The broad aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for people who are active in the community to achieve formal qualifications in the community work field. This course has been developed in partnership with community groups and consists of lectures, workshops, seminars, combined with a substantial practical element, based in the community. Participants will remain within the community setting, thereby sustaining their contribution to the community while developing the capacity to add value to that contribution through supervised and supported learning in the workplace. The course will be assessed by continuous assessment: essay, reports, role play and presentations. Practical work placement within the community will also contribute to assessment. No formal, terminal, written examination will be undertaken.
What is Community Development?
Community Development is a process that seeks to build strong, sustainable communities by bringing people and groups together for the good of the wider community and society. Based on principles of equality, fairness and respect it sets out to influence power structures and remove barriers that prevent people from taking part in decisions that affect their lives.
The course is assessed by continuous assessment: essay, reports, role play and presentations. Practical work placement within the community will also contribute to assessment. No formal, terminal, written examination is undertaken.
At present, the placement is composed of supervised community work, for 180 hours over a 20 week period. It may be possible for applicants, who are already active in community work, to continue this work in order to meet the placement requirements.
Participants must have satisfactorily completed the Institute’s mandatory the National Vetting Bureau process before commencing placement.
Suitably qualified graduates may be considered to proceed to Year 4 of
> Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community Development.
Where applicants for the honours degree do not have a qualification at Diploma or Bachelor degree level in Community Development at the specified minimum level, they may be admitted on the basis of a learning portfolio that verifiably demonstrates learning performance equal to that specified by the learning outcomes of the BA Degree programme at CIT.
What is the weekly workload?
The BA in Community Development (BACD) is a full time programme here at CIT Bishopstown Campus. Your weekly work schedule will consist of lectures at the Bishopstown Campus as well as supervised work placements.
The placement is an integral part of the BACD programme and is core to your professional development. In addition, employers value the experience gained via the supervised placement.
What are the arrangements for the work placement?
The work placement will take place in selected locations around Cork City, which are easily accessible via public transport.
What personal skills are most suited to the programme and subsequent careers?
The best students and professional community workers all possess a keen interest in social justice issues alongside a desire to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives.
What kind of person should you be?
The community work profession requires individuals who are mindful of their responsibility towards other people and their communities.
The community work professional also involves a strong legal and ethical commitment to promoting the safety of children and ‘vulnerable’ adults in society.
May I obtain a Higher Certificate after two years?
Yes, students who successfully complete Year 2 and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive a Higher Certificate in Arts in Community Development.