Course Description

There is almost a natural desire that people have towards improvement. They want to make themselves better, they want their lives to be better, and they want their communities to be better. Whatever ideal they have for any facet of their lives is going to influence the actions that they take to try and make it a reality. However, there are significant factors involved that can cause them to succeed or fail in equal measure. In many cases, they simply do not know how to make things better for themselves and others in a way that will actually work.

For many who want to make improvements to their surroundings, for whatever reason, the best way to do it is through community development. Primarily used as a means of reducing poverty in society for decades, community development is a process where problems that are impeding the lives of community members can be addressed and solutions found. It's used across the world in communities of all shapes and sizes to treat problems of equal variety. There are virtually no limits to its usage, and community leaders can implement and guide the process on their own with the assistance of community members.

This course is designed to address the community development process in full and to act as a resource for those who want to use it to better themselves. Some of the topics up for discussion will include the history and future of community development, the strategies that communities can use, and what factors impact the process. All of the information in this course can be applied in more ways than one to improve your community. Take the initiative today! 

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: What is Community Development?

This lesson will explore the basics of community development that eventually will tie into the rest of the course. Additional lesson topics: Introduction to Community Development: Theory, Practice, and Service-Learning; What is COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT? What does COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT mean?; Planning and Community Development: A Guide for the 21st Century 51 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: What is your goal for taking this course?
  • Assessment: Quiz 1

Lesson 2: America's History of Community Development

This lesson will address the long and varied history of community development. It will focus on the process' history in the United States rather than its lifetime around the globe. Additional lesson topics: Community Development Story; Community Development in America: A Brief History pdf ; The Past, Present, and Future of Community Development in the United States 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 2

Lesson 3: The Key Principles of Community Development

This lesson will look at those key principles that feed into the structural design of community development. Additional lesson topics: Values and Principles of Community Development; Empowering Lives through Community Development 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 3

Lesson 4: The Role of Community-Based Organizations

This lesson will explore community-based organizations and what they can do for those going through the community development process. Additional lesson topics: CBO Organizations; Organization Types and Subtypes 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 4

Lesson 5: The Value for Community Members

This lesson will explore some of the major ways that community development can be of value and be beneficial for community members. Additional lesson topics: Transformative Community Planning: Empowerment Through Community Development; Sound Community Planning Process Based on Six Steps 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 5

Lesson 6: The Community Development Process

This lesson will look at the community development process and the basic steps that a community should consider. Additional lesson topics: Session Several Community Development Process 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 6

Lesson 7: Strategic Factors of Community Development

This lesson will further explore the strategic factors of community development and what they can do. Additional lesson topics: Strategic Factors for Building Community: The Five Cs Article; In Print: Strategic Factors for Building Community 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 7

Lesson 8: Community Development and Crime

This lesson will further explore the relationship between community development and crime. Additional lesson topics: Crime and Community Development; The Role of Government: Promoting Development or Getting Out of the Way 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 8

Lesson 9: Government and Community Development

This lesson will explore the role that government plays in community development and the circumstances that prompt its involvement. Additional lesson topics: HUD.GOV; The Importance of Public Administration in Community Development Scholarship and Practice 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 9

Lesson 10: Community Development Approaches

This lesson will explore some of the standard community development approaches that are used today. Additional lesson topics: Community Development Approaches; Resources of Community Development; Community Development Evaluation Research 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 10

Lesson 11: Disasters and Community Development

This lesson will explore the relationship between disasters and community development. Additional lesson topics: Community Development after Disaster Strikes; Why Community Engagement Matters; How to step up in the face of disaster 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 11

Lesson 12: Engagement and Community Development

This lesson will look at the role that the members of the community have in community development. Additional lesson topics: What is community engagement, exactly?; Types of community engagement 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 12

Lesson 13: Sustainability and Community Development

This lesson will look at sustainability and what it can mean for communities when it is instigated through the community development process. Additional lesson topics: What is Sustainable Community Development?; American Public Garden Association: Sustainable Community Development; Sustainable community development in the digital age: 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 13

Lesson 14: Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

This lesson will discuss CDCs and their relation to community development. Additional lesson topics: Community Development Corporations CDCs ; Why Start a Community Development Corporation 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 14

Lesson 15: The Future of Community Development

This final lesson will look at the future of community development and what it may hold. 395 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Quiz 15
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
1086
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what community development is and why it's important.
  • Describe america's history of community development.
  • Define the key principles of community development.
  • Describe the role of community-based organizations.
  • Determine the community development process.
  • Summarize the strategic factors of community development.
  • Describe the government role and community development.
  • Describe engagement and community development.
  • Summarize sustainability and community development.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Community Development 101
Course Number: 9770498
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (908 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Author: Theresa Smith
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $80.00 U.S. dollars

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