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Introduction to Community Development & Leadership

This course is facilitated by Barbara Cullinan, an experienced training and development officer. An Introduction to Community Development will look at topics including what is community development, what is the difference between doing something for the community and with the community with a focus on models of participation and leadership styles. Specific tools used by community development practitioners will be outlined.

By the end of this course you will have a better understanding of the theory of community development and how to apply this when working with communities as a development practitioner and as a leader.

This course is extremely flexible. There are five segments that include video presentations which are are between 15 minutes and 1 hour long. Each segment requires additional time for exercises and reflection. The total amount of time required to complete this course is 6-10 hours depending on your level of engagement with the material.

Please watch the introduction video below. This video will show you in a step by step guide on how best to navigate your course. It also provides you with information on how best to take part in discussion forums and how to contact our helpdesk.

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to Community Development
  • Section 11 7d
  • Intro (With CC)
  • Section 1
  • What is Community?
  • Discussion Forum: What is community?
  • Section 10 14d
  • What is Community? (With CC)
  • Section 2
  • What is Development?
  • Paulo Freire
  • Discussion Forum: Paulo Freire; Education either domesticates or liberates us
  • Section 9 21d
  • What is Development? (With CC)
  • Paulo Freire (With CC)
  • Section 3
  • Listening
  • Discussion Forum: Listening
  • Section 4
  • Leadership
  • Discussion Forum: Leadership
  • Section 8 28d
  • Leadership (With CC)
  • Additional Resources
  • Recommended Readings and Online Resources
  • Final Section
  • Evaluation Survey
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever