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This unit has been designed to extend understanding of the conceptual foundations and practical complexities of community profiling, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and strategic planning. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the key concepts, approaches, methods, complexities and issues in community profiling, ABCD and strategic planning within a community development framework.
Community development practitioners are required to assist communities to identify strengths, assets or needs and develop strategies for achieving desired objectives. Thus strategic planning and community profiling are central activities in community development programs. However, as will be discussed in this unit, there are a number of ways of approaching strategic planning and community profiling. Since the 1980s there have been changes in ways of responding to social issues and social problems in general. For example, there has been a shift away from the operational rationales underpinning the bureaucratic procedural methods of the traditional welfare state to a strong emphasis on flexible and diverse programs which are based on rigorous community profiling and strategic planning. This unit will examine the differing approaches to community profiling and strategic planning, theories of community needs, steps in undertaking a community profile or asset mapping exercise and a strategic plan using case-studies of good and bad practices.
One essay 2000 words 40% and one essay 3000 words 60%.
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