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A course examining ideas of what we mean by community, its relevance as an organizing concept and the role of conflict. The course considers our roles as activists, organizers or change agents, and the situation of the organizations or institutions in which we work or are involved.

We also think about the idea of community analysis, a systematic study of our immediate environment - the community, neighbourhood or town in which we live or work.

Topics

  • How do you respond to conflict? Can you see a positive role for conflict, or is it necessarily destructive?
  • How might personal experience shape your understanding of values?
  • Understanding your community in a more systematic way.
  • Basic tools of action-research.
  • The culture of silence - what it means, how it operates.
  • The key change agents - who are they, and how are they developed?
  • Making the connections: analysis and strategy.
  • The organizing process and methods.
  • Freire and community work: limitations of traditional approaches.


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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Quick Start

    • Welcome and Introduction

    • Course Syllabus

    • Tasks and Assignments

  • 2

    Introduction: The Culture of Silence

    • Seminar: The Culture of Silence

    • Key Learning (CO4201-01)

    • Social Analysis (W2-01)

  • 3

    The Educator and the Organizer

    • Seminar: The Educator and the Organizer

    • Key Learning Exercise (CO4201-02)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W2-02)

  • 4

    Conflict-Confrontation

    • Seminar: Conflict-Confrontation

    • Key Learning Exercise (CO4201-03)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W2-03)

  • 5

    Transformative Practice

    • Seminar: Transformative Practice

    • Key Learning Exercise (CO4201-04)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W2-04)

  • 6

    Thematic Investigation

    • Seminar: Thematic Investigation

    • Key Learning Exercise (CO4201-05)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W2-05)

  • 7

    Research Methods

    • Seminar: Research Methods

    • Key Learning Exercise (CO4201-06)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W2-06)

  • 8

    Social Analysis

    • Seminar: Social Analysis

    • Key Learning Exercise (CO4201-07)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W2-07)

  • 9

    Empowering Marginalized Communities

    • Seminar: Empowering Marginalized Communities

    • Key Learning Exercise (CO4201-08)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W2-08)

  • 10

    Freire and Community Work

    • Seminar: Freire and Community Work

    • Key Learning Exercise (CO4201-09)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W2-09)

  • 11

    Social Action, Political Action

    • Seminar: Thematic Investigation

    • Key Learning Exercise (CO4201-10)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W2-10)

  • 12

    Conclusion: Making the Connections

    • Seminar: Making the Connections

  • 13

    Course Completion

    • Assignment 1: Learning Journal

    • Assignment 2: Social Analysis Workbook

    • Assignment 3: Essay