Technologies of community activation and development (231M – Social Work)

Type: Normative

Department: social pedagogy and social work




SemesterAmount of hoursLecturerGroup(s)
1112Stoliaryk Olha


SemesterAmount of hoursGroupTeacher(s)
1112Stoliaryk Olha

Course description

The course “Community activation and development technologies” is focused on the formation of theoretical knowledge and understanding of modern approaches to community development planning, local economic development, sustainable development, the use of innovative tools in planning and assessment of community needs, issues of strategic and spatial planning.

The course reveals the theoretical aspects and components of globalization in terms of local development and methods of using modern tools and practices of community development management, understanding the main trends and laws of public and local development. The content of the course is dedicated to understanding the process and technologies of activating the participation of citizens in the social life of their own community based on open, equal partnership between interested parties and joint decision-making; strengthening their influence on the processes of preparation, adoption and implementation of decisions that concern various spheres of society’s life, protection of civil, personal, social, cultural, environmental and other rights, coordinated and cohesive activities in their own interests, taking into account the needs of the community.

The goal of the course is for students to acquire knowledge of the theoretical and applied aspects of modern approaches to community development planning, local social, ecological and economic development in the conditions of global sustainable development, the use of innovative tools in planning and assessing community needs, issues of strategic and spatial planning, modern equipment practices participation of community members in local development, rational involvement of community assets and resources to improve well-being and well-being.

Course objectives:

  • Increasing knowledge about the process and technologies of intensification of citizens’ participation in the social life of their own community on the basis of an open, equal partnership between interested parties;
  • To form an understanding of strengthening the influence of the community on the processes of preparation, adoption and implementation of decisions related to the development of various spheres of society’s life;
  • To acquire knowledge about the protection of civil, personal, social, cultural, environmental and other rights, agreed cohesive activities in one’s own interests, taking into account the needs of the community;
  • . To form the skills of strategic planning of community development, activation and empowerment of community residents’ participation in social dialogue with local government.

Competencies and program learning outcomes (according to the educational program)

Integral competence:

IC The ability to solve complex specialized tasks and practical problems of professional activity, the learning process, which involves conducting research and applying certain theories, methods of social work, social-psychological rehabilitation, and scientific-research, scientific-pedagogical activity is characterized by the complexity and uncertainty of conditions and requirements .

General competences:

GC 1. Ability to abstract thinking, analysis and synthesis.

GC 6. The ability to show initiative and entrepreneurship.

GC 7. Ability to adapt and act in a new situation.

GC 8. The ability to generate new ideas (creativity).

GC 9. Skills of interpersonal interaction.

GC 10. Ability to work in a team.

Professional competences:

PC1. Ability to understand and use modern theories, methodologies and methods of social and other sciences, including methods of mathematical statistics and quantitative sociological methods, in relation to tasks of fundamental and applied research in the field of social work.

PC2. The ability to identify socially significant problems and factors for achieving social well-being of various population groups.

PC3. Ability to professionally diagnose, forecast, project and model social situations.

PC4. Ability to implement methods and technologies of innovative practice and management in the system of social work.

PC5. The ability to communicate with representatives of other professional groups of various levels (experts from other industries/types of economic activity), to establish interaction between state, public and commercial organizations on the basis of social partnership.

PC6. The ability to evaluate the process and result of professional activity and the quality of social services.

PC8. Ability for joint activity and group motivation, facilitation of group decision-making processes.

PC9. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and own conclusions to specialists and non-specialists.

PC10. The ability to show initiative and entrepreneurship to solve social problems through the implementation of social innovations

PC 18. The ability to understand and define the strategic goals of social development at the level of the community, the region, develop a strategic plan for the development of the community and promote the activation and consolidation of the efforts of community members to implement it.

Program learning outcomes:

PLO 1. Solve complex tasks and problems that require updating and integration of knowledge in conditions of incomplete/insufficient information and conflicting requirements.

PLO10. Analyze the social and individual context of the problems of the person, family, social group, community, formulate the purpose and tasks of social work, plan interventions in difficult and unpredictable circumstances in accordance with the values of social work.

PLO11. Organize the joint activities of specialists from various fields and non-professionals, prepare them to perform social work tasks, initiate team building and coordinate team work.

PLO17. Independently build and maintain purposeful, professional relationships with a wide range of people, representatives of various communities and organizations, argue, convince, conduct constructive negotiations, productive conversations, discussions, be tolerant of alternative opinions.

PLO18. Demonstrate a positive attitude towards one’s profession and comply with the ethical principles and standards of social work with one’s behavior.

PLO19. To carry out social and psychological rehabilitation practices for vulnerable groups of clients, to organize the provision of complex assistance, support, and integration into society.

PLO20. Determine the strategic goals of the social development of the community, the region, develop a community development plan and apply methods and techniques of activation and consolidation of community members for its implementation.

PLO 21. To implement the results of scientific research in practical activities.

Keywords Community, territorial community, social work, community activation, strategic planning, community empowerment, social dialogue, involvement, social capital

Prerequisites To study the course, students need basic knowledge of the disciplines “Management of social work”, “Non-state sector in the social sphere”, “Technologies of social design”, “Social technologies of community activation and development”, “Social, psychological, pedagogical work in the community”, “Introduction of integrated social services for vulnerable categories of the population in OTG”.

Educational methods and techniques that will be used when teaching the course Explanatory-illustrative, research, search (heuristic), problem presentation? educational material, interactive and methods of stimulating learning (conversation, brainstorming, discussion, work in pairs/groups, etc.), visual (presentations, emonstration of video materials), design (creating projects), work with educational and methodological literature.

Necessary equipment Multimedia projector, flip chart, markers, access to the Internet.

Academic Integrity: Project proposals prepared by Master’s students are expected to be a continuation of their practical work and to be original research or reasoning. Lack of references to used sources, fabrication of sources, plagiarism, unauthorized use of information from projects of other course participants are, but are not limited to, examples of possible academic dishonesty. The discovery of signs of academic dishonesty in a student’s work is a reason for its failure by the teacher, regardless of the scale of plagiarism or deception.

Attending classes is an important part of learning. All students are expected to attend all lectures and practical sessions of the course. Students must inform the teacher about the impossibility to attend classes. Students are required to adhere to all deadlines set for the completion of all types of work provided in the course.

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 points scored for completing all the tasks, for the prepared social project application and work as a project expert, as well as for the pitch presentation of the project idea are taken into account. At the same time, attendance at classes and student activity during practical classes must be taken into account; inadmissibility of absences and lateness to classes; using a mobile phone, tablet or other mobile devices during class for non-educational purposes; plagiarism and plagiarism; untimely performance of the assigned task, etc.

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

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