CSD501 provides an overview of key concepts and theories that are relevant to community and social development in global and local contexts, highlighting in this context the relationship between community leadership and social development. The course analyses how linkages between community leadership and social development take shape through interactions of development processes at micro, meso and macro levels. The analytical framework provided will enable students to compare and contrast case studies, policy options and development practices. Students will be introduced to various indices of social development that have been formulated for comparative analyses. The course will discuss the social, cultural, economic and political factors underlying these indices, as well as ethics, values, choices and priorities. Specific development practices will be analysed and evaluated, in relation to principles of sustainable development. Issues of governance and public accountability will also be discussed in relation to community leadership, social capital, social inclusion, social justice, and social cohesion. The course addresses the knowledge-practice-analysis feedback loop, focusing on why the local at micro and meso levels is important for the national/global issues of social development at macro levels.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July