Contexts of Community Practice
We'll examine the historical, cultural, social, political, economic and ecological forces that have shaped community life and influenced community practice in Canada and across the globe. With an emphasis on how power affects people and communities, you'll analyze the conditions that lead to the different models, policies, and programs of social development. You'll develop critical reflexivity and assert your own perspectives in relation to the current research debates about contemporary community issues, community practice and social development.
Theoretical and Practical Foundations
You'll gain foundational knowledge about the theories of community, guiding values and principles in community practice, and approaches to community practice (development, organizing, social planning and social change). You'll develop critical thinking and practical skills that are required in the various phases of community practice, including: engagement, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. The importance of rooting community practice in professional social work ethics and social justice, including the ethical requirements of self-care, will be addressed.
Critical Perspectives in Community Practice
With explicit attention to unique histories and experiences of communities, you'll be intentional in selecting and integrating the various critical perspectives into community practice. Building upon the integration of theoretical and practical foundations, you'll further examine and apply theories of decolonization, anti-racist theory, queer theory, critical disability theory, feminist theories and other critical schools of thought. You'll explore empowering processes and strategies in working with communities. You will utilize the knowledge and practice skills you gained in the course to design, plan and develop your funding proposals for a community development project.
Advanced Integration of Community Practice
You'll immerse yourself in local communities to apply your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. You'll analyze the contexts of community practice, select and use the relevant theoretical framework(s), and apply practical skills as related to your specific areas of passion. You'll consider social work ethics and values when working with communities.