This unit critically reviews a variety of contemporary community development perspectives. The focus is upon understanding the context of international social, economic and political development. Students will critique how they understand their own positionality and how their views have been shaped by the dominant economic paradigm. The unit focuses also on various development frameworks and their approaches to environmental sustainability, equality and human rights. Further, the unit engages learners in a self-critique as global actors in development and social change. Students interrogate practices in poverty reduction, marginalisation, community organisation and conscientisation, to develop clarity of their own praxis.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Students will be provided with a reading list via VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):