CMT2400 Intro to International Community Development

Course Overview

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits

Course Description:

An overview of theory, research and action in international community development. Students will learn about both industrialized and less developed countries in various parts of the world in their assignments. The course helps students understand the processes and dimensions of human and community development work.

How This Course Benefits Students:

A major goal of this course is to prepare students for work in the complex field of community development occurring in cross-cultural settings, and in organizations characterized by diversity, or in institutional contexts that serve a culturally diverse multinational or immigrant clientele.

Why This Course Is Important:

Unequal distribution of power and economic resources are important issues we face in our world today. The cause and effect of the inequalities that have been produced within unequal power dynamics are important to be able to identify and respond to at a heightened level of understanding and compassion. As one better understands the context and impacts of these imbalances within the country they are engaged, they can better identify with and value those individuals within those circumstances, while diminishing the possibility to other those of different cultures and contexts. This course extends the opportunity to analyze and assimilate insights into international community development as a dynamic process by which disadvantaged people develop capacity to help improve and control their lives in the midst of uneven controls.