Short Title:Community Studies
Full Title:Community Studies
Module Code:COMS H4001
 
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:DAVID IRWIN
Module Author:ANNE-MARIE SHIER
Module Description:To introduce students to the concept of Community and to assess the various groups that make up Irish communities To assess the type of community work that is carried out by professionals To consider the impact that community work can have on communities
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify definitions of community, community work and youth work.
LO2 Classify the type of work done by community and youth workers.
LO3 Outline the kinds of knowledge, skills, training and expertise is required to be an effective community worker.
LO4 Outline types of community initiatives and projects.
LO5 Determine they ways that community workers can contribute meaningfully to community initiatives and projects.
LO6 Evaluate the impact of community workers’ contributions on projects and on local communities.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Definitions of Community
What are communities? Who lives in them? Rural and urban communities, Community integration v/s isolation/marginalisation, Community supports and resources, Community systems & structures – education, childcare, health etc.
25.00%
Work done by community workers and youth workers
Research, development, delivery and evaluation of community projects. Networking and relationship building with individuals and groups within the community. Dealing with planning authorities. Conflict resolution.
25.00%
Community Initiatives
How to run a community project. Setting aims and objectives. Forming networks and relationships. Identifying resources. Financial responsibility. Corporate governance. Project management. Methodologies and strategies. Publicity and media. Sustainability.
25.00%
Impact of Community Projects on Communities
Effects & positive change. Barriers to success. How to overcome barriers. The community worker’s role over time – boundary management, professionalism, empowering the community, making oneself “redundant”.
25.00%
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment n/a 4,5,6 50.00 Week 3
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Catherine Forde, Elizabeth Kiely & Rosie Meade 2009, Youth and Community Work in Ireland: Critical Perspectives, Blackhall Publishing [ISBN: 9781842181737]
  • Citizens Information Board 2005, Report on the Scheme of Community Support for Older People, CIB
  • edited by John C. Coleman and Chris Warren-Adamson, Youth policy in the 1990s [ISBN: 0415058368]
  • Jeremy Roche (Editor), Stan Tucker (Editor), Ronny Flynn (Editor), Rachel Thomson (Editor), Youth in Society: Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice [ISBN: 1412900247]
Recommended Book Resources
  • CIB 2007, Report on Housing Needs of People with Disabilities, CIB
  • CIB 2006, Employment Rights From Information to Redress: A Social Policy Report, CIB
  • CIB 2007, Entitlements for Over Sixties, CIB
  • CIB 2008, Entitlements for People with Disabilities, CIB
  • Crickley, A. and M. Devlin 1990, ‘Community Work in the Eighties-An Overview’. In Community Work in Ireland: Trends in the 80s, Options for the 90s., Combat Poverty Agency Dublin
  • Kevin Lalor, Maurice Devlin and Áine de Róiste 2007, Young People in Contemporary Ireland, Gill & Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717142118]
  • CWC, Irish Journal of Community Work, CWC Ireland
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • CIB 2008, n/a, Relate
  • CIB 2008, n/a, Voice: Influencing Social Policy
  • 2005, Family Matters Ten Years On: A Social Policy Report
  • CIB 2007, Advocacy Guidelines (revised edition)
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 8 Mandatory