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COURSE TITLE: Special Topics in Sociology - 2009/10 Fall - Community and Place
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Randolph Haluza-DeLay
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A course on a topic of figure of special interest to a member of the sociology faculty and offered on a non-recurring basis.

Prerequisites: three credits in introductory sociology

2009/10 Fall

This course will examine the role of community in human social life in an age of globalization. Topics will include community development, bioregionalism, diversity and social inclusion, and the place of communities in rural and urban settings. The course will also examine different types of communities including: radical Christian communities, cooperatives, intentional communities, and current initiatives in support of developing sustainable communities. 
  • Rausch, Thomas. 2002. Radical Christian Communities (2nd Ed.). Portland, OR: Wipf & Stock.
  • Additional readings will be provided
Reflective Project - regular journal (could include poetry, video, art etc) 30%
TBD 70%
  • Understand the diverse ways in which the notion of “community” is conceptualized and used.
  • Research ways that “community” has been used in historic Christian models.
  • Engage in the practice of a class as “community” wherein decision-making is shared.
  • Conduct a class “community development” project (internally, or for an external organization).
  • Integrate the theoretical and practical knowledges formed through study and experience in the course.

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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