Community Organizing

Communities and Conflict

A course examining ideas of what we mean by community, its relevance as an organizing concept and the role of conflict

Communities and Conflict

A course examining ideas of what we mean by community, its relevance as an organizing concept and the role of conflict. The course considers our roles as activists, organizers or change agents, and the situation of the organizations or institutions in which we work or are involved.

We also think about the idea of community analysis, a systematic study of our immediate environment - the community, neighbourhood or town in which we live or work.

Topics

  • How do you respond to conflict? Can you see a positive role for conflict, or is it necessarily destructive?
  • How might personal experience shape your understanding of values?
  • Understanding your community in a more systematic way
  • Basic tools of action-research
  • The culture of silence - what it means, how it operates
  • The key change agents - who are they, and how are they developed?
  • Making the connections: analysis and strategy
  • The organizing process and methods
  • Freire and community work: limitations of traditional approaches

What's included?

  • 11 main sessions
  • 30+ videos
  • 11 reflective tasks
  • Community discussion
  • 2 assignments
  • Course certificate

BONUS 1

Community Analysis

We make social analysis skills central to all of our learning. This mini-course in Community Analysis provides tools and skills for undertsanding your local environment. We recommend that you take it alongside the main course.

BONUS 2

Live Seminars

You will get access to regular live online seminars and the opportunity to suggest seminar topics or even take part in presenting a seminar. This bonus comes as part of our Associate Membership package.

BONUS 3

Associate Membership

In addition to access to live seminars, your one-year Associate Membership includes free previews to new courses. It also gives you Workspace tools and apps, including a dedicated email account.
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Course contents

Frequently asked questions

Can I view the course material without taking the assignments?

You do not have to take the assignments at the end of the course, but there are tasks and exercises during the course that are essential to the learning process. You will need to complete these in order to progress.

How long does the course take?

If you go through the sessions week by week and complete everything as quickly as possible, the course will take around three months. However, we give you a year's registration in order to make sure that you have plenty of time.

What do I need to do for the course certificate?

There are two assignments at the end of the course. The first is a learning journal, which will be based on tasks and exercises that you have completed throughout the course. The second is an essay. Additionally, as a prerequisite, you must have successfully completed the accompanying social analysis mini-course.

Do I get feedback during the course?

Yes, you are able to engage with tutors and you will receive help and feedback where needed. We would also encourage you to engage with other learners on the course.