Course code Soci1013

Credit points 2

Community Development

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation29.04.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Līga Paula

Dr. sc. soc.

Prior knowledge

Soci1005, Basics of Research

Soci1014, General Sociological Theory

Course abstract

During the course the students are introduced with the concept and typology of communities developed in social sciences, community development approach and possibilities to involve communities in resolution of their socio-economic problems particularly focusing on territorial communities. The course also provides insight in theoretical and methodological approaches in community studies, which are useful in analysis of community processes. The students are introduced with the process of community development and basic principles of its organization.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge on community typology, community structure and processes, on community development process and the main principles of community development organizing.
• Skills to identify particular community types, to choose appropriate methodological approach and methods for identifying community needs and problems, to plan community development process.
• Competence in collaboration with different social agents to identify and analyse community needs and problems which can be resolved by employing community development approach.

Compulsory reading

1. Blackshaw T. Key Concepts in Community Studies. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC: SAGE, 2010. 220 p.
2. Fulbright-Anderson K., Auspos P. (eds.). Community Change: Theories, Practice, and Evidence. [tiešsaiste] Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change. Washington, D.C.: Aspen Institute, 2006. 555 p. Pieejams:
3. Ohmer L.M., DeMasi K. Consensus Organizing: a Community Development Workbook: a Comprehensive Guide to Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Community Change Initiatives. London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC: SAGE, 2009. 403 p.
4. Stoecker R. Research Methods for Community Change: a Project-based Approach. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2013. 280 p.

Further reading

1. Noya A., Clarence E., Craig G. (eds.). Community Capacity Building: Creating a Better Future Together. [tiešsaiste] OECD, 2009. 166 p. Pieejams:
2. Twelvetrees A. Community Work. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 240 p.
3. Wenger E. Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 418 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Community Development. The Community Development Society. Routledge,Taylor & Francis. ISSN: 1557-5330.
2. Journal of Community Practice. Routledge, Taylor & Francis. ISSN: 1070-5422.
3. Journal of Rural Studies. Elsevier. ISSN: 0743-0167.