RLS216 - Community Development and Empowerment

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Subject Title
Community Development and Empowerment

Subject Description
This course will explore how communities, organizations, and groups affect human behaviour and why an understanding of this will assist you in Recreation and Leisure. The course will present various theoretical frameworks to analyze communities, and establish community needs and assets; provide an overview of the community development process; and examine the organizational structure and key features of agencies serving the community.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Understand the history and importance of community development in the US and Canada.
2. Develop a basic understanding of the values, principles, and methods of community development.
3. Explain and apply the community development 10 step process.
4. Apply community development strategies for engaging community members.
5. Identify community development roles and agencies.
6. Understand the role of being a health promoter in community development activities and community collaboration and partnership while advocating for healthy communities.
7. Evaluate recreation, leisure and wellness programs and events for individuals, groups, and communities.
8. Assess how programs and events can be designed to meet assessed needs, interests, and abilities, based on available resources and best practices.
9. Outline community development strategies which engage citizens and community partners while advocating for healthy communities

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.