Course Description

This course will introduce the student to the challenges of sustainable community development in the developing world. The course begins with a broad exploration of the meaning of development and under-development and its relevance to Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East today. This course will also explore various approaches which have been used in local, bottom-up developments as well as some tools which are now available to assist the community development facilitator. (Formerly IST 911.)


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.

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