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Last update 29-09-2015
HU Credits: 4

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: glocal community development studies

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Aya Navon

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: By appointment

Teaching Staff:
Ms. Aya Navon

Course/Module description:
This course will provide students with a professional framework in community-based Development. Created specially for the "Glocal Community-Development" program, this course will complement the academic courses of the program by connecting theory to practice and preparing students for their internship and future careers in the field of Community-Development.

The course focuses on two seemingly contradictory yet complementary domains. The first emphasizes the ability to improvise, to "jump in" and skillfully engage in different aspects of development work, dealing with whatever comes up and doing whatever it takes to deal with constantly changing realities. Providing the essential "tool kit" includes resources such as: Community assessment, Fundraising or IT skills.
The second section emphasizes the ability to "step back" and reflect on the situation and our actions within it. Searching for new perspectives and alternatives, developing the flexibility needed in order to adjust to the ever-changing reality of development work. This will be done by focusing on skills such as reflective and complex thinking, dialog and cross-cultural skills and their connection to community empowerment and ownership.

Course/Module aims:
To enable students to become better community-development professionals by:
Exposing students to a variety of languages and perspectives relevant to development.
Allowing Students to use and reflect on a variety of professional tools, concepts and approaches.
Learning from past and present experience.
Acting Reflecting and moving on together.
4. Engaging and learning from the Israeli context.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Understand the main principles of participatory community development and the challenges in meeting them on ground.
Encounter diverse perspectives to development
Gain basic familiarity with the process of project planning and implementation
Be able to critically reflect on their role as professional development practitioners
Know how to develop an IT strategy
Know how to read, understand and create budgets

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: The course will be conducted as a series of workshops (08:30-12:30) combining theoretical perspectives and hands-on experience supplemented by full day field trips and a group practicum with organizations in Israel (Half a day a week).

Course/Module Content:
See detailed syllabus on Moodle

Required Reading:
See detailed syllabus on Moodle

Additional Reading Material:
See detailed syllabus on Moodle

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 25 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 50 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 25 %
Mini practicum

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.