Recommended Courses for Community Development M.S.

This is a complete list of courses recommended for the Community Development M.S. program. If you'd like to see which of these courses are currently open for registration, visit our courses page and select the "Programs" filter, then choose "Community Development M.S."

Core Courses (required for everyone):

C DEV 501X: Foundations to Community Development - 3 Cr. | Fall, Spring

This course will introduce students to on-line learning environments, create a community of practice using distance education technology, explore attributes of ethical practice within the field, and introduce students to job opportunities connected to the field of Community Development.

C DEV 503: Principles and Strategies of Community Change - 3 Cr. | Fall

This interdisciplinary course analyzes principles and practices of community change and development, beginning with definitions of community and the role of communities in social and economic change. Using case studies and the students' communities of reference, the course will relate Community Development approaches to conceptual models from diverse disciplines. Conceptual models include conflict, neo-classical economic growth, participatory democracy, and others. Students will be exposed to professional practice principles and will leave the course having constructed their personal framework for the practice of community development.

C DEV 505: Organizing for Community Change - 3 Cr. | Summer

This course will examine the role of civil society in community planning efforts and offer students a comparative approach to planning theories and approaches. It will also focus on change within communities and the roles of government, planners, and citizens in reacting to or shaping change. Students will have an opportunity to explore current issues related to planning and dealing with change by examining controversial practices such as covenants and land trusts, as well as by studying various community responses to change. Students will understand how citizens, firms and governments act to improve their community and region; the structure and implications of power; the relation between social relationships and economic activity; coalition building; concepts of inclusiveness (class, gender, ethnicity, geography) and voice; and conflict and its management in communities and regions. The course will cover dimensions of social capital and the context of change. Students will learn to use this knowledge to promote equitable change at the community and regional level. They will study the implications of economic and demographic shifts on strategies and tactics for change and explore various resources for supporting these efforts.

C DEV 504: Community Analysis (Introduction to Methods) - 3 Cr. | Spring

This course provides an introduction to research methods relevant to community development. Course topics include how to formulate and begin a research effort, methods of data collection and how conceptual frameworks are used to develop the questions and analyze data. Also included are strategies for reporting findings and applying findings in community action. The course will additionally look at methods of evaluating the entire research process. Significant attention is paid to issues of research ethics and inclusiveness throughout the course.

C DEV 502: Community and Natural Resource Management - 3 Cr. | Spring

The course will introduce students to the breadth of consideration involved in community resource management. Included in the course are theoretical frameworks, methodological investigation techniques, and applied practices to enhance the ability of community development professionals to work with their communities to plan, develop, and monitor the conversation and development of natural resources with multiple functions.

C DEV 506: Community and Regional Economic Analysis - 3 Cr. | Spring

A firm grounding in the reality of the local economy is necessary for successful programs in community economic development, as well as designing successful state and local policy and programs in economic development. The course introduces concepts of communities and regions, theories of economic growth, drivers of economic growth, the economic base of a community, sources of growth or decline in the community, roles of local government and institutions, analytical tools, and strategies for local economic development.

Elective Courses:

Elective courses for the Community Development M.S. program can be found here

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