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Village Earth

GSLL 1501 – Approaches to Community Development

Start Date

January 7, 2022

End Date

February 11, 2022

Registration Fee

January 4, 2022

Register Before

January 4, 2022

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About

This course provides a framework for community development based on a participatory, bottom-up, multi-sector model. Various approaches have been used in community development with varying degrees of success. One approach that has consistently demonstrated effectiveness is the Village Earth model based on participatory practices.

Through personal and structural empowerment, the objectives of economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and socio-cultural vitalization can be met. By looking at an overview of the entire development process and using case studies, this course will prepare participants to work in the field of community development and illuminate how all of the development efforts fit together to support the overall goal of sustainability.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Compare different development approaches and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Understand the basic principles that underlie sustainable development.
  • Incorporate participatory practices into community development activities
  • Design a development project based on the Village Earth model


Who should take this course? This course is suited for people who are interested in community development and work or plan to work in this field. This includes people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, governmental organizations, without border organizations, or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.

All required reading materials for the course are available online.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Instructor

John Straw, David Bartecchi

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