Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Young People and Community Development

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will explore the concept and social construction of community. It will explore how community has been represented in theory and will attempt to position youth in such a debate. The ideas and theories of association and associated life, social capital, civic community and the phenomenon of globalisation will all be engaged with. The notion of community development and social constructions of community are most certainly crucial in the representation and debates surrounding community development. This study-unit will engage with the notions and thinking that encapsulates all aspects of cities, their suburbs, and other rural areas.

Study-unit Aims:

- To foster understanding of the concept and social construction of community

- To foster understanding of the position of young people in the community

- To develop a basic understanding of community development theory

- To understand the discourse surrounding community

- To explore ways in which young people may become engaged in community development.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- localise and conceptualise theoretical and applied notions of community and community development;

- critically appraise and apply methods of managing community and regeneration practices with special reference to young people;

- have a critical understanding of the broader socio-cultural, political, historical and policy context in which community exists.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- comprehend community dynamics

- localise youth in this scenario

- re-conceptualise space and new communities

- engage young people in community development practices.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Bauman, Z. (2001). Seeking safety in an insecure world. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Bell, C. & Newby H. (1971). Community studies. London: Unwin.

Cohen, A.P. (1985). The symbolic construction of community. London: Tavistock.

Chavis, D.M., & Wandersman, A. (1990). Sense of community in the urban environment. A catalyst for participation and community development. American Journal of Community Psychology, 18 (1), 55-81.

McMillan, D. W. & Chavis, D.M. (1986). Sense of community: A definition and theory. American Journal of Community Psychology, 14(1), 6-23.

Reading pack

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%


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