|Short Title:||Community Studies|
|Full Title:||Community Studies|
|Field of Study:||Basic / broad general programmes*|
|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
|On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
||Identify definitions of community, community work and youth work.
||Classify the type of work done by community and youth workers.
||Outline the kinds of knowledge, skills, training and expertise is required to be an effective community worker.
||Outline types of community initiatives and projects.
||Determine they ways that community workers can contribute meaningfully to community initiatives and projects.
||Evaluate the impact of community workers’ contributions on projects and on local communities.
|No Co-requisite modules listed|
Module Content & Assessment
|Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change)
Definitions of CommunityWhat 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.
Work done by community workers and youth workersResearch, development, delivery and evaluation of community projects.
Networking and relationship building with individuals and groups within the community.
Dealing with planning authorities.
Community InitiativesHow to run a community project.
Setting aims and objectives.
Forming networks and relationships.
Methodologies and strategies.
Publicity and media.
Impact of Community Projects on CommunitiesEffects & 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”.
|End of Module Formal Examination||50.00%|
||% of total
|End of Module Formal Examination|
||% of total
||End-of-Semester Final 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
|Workload: Full Time
||Average Weekly Learner Workload
|Independent Learning Time
|Total Weekly Learner Workload
|Total Weekly Contact Hours
|This module has no Part Time workload.|
|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)
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