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Course Syllabus: Community Development 101

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Course Description

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. Whatever ideal they have for any facet of their lives is going to influence the actions that they take to try and make it a reality. However, there are significant factors involved that can cause them to succeed or fail in equal measure. In many cases, they simply do not know how to make things better for themselves and others in a way that will actually work.

For many who want to make improvements to their surroundings, for whatever reason, the best way to do it is through community development. Primarily used as a means of reducing poverty in society for decades, community development is a process where problems that are impeding the lives of community members can be addressed and solutions found. It's used across the world in communities of all shapes and sizes to treat problems of equal variety. There are virtually no limits to its usage, and community leaders can implement and guide the process on their own with the assistance of community members.

This course is designed to address the community development process in full and to act as a resource for those who want to use it to better themselves. Some of the topics up for discussion will include the history and future of community development, the strategies that communities can use, and what factors impact the process. All of the information in this course can be applied in more ways than one to improve your community. Take the initiative today! 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson One - What Is Community Development?

Lesson Two - America's History Of Community Development

Lesson Three - The Key Principles Of Community Development

Lesson Four - The Role Of Community-Based Organizations

Lesson Five - The Value For Community Members

Lesson Six - The Community Development Process

Lesson Seven - Strategic Factors of Community Development

Lesson Eight - Community Development and Crime

Lesson Nine - Government and Community Development

Lesson Ten - Community Development Approaches

Lesson Eleven -Disasters And Community Development

Lesson Twelve - Engagement And Community Development

Lesson Thirteen - Sustainability And Community Development

Lesson Fourteen - Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Lesson Fifteen - The Future Of Community Development

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a brief quiz. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.
  • Know the strategic factors of community development.
  • Describe the government role and community development.
  • Describe engagement and community development.
  • Know sustainability and community development, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Quiz 150
Quiz 250
Quiz 350
Quiz 450
Quiz 550
Quiz 650
Quiz 750
Quiz 850
Quiz 950
Quiz 1050
Quiz 1145
Quiz 1250
Quiz 1350
Quiz 1445
Quiz 1550
The Final Exam345
Total Points:1085

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