Community Development through Social Innovation

Last updated 9 April 2020
Community Development through Social Innovation

Overview

This course will provide students with an overview of how individuals and organisations could work together to strengthen and develop sustainable communities through social innovation. Students will learn how to address societal challenges effectively and efficiently and work collaboratively to promote resilience and sustainability within communities.

Students will gain up to 20 hours of engaging in hands-on community-based projects (as a whole class and in small groups), with guided reflection and relevant academic content about social innovation, innovative partnerships development and volunteerism. This course will provide skills and opportunities for students to work or volunteer for local or international projects.

Students at the end of the elective will receive a United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) certificate which will enhance their employability and graduate profile.

Contact Hours

There will be 3 hours of contact per week (including teaching and workshops).

20 hours will be dedicated to hands-on community development projects aimed at promoting the Sustainable Development Goals

Assumed Knowledge

None.

What You Will Study

What students will learn:

  1. Multi-disciplinary case-based approaches for analysing and evaluating societal challenges.
  2. Application of fundamentals of community engagement
  3. Implementing social innovation in the context of sustainable development
  4. Team building & Partnerships for community-based project plans that align with the Sustainable Development Goals.
  5. Creative techniques for presenting reflective experiential service-learning.

Recognition

Students at the end of the elective will receive a United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) certificate which will enhance their employability and graduate profile.