MSP-621 Networking for Effective Community Development

This course is a comprehensive examination of community development through exploring and understanding the role of networks. The course provides an overview of the types of networks and how each functions to create critical linkages that enable the ability of the community to respond to needs, threats, and challenges, and how these linkages can work to translate change and community effectiveness. Topics include improving governance; using community networks to bridge cultural and economic differences; improving communications and neighborhood relations; and using networks to work across agencies and facilitate planning. The course includes exercises aimed at promoting an understanding of networks and simulations to apply theory to practice. This course draws from several disciplines to discuss and apply network theory and practice to community economic development. Please note that students are required to work in groups.

Credits: 3

Offered in Jan 2021

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