Humber’s Bachelor of Community Development degree program offers a unique blend of theory and practice-based experience. Students learn how to work effectively in communities, how to build capacity for change, lead projects and advocate for people who face barriers to living a full and productive life.
The first year of the program is comprised of a common platform of courses that includes psychology, sociology, human rights, interpersonal communication, counselling and ethics. The second year of study immerses students in the field of community development including foundational courses which explore leadership and advocacy. The final two years of the program provide in-depth study of program development and evaluation, advanced issues in community development, social movements, community participatory research, and senior thesis work. Project work is linked to applied and academic fields.
Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Compare and contrast different historical and contemporary approaches, theory, values and methods of community work.
Investigate psycho/social, economic and political theory underpinning community work.
Analyze social structures that marginalize people by race, gender, class, sexual orientation and ability.
Analyze community strengths, assets, complexities and resources from an empowerment perspective.
Analyze root causes of community problems and select appropriate intervention strategies for change.
Evaluate gaps in services and resources within communities applying participatory research methods that involve community members.
Compose, present and evaluate action plans with measurable outcomes tied to empowerment evaluation methodology.
Critique legislation and social policies and create alternative viewpoints that support communities in positive ways.
Advocate on behalf of communities arguing for change that focuses on identified community needs.
Devise organizational structures that support and enable community action plans to be implemented successfully.
Formulate, implement and evaluate plans to access sustainable resources and concrete benefits for communities.
Critique community development literature and cases to determine best practices in the field.
Network with community members and organizations to mobilize citizens and develop allies for the change process.
Facilitate communities through training, education and social learning to build capacity, create leaders and engage human resources.
Apply interpersonal and group skills to plan and facilitate discussions that build collaborative relationships and community partnerships.
Acknowledge the limits of knowledge in the field of community development through academic writing and professional practices in working with others from diverse disciplines to provide holistic services to communities.
Practice leadership and adult education principles to contribute to approaches to community development that result in social justice.
Deliver professional services based on ethical guidelines and empowerment centred values within the scope of practice.
Manage own self-care and ongoing professional development plan using self-reflection and community feedback to target areas for skills, knowledge and attitude growth.
Students will participate in one mandatory 14-week work placement. The placement may be in a social service, community, educational or non-profit organization where students will have an opportunity to work in the community development field. During their work placement, students may have a variety of responsibilities including assessment, research-based work, working directly with community groups and individuals, as well as supporting community workers, educators and/or social science professionals.
Students also have the option to gain cross-cultural knowledge and experience by completing this placement abroad. Students can put theory into practice and directly engage with communities across the globe that will benefit from community development work.
You’ll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.
There is a need for educated community development professionals in a variety of community and social service organizations. Graduates may find good employment prospects within a variety of settings including non-profit organizations, government organizations, charities, as well as health and education sectors.
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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.