ES6005: Community Development and Education: Theory

ES6005: Community Development and Education: Theory

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Community Development and Education: Theory
Module Code ES6005
Module Tutor Shaun Stammers
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module aims to explore notions of community, its links to identity and its role in contemporary society. It will identify local examples and consider ways in which they can be supported, developed and link with each other. It will consider marginalised, excluded and disadvantaged groups and how to support engagement. It will analyse notions of structure and agency and ways to instigate change and consider the potential input of interventions such as informal and non-formal education. In addition it will consider the theory of community development and education in the community and factors involved in project work.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:


concepts of community;

purpose and characteristics of community;

examples of community;

ways communities develop and can be developed;

 role of educationalists, community workers, youth workers and other agencies in developing community;

disadvantage, disengagement, marginalisation and notions of inclusion;

theory and practice of community education and development;

community profiling and needs analysis;

project planning and evaluating;

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:


1. Demonstrate an understanding of community and its characteristics, and its role and function within society;

2. Critically analyse ways community can be developed and evaluate the role of various agencies in helping it do so;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of marginalised, disadvantaged and disengaged groups and relative notions of inclusion and exclusion;

4. Analyse theories relating to community education and development;

5. Describe processes behind community education and development and the rationale behind them;

6. Identify and define examples of local communities and potential areas for development.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2000 Words.
002: 50% Portfolio: 2000 Words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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