Community Economic Development
|Lecture hours per week||3|
|Lab hours per week|
This course provides students with an analysis of the social and economic context of the practice of CD, as it strives to strengthen local communities, build strategic partnerships and address ethical issues in both governmental & non-profit sectors. Students will investigate wealth distribution, poverty and job creation as key aspects in the process of community economic development. An emphasis on the collective empowerment process as a means to achieve social justice goals will be examined from a range of perspectives.
This course focuses heavily on the realities facing the CD practitioner, particularly as related to local growth and development in the community and ways to encourage the best use of community resources. Asset based community development will be examined along with topics such as community asset mapping, human capital, local labour market analysis, and the business of social justice. In addition, an exploration of mobilizing social capital and its effect on local economic development will be included in the course. Recognition of potential conflicts of interest and the application of ethical rules and principles in the practice of CED will be discussed.
Course Learning Outcomes