Social technologies of community development (231B – Social work)

Type: Normative

Department: social pedagogy and social work




SemesterAmount of hoursLecturerGroup(s)
728Stoliaryk Olha


SemesterAmount of hoursGroupTeacher(s)
728Stoliaryk Olha

Course description

The discipline “Social technologies of community development” is a normative discipline from the specialty 231 Social work for the educational program “Social pedagogy”, which is taught in the 7th semester in the amount of 3 credits (according to the European Credit Transfer System ECTS).

The purpose of the normative educational discipline “Social technologies of community development” is to form students’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the implementation of social technologies for the development and activation of territorial communities of various types, understanding the role of community participation in the process of forming social capital and in the context of the concept of sustainable development, defining mechanisms provision and support of community initiatives and development of cooperation of residents with local self-government bodies, government and business representatives in the framework of implementation of social initiatives and improvement of the quality of life of the community, development of its capacity.

Course tasks:

  • acquisition of theoretical knowledge regarding scientific approaches to understanding the concept of “community”, types of community, its features, conditions of development and understanding of theories and models of social work in the community;
  • arming with theoretical knowledge and practical skills on the implementation and application of social technologies for the development of territorial communities of various types;
  • understanding the role of community participation in the process of forming social capital and raising the standard of living of the community, developing the capacity of the community, its ability to meet the needs of its members;
  • study of the methodology of assessment and prioritization of the needs of different social groups of the community;
  • knowledge of the stages of development and activation of communities, the conditions for establishing intersectoral interaction and partnership in matters of social development of the community;
    motivating community members for participation, activity, initiative and changes in order to improve the community’s quality of life.

Scope of the course:

90 hours of classroom lessons. Of them, 14 hours of lectures, 14 hours of practical classes and 62 hours of independent work (for full-time students).

90 hours. Of them, 8 hours of lectures, 12 hours of practical classes and 70 hours of independent work (for correspondence students).

Acquired competencies and program learning outcomes:

Integral competence (IC):
IС. The ability to solve complex specialized tasks and practical problems in the field of professional activity or in the learning process, which involves the application of certain theories and methods of social work and is characterized by the complexity and uncertainty of conditions.

General competences (CG):
CG1. The ability to realize one’s rights and responsibilities as a member of society, to realize the values of a civil (free democratic) society and the need for its sustainable development, the rule of law, the rights and freedoms of a person and a citizen in Ukraine.
CG2. The ability to preserve and multiply moral, cultural, scientific values and achievements of society based on understanding the history and patterns of development of the subject area, its place in the general system of knowledge about nature and society and in the development of society, technology and technologies, to use various types and forms of motor activity for active recreation and leading a healthy lifestyle.
CG3. Ability to abstract thinking, analysis and synthesis.
CG4. Ability to apply knowledge in practical situations.
CG5. Knowledge and understanding of the subject area and understanding of professional activity.
CG6. Ability to learn and master modern knowledge.
CG10. Ability to search, process and analyze information from various sources.
CG11. Ability to identify, pose and solve problems.
CG12. Ability to make informed decisions.
CG13. Ability to motivate people and move towards a common goal
CG14. Determination and persistence in relation to assigned tasks and assumed responsibilities.
CG15. The ability to act socially responsibly and consciously.

Professional competences (PC):
PC1. Knowledge and understanding of the essence, meaning and types of social work and its main directions (psychological, socio-pedagogical, legal, economic, medical).
PC2. The ability to predict the course of various social processes.
PC3. Knowledge and understanding of the legal framework regarding social work and social security.
PC4. The ability to analyze socio-psychological phenomena, processes of formation, development and socialization of an individual, development of a social group and community.
PC5. The ability to identify, social inspect and assess the needs of vulnerable categories of citizens, including those who find themselves in difficult life circumstances.
PC6. Knowledge and understanding of the organization and functioning of the system of social protection and social services.
PC8. Ability to apply modern experimental methods of working with social objects in field and laboratory conditions.
PC9. Ability to assess social problems, needs, characteristics and resources of clients.
PC10. The ability to develop ways to overcome social problems and find effective methods of solving them.
PC11. Ability to provide assistance and support to clients, taking into account their individual needs, age differences, gender, ethnicity and other characteristics.
PC12. The ability to initiate social changes aimed at improving social well-being.
PC13. Ability to develop and implement social projects and programs.
PC15. Ability to interact with clients, representatives of various professional groups and communities.
PC20. Ability to promote welfare and social protection of individuals, provide social assistance and provide support to those who are in difficult life circumstances.

Program learning outcomes (PLO):
PLO1. Search, analyze and synthesize information from various sources to solve professional problems and establish cause-and-effect relationships between social events and phenomena.
PLO3. Identify, formulate and solve tasks in the field of social work, integrate theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
PLO4. Formulate one’s own reasoned judgments based on the analysis of a social problem.
PLO5. Theoretically argue ways to overcome problems and difficult life circumstances, choose effective methods of solving them, predict consequences.
PLO6. Develop long-term and current plans, programs of events, promptly make effective decisions in difficult situations.
PLO8. Critically analyze and evaluate the current social policy of the country, socio-political processes at the national, regional and local levels.
PLO9. Use relevant scientific research and apply research professional skills in the course of providing social assistance.
PLO10. Analyze social and psychological processes in small and large groups.
PLO11. Use prevention methods to prevent possible deviations in mental development, behavioral disorders, interpersonal relationships, to resolve conflicts, prevent social risks and difficult life circumstances.
PLO12. Determine the content of cooperation with partner organizations in social work for the fulfillment of professional tasks.
PLO13. Use methods of social diagnostics in the process of assessing problems, needs, specific features and resources of clients.
PLO14. Independently determine the circumstances that need to be clarified

Keywords: Social technologies, community activation, development, empowerment, social work in the community, community participation, leadership, social capital, local self-government

Keywords: Social technologies, community activation, development, empowerment, social work in the community, community participation, leadership, social capital, local self-government

To study the course, students need basic knowledge of the disciplines “Introduction to the specialty”, “Theories of social work”, “Deontology of social work”, “Technologies of social work in Ukraine and the world”.

Educational methods:

Explanatory and illustrative, research, search (heuristic), problem presentation of educational material, interactive and methods of stimulating learning (conversation, brainstorming, discussion, work in pairs/groups, etc.), visual (presentations, demonstration of video materials), design (creating projects) , work with educational and methodical literature.

Academic Integrity: The independent work assignments for each topic completed by graduate students are expected to be their original thinking. Failure to cite used sources, fabrication of sources, plagiarism, interference with the work of other applicants are, but are not limited to, examples of possible academic dishonesty. The discovery of signs of academic dishonesty in the applicant’s written work is a reason for the teacher not to credit it, regardless of the scale of plagiarism or deception.

Attending classes is an important component of learning. In any case, students of higher education are obliged to comply with all the deadlines for completing the planned types of educational work and two colloquiums.

Literature. All literature that students cannot find on their own will be provided by the teacher for educational purposes only, without the right to transfer it to third parties. Students are also encouraged to use other literature and sources that are not among the recommended ones.

Scoring policy. The assimilation of theoretical material from the academic discipline by students of higher education is checked through an oral survey, ongoing programmed control of knowledge, assessment of the ability to analyze problem situations by solving practical tasks. At the same time, the following must be taken into account: attendance at classes and activity of the student of higher education during the seminar class; using a mobile phone, tablet or other mobile devices during class for non-educational purposes; plagiarism and plagiarism; untimely performance of the assigned task. The final semester grade is defined as the sum of points from all planned types of academic work and assessment.

Any form of breach of academic integrity will not be tolerated.

Recommended Literature

Basic educational literature

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Supporting literature and information resources

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