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Conflict Resolution an Essential Community Development Skill

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Conflict resolution skills will be beneficial at some point in any community development project.  Whether it be resolving disputes between community groups or between the community and outside forces, facilitating a dispute resolution process that is culturally-sensitive will lead to a more sustainable and successful community development process.  However, not many field workers and development practitioners have the necessary skills in community mediation, facilitation, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, conflict transformation and even conflict transcendence.  Our online course Community-Driven Dispute Resolution will equip participants with the skills and resources they need to resolve community disputes.  The course instructor, Lee Scharf, has decades of experience working in marginalized communities and culturally-sensitive contexts.  This course has received great reviews from past students and is a highly recommended addition to the Community Development Online Certificate program. Now registering for Community-Driven Dispute Resolution through March 10.  Course runs March 15 – April 19, 2013.

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Fall I Session

GSLL 1509 – Development and the Politics of Empowerment

Through a careful investigation of the historical applications of development, we will explore the idea that development is an inherently political process and challenge the claim that any development NGO is apolitical. Additionally, we will strive to identify successful methods of community empowerment through political organization.

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Summer II Session

GSLL 1510 – Community-Based Mapping

This course explores theories, ethics, applications, and methods of community-based mapping and its role in participatory learning and action as well as larger processes of integrated community-based development.

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