Graduate Certificate - Community Development

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Course Information
Organizing for Community Change

Course Description
Students examine the role of civil society in community planning efforts and study the comparative approach to planning theories and approaches. Course content focuses on change within communities and the roles of government, planners, and citizens in reacting to or shaping change. Students explore current issues concerning planning and dealing with change by considering controversial practices such as covenants and land trusts, and students look at community responses to change. Students also study structure and implications of power, connections between social relationships and economic activity, and coalition building.
Contacts
Instructor

Candace May
Office: 605-688-4084
candace.may@sdstate.edu

Campus Coordinator

For course access questions, contact the teaching university’s campus coordinator. For enrollment questions, contact your home university campus coordinator.
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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.


Textbooks

Tools for Radical Democracy: How to Organize for Power in Your Community
Minieri, Joan, Paul Getsos, and Kim Klein
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 9780787997403
Publisher: Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishing

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart
Garza, Alicia
Edition: 2021
ISBN: 9780525509707
Publisher: Penguin-Random House


Course Access
 
Approximately 2-3 weeks before the first day of class, the SDSU campus coordinator, Sarah (Heewon) Kim, will email course access information to visiting students. 
 
Your username and password for D2L will be the same when you first log in. For example, if your name is MaryJo McCullough, then your username will be MaryJo.McCullough and your password will be MaryJo.McCullough. Usernames and passwords are case sensitive and you will be required to change your password once you have logged in.
 
If you have trouble completing any of the steps above, forget your password, or have any questions, please contact the SDState Support Desk at 605-688-6776 for assistance.

Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Janice Santiago is a graduate student in the family and community services program.I was looking for the education I needed to take the next step in my career to a program director or executive director.  I spent a lot of time searching for a university and degree that matched my education in community organizing and advocacy and aligned with my interest in families and community services and supports.  Finding GP IDEA and reading about the courses and career tracks of those who earned the MA in Family & Community Services, I knew right away that this was the degree and program for me. It has lived up to all I had hoped!

As a single mother who works full-time and is raising a son with Autism, and is a member of the sandwich generation taking care of family elders, everything about this program from the courses, schedules, available resources, support of peers and professors have made this the best possible learning experience I could have asked for.  

– – Janice Santiago, Family and Community Services Student,
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