Sociological Foundations of Community and Community Intervention

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This course is designed to provide doctoral students with an introduction to some of the foundational sociological theories pertaining to our understanding of ‘community.' This includes conceptual orientations to what community is, how it functions, the forces and processes that shape its development, the dynamics of community change, and what it may provide as a basis for social action and planned intervention. In addition, students will consider the ways in which different theoretical perspectives inform (or should inform) the design and implementation of some particular examples of community intervention that are focused on rather different social problems. The course will focus on teasing out some of the common and divergent claims about what ‘community' is and provides as framed by sociological theory, how particular theoretical perspectives may be applied across different kinds of interventions, and how one might investigate particular questions about community and community intervention. It will also explore the relative value of a focus on community as an organizing principle for addressing different types of social problems, and the possibilities and limitations of such an orientation for guiding social policy and social welfare practice.

Courses are subject to change at any time. Please check mySSA for the quarters, days, and times that courses will be held, as well as room numbers.