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Archived Version 2014 - 2015

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will explore the opportunities and challenges facing those working, often on a voluntary basis, to build community in contemporary, multicultural, Ireland. The module will analyse these challenges and opportunities in the context of contemporary international experience and within the context of the historical evolution of community structures in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of contemporary community structures, their historical evolution and their significance for community and individual development.
2. Deploy enhanced communication skills, both written and oral.
3. Reflect on their own experience of community, the Christian heritage and the changing face of Irish community.
4. Analyse the problems which face, and identify the opportunities available to communities in contemporary Ireland.
5. Contribute more effectively to building practical community structures while respecting diversity, promoting inclusion, and fostering solidarity.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Hilary Tovey and Perry Share: 2003, A Sociology of Ireland, 2nd edn,
  • Zymunt Bauman: 2001, Community: Seeking Safety in an Insecure World, Polity Press, Cambridge,
  • Maria Harris: 1989, Fashion Me A People: Curriculum in the Church, Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville,
  • Anne Hope and Sally Timmel: 1984, Training for Transformation: A Handbook for Community Workers, Mambo Press, Zimbabwe,
  • Loughlan Sofield, Rosine Hammett and Juliano Carroll: 1998, Building Community: Christian, Caring, Vital, Ave Maria Press, Indiana,
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