Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Education and Community Development
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment  Written assignment (3000 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Poster  Poster (a needs analysis of a chosen community and how best to improve community life through education)  30%
Semester Exam 6 Hours   Presentation  Presentation (verbal defense of the poster to be held in the examination period)  20%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment  All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the pass mark of 40%. Written assignment (3000 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Poster  All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the pass mark of 40%. (Different theme required)  30%
Supplementary Exam 6 Hours   Presentation  All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the pass mark of 40%.  20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of community, the principles of community development and evaluate the role education plays in community development.

Critically analyse ways community can be developed locally, nationally and internationally and evaluate the role of various organisations/stakeholders within this.

Evaluate the benefits of and barriers to participation of individuals and communities in community development.

Identify, critically evaluate and communicate examples of communities and potential areas for development.

Demonstrate critical engagement with relevant policies and source material.

Brief description

The module explores the role of education both for and within communities (locally, nationally and internationally). It introduces students to the principles of community development and gives an overview of the values, processes and intended outcomes of community development. It will consider marginalised, excluded and disadvantaged groups and how to consider how these groups can be encouraged to bring about social change and improve the quality of life via informal and formal education.


Increase the understanding of community development and the role of education within communities. Through lectures and further reading it will allow students to identify and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and improvements that could be made to a community to improve individuals' quality of life.


Sessions may be a combination of lectures, seminars or workshops and will include the following topics:
Session 1 - Principles and theories of community development
Session 2 - Reviewing approaches to community development: benefits and implications.
Session 3 - Supporting community development: the national and international policy context
Session 4 - The role of education and other individual/organisations in community development
Session 5 - Community-led practice: National and international examples of community development
Session 6 - Communities, education and achievement
Session 7 - Participation and exclusion in communities: an educational perspective
Session 8 - Sustainable practice
Session 9 - Community needs analysis
Session 10 - Community development in education? Community and the curriculum

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will be encouraged to use and interpret statistical information relating to subjects studies on the course.
Communication Through contribution to class discussion/and e-discussion via discussion forum, oral presentation skills and visual presentation skills.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through using tutor feedback on individual activities in class to develop written assignments and other forms of assessment. Through organization of own research and assignment work.
Information Technology Through use of students own and AU IT facilities for presentation of class and assessed work. Students will be encouraged to use resources provided on Blackboard.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will receive information about progression to other courses and opportunities for personal development, including membership of voluntary organisations and voluntary placements.
Problem solving Through critical evaluation of problems posed during the course, including relating course concepts to case studies. Students will also have to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a community to consider how to improve this through education.
Research skills Through finding information from the AU library and the internet to prepare for written and oral work.
Subject Specific Skills Students will gain a grounding in the key vocabulary and concepts of community development.
Team work Through contribution to group exercises and discussions.


This module is at CQFW Level 6