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COURSE TITLE: Community and Place
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Christine Baghdady
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: This course will examine the role of community in human social life in an age of globalization. Topics will include community development, diversity, social exclusion/inclusion, community resilience, and rural and urban communities. 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.

Same as SOCI 321.

Prerequisites: Three credits in introductory sociology or human geography
REQUIRED TEXTS: Community Organizing: A Holistic Approach. Kuyek, Joan. 2011. Blackpoint, Kuyek NS: Fernwood.
Case study 25%
Oral presentations 10%
Class participation 20%
Personal reflection 20%
Student lead class/readings 10%
Final Exam 15%
  • 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. Investigate the social, political and economic forces in operation, and the meaning and roles of community organizations.
  • Integrate the theoretical and practical knowledge formed through study and experience in the course.
  • The Context – The One
    • Chapter 1-Kuyek, Why This Book?
  • The Political
    • Chapter 2-Kuyek, Understanding Power-Over
    • The State and the Individual
  • Topics Under Consider
    • Migration - Refugees
    • Homelessness
    • Development and Peace
  • A New Community
    • Chapter 4-Kuyek, Transforming our Culture
  • New Ways of Doing Things
    • Chapter 5 Kuyek, Working Together
  • Taking on the Political
    • Chapter 16 Kuyek, Taking on the Bigger Picture
  • Pulling it Together
    • Chapter 12 Kuyek, Paying the Bills for Social Change
    • Chapter 17 Kuyek, Lessons Learned
  • Conclusion

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