POLI07004 2017 Community Development & Local Government

General Details

Full Title
Community Development & Local Government
Transcript Title
80 %
Subject Area
POLI - Policy Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sinead Barrins
Programme Membership
SG_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_HJOIN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_HJOIN_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics

This module will explore the principles of community development, incorporating both its economic, political, social and cultural contexts and the philosophies and practices that underpin it. On one hand community development can be described as collective engagement, a process of bringing people together to achieve a common goal, on the other hand it can be described as a force for empowerment, encouraging shared capacity building, enhancing social capital and developing structures of participative governance. This module will introduce the principles and practices and provide students with an understanding of contemporary debates in community development.

The module also addresses questions around the role of local government in Ireland today, its policy development and administrative duties and explores the dynamic between the forces of representative and participative democracy at a local level.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify and discuss the key values and theoretical perspectives that underpin community development practice.


Examine the historical development of community development within the Irish context and identify key contemporary topics with the community development sector.


Appraise the role of local government in Ireland today.


Critically reflect on the contribution of community development practices to local communities, the enhancement of social capital and to wider civil society.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and learning strategies will include principles of UDL, incorporating role play, case studies, group discussion, small group activities, class field trip with the supports of the IT’s VLE.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy will consist of a Community profile, this can be area or identity-based. This Profile is designed to apply community work theory and to develop work skills such as data gathering, analysis, networking and collaboration.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be developed based on failed components.

Indicative Syllabus

Defining Community Development: What is a community? What do we mean by the terms community development, community action?

The historical evolution of community development with a particular focus on its emergence within an Irish socio-political, economic and cultural context.

The principles and practices underpinning community development work will be explored. Case studies will be used to examine national and international best practice. An examination of the role of community development in addressing issues of inequality and its important contribution to social capital

The Processes V Outcomes Approach within the community development process.

Politics at a local level: the competing roles of participative and representative democracy in local level governance.

Local Government Reform: The specific role of local government in policy development and public administration in Ireland.

The role of the Community and Voluntary sector, the wider civil society and its contribution to policy development, growing professionalism, advocacy and the role of social partnership.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Community Profile Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % Week 12 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Jackson, A. & O’Doherty, C. (2012) Community Development in Ireland: Theory, Policy & Practice. Gill & MacMillan: Dublin.

Ledwith, M. (2011) Community Development: A Critical Approach (2nd.ed). Polity Press: Bristol.

Powell, F. & Geoghegan (2004) The Politics of Community Development: Reclaiming Civil Society or Reinventing Governance. A & A Farmar: Dublin.

Twelvetrees, A. (2008) Community Work. Palgrave Macmillan: UK

Hawtin, M. & Percy-Smith, J. (2007) Community Profiling: A Practical Guide. Open University Press: Maidenhead, England.

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