Community Development Concepts and Applications in Health and Social Services

Faculty
Applied Community Studies
Department
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 3601
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
30
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
In this course we apply an ecological perspective to explore the nature and process of community systems and approaches to planning. Experientially we explore meanings of community, capacity building, social capital, inclusion and belonging, citizen power, and social change. Through active involvement in class discussions and engagement with community organizations, we examine various approaches to community development in health and social services settings by applying leisure, recreation and therapeutic recreation concepts and practices.
Course Content

Definitions and theories of community

 

Ecological Frameworks and System Theory

  • Brofenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory
  • Systems and subsystems, boundaries, energy, entropy
  • Foundations of community development
  • Examples of application

 

Fundamental Planning Approaches in Health and Social Services Settings

  • Community development as a method, practice, process, movement
  • Social marketing
  • Social reform planning
  • Policy analysis
  • Social learning
  • Social mobilization
  • Advocacy, empowerment and social change
  • Theoretical underpinnings, applications and examples of each approach

 

Assets Based Community Development (ABCD)

  • Needs maps versus assets maps (John McKnight)
  • Initiating ABCD – moving from discovering “care” to taking action

 

The role of the community developer

  • Facilitation skills
  • Managing conflict
  • Consciousness raising and conscientization (Paulo Freire)
  • Insider and outsider roles
  • Dealing with power issues

 

Understanding worldviews

  • Reflexivity
  • Whiteness and intersectionality
  • Stigma, prejudice and discrimination
  • Advantage and disadvantage

 

Key concepts linked to community development

  • Citizenship
  • Inclusion and belonging
  • Capacity building
  • Citizen power
  • Social capital

 

Community Development and Leisure, Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation

  • Community development through leisure education
  • Links between leisure education, serious leisure, civic participation and participatory citizenship
  • Applying community development concepts and approaches to various client groups and contexts
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Involvement in community development group processes simulated in the classroom
  • Community service learning
  • Student debates
  • Case studies
  • Student presentations
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Tests
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Service-learning project

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. identify a worldview and how it influences beliefs, understandings, assumptions, and decision-making;
  2. understand and apply the central concepts of system theory and ecological frameworks to community organizing;
  3. compare and contrast definitions of community and approaches to community building;
  4. understand the fundamental approaches to planning and be capable of identifying them in practice;
  5. compare and contrast models of community development;
  6. describe the links between community development and health promotion, recreation and therapeutic recreation; and
  7. engage actively and appropriately with community organizations to better understand the realities of community development in various contexts.
Textbook Materials

T.B.A.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Corequisites

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

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) No credit 2006/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2006/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3) 2006/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (1.5) 2008/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PE 2XX (1.5) 2006/09/01 to 2008/04/30

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.