Perspectives in International and Community Development

Faculty
Child, Family & Community Studies
Department
Child, Family & Community Studies
Course Code
CFCS 3900
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2-15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
Fall
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course is designed to prepare students who have an interest in participating in international learning experiences in developing countries. Students will develop an understanding of the language, history, culture and religious practices of a number of developing countries. Attention will be given to the effects of personal values and beliefs and the power of privilege when engaging in international experiences. The principles of sustainability and do no harm will be used as the cornerstones for understanding community development in other countries.
Course Content
  • Presenting ourselves as learners to the host country prevents imposing our values and solutions
  • The principle of “do no harm” to clients, host country, agencies, the college and future students insures that we consider the present and future impact of our professional and private behaviour
  • A global education enhances our capacity to understand and respond to the world views of the multicultural Canadian mosaic
  • Physical, emotional and intellectual preparation are essential for recognizing and dealing with the risks and realities of an international practicum experience
  • Geography, political structure and religious practices affect healthcare, education and social practices.
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Experiential classroom activities
  • Guest speakers
  • Audio-visual presentations
Means of Assessment
  • Written reflections
  • Exams
  • Case study
  • Group presentations

This is a letter graded course

Learning Outcomes
  1. Articulate an understanding of the history and geography of Developing Countries (Landlocked, Least Developed, and Small Island States), its effects on the political system and religious and cultural practices.
  2. Describe the effects of oppression and colonialism on the power structure within the society.
  3. Think critically about the effects of religious beliefs and cultural practices on:
    • Women and children
    • Sexual orientation
    • Healthcare practices
    • Education
    • Disability issues.
  4. Examine how religious beliefs and cultural practice serve to support or negate service provision in the areas of health and education on:
    • Women and children
    • Health care practices
    • Disability issues.
  5. Articulate the importance of developing a global understanding:
    • Deconstruct the limitations of a Eurocentric focused education
    • Describe how human lives are shaped by the interactions between local and global forces
    • Discuss how in Canada there is a need to understand multiple perspectives or world views on family structure, the privilege of education and social supports.
  6. Discuss the power of privilege as it applies to:
    • Education
    • Life options.
  7. Explore the historical, political and cultural context of international work and the ramifications of this context on:
    • Service deliver
    • The role of women and children
    • Education
    • The power of privilege
    • Disability issues.
Textbook Materials

TBA

Requisites

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses.

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU IS 3XX (3) 2013/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
34787
Wed
Barreiro
Jacqueline
Open
Online
CFCS 3900 001 is restricted to full-time CYC degree students.

This course will include synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
33
0
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
9:30
-
12:20