. It will focus on the process' history in the United States rather than its lifetime around the globe. Additional lesson topics: Community Development Story; Community Development in America: A Brief History pdf 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 2

Lesson 3: The Key Principles of Community Development

This lesson will look at those key principles that feed into the structural design of community development. Additional lesson topics: Empowering Lives through Community Development 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 3

Lesson 4: The Role of Community-Based Organizations

This lesson will explore community-based organizations and what they can do for those going through the community development process. Additional lesson topics: CBO Organizations; Organization Types and Subtypes 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 4

Lesson 5: The Value for Community Members

This lesson will explore some of the major ways that community development can be of value and be beneficial for community members. Additional lesson topics: Transformative Community Planning: Empowerment Through Community Development; Sound Community Planning Process Based on Six Steps 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 5

Lesson 6: The Community Development Process

This lesson will look at the community development process and the basic steps that a community should consider. Additional lesson topics: Session Several Community Development Process 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 6

Lesson 7: Strategic Factors of Community Development

This lesson will further explore the strategic factors of community development and what they can do. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 7

Lesson 8: Community Development and Crime

This lesson will further explore the relationship between community development and crime. Additional lesson topics: The Role of Government: Promoting Development or Getting Out of the Way 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 8

Lesson 9: Government and Community Development

This lesson will explore the role that government plays in community development and the circumstances that prompt its involvement. Additional lesson topics: HUD.GOV; The Importance of Public Administration in Community Development Scholarship and Practice 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 9

Lesson 10: Community Development Approaches

This lesson will explore some of the standard community development approaches that are used today. Additional lesson topics: Resources of Community Development; Community Development Evaluation Research; Community Development Approaches 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 10

Lesson 11: Disasters and Community Development

This lesson will explore the relationship between disasters and community development. Additional lesson topics: Why Community Engagement Matters; How to step up in the face of disaster; Community Development after Disaster Strikes 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 11

Lesson 12: Engagement and Community Development

This lesson will look at the role that the members of the community have in community development. Additional lesson topics: What is community engagement, exactly?; Types of community engagement 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 12

Lesson 13: Sustainability and Community Development

This lesson will look at sustainability and what it can mean for communities when it is instigated through the community development process. Additional lesson topics: Sustainable community development in the digital age:; American Public Garden Association: Sustainable Community Development; What is Sustainable Community Development? 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 13

Lesson 14: Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

This lesson will discuss CDCs and their relation to community development. Additional lesson topics: Community Development Corporations CDCs ; Why Start a Community Development Corporation 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 14

Lesson 15: The Future of Community Development

This final lesson will look at the future of community development and what it may hold. 395 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Quiz 15
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
1086
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what community development is and why it's important.
  • Describe america's history of community development.
  • Define the key principles of community development.
  • Describe the role of community-based organizations.
  • Determine the community development process.
  • Summarize the strategic factors of community development.
  • Describe the government role and community development.
  • Describe engagement and community development.
  • Summarize sustainability and community development.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Community Development 101
Course Number: 9770498
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,027 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Author: Theresa Smith
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course is very helpful to me. By living in my community over the past seven years, I think it is incredibly important to have an understanding of what community development entails and what can be done to ensure its success. Having completed this course, it gives me better understanding of the more complex aspects, the value and how to involve myself in my community development process and how to use community development as a means of general improvement for the benefit of all in the community I live." -- Waisea T.
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