Local Development and Social Policy


  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL Faculty of Social, Political and Economics Sciences
DEPARTMENT Department of Social Policy
LEVEL OF STUDIES Level 6
COURSE CODE 31 SEMESTER 1Ο & 3Ο  
COURSE TITLE Local development and social policy
TEACHING ACTIVITIES
If the ECTS Credits are distributed in distinct parts of the course e.g. lectures, labs etc. If the ECTS Credits are awarded to the whole course, then please indicate the teaching hours per week and the corresponding ECTS Credits.
TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS CREDITS
  3 6
Please, add lines if necessary. Teaching methods and organization of the course are described in section 4.    
COURSE TYPE

Background, General Knowledge, Scientific Area, Skill Development

Scientific Area
PREREQUISITES: No
TEACHING & EXAMINATION LANGUAGE: Greek
COURSE OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS: No
COURSE URL: https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OKA189/
  1. LEARNING OUTCOMES
Learning Outcomes
Please describe the learning outcomes of the course: Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired after the successful completion of the course.
The aim of this course is the understanding of the potential and limits of the local scale for the design and implementation of social policy. Upon the successful completion of the course, students will be in the position to:

·         Recognize the significance of the local level as the potential to design alternative social and development policies and practices.

·         Perceive the dynamics in the emergence and resolution of social problems at the local level.

·         Familiarize with specific methods and tools for the community building and need assessment.

·         Learn the basic steps and tools in participatory action research.

General Skills
Name the desirable general skills upon successful completion of the module
Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information,

ICT Use

Adaptation to new situations

Decision making

Autonomous work

Teamwork

Working in an international environment

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Production of new research ideas

Project design and management

Equity and Inclusion

Respect for the natural environment

Sustainability

Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning

Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information,

ICT Use

Teamwork

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Project design and management

Equity and Inclusion

Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning

  1. COURSE CONTENT
The aim of this course is to illustrate the dynamics of the local scale as the space where social policy is designed and implemented. In the first part, the concepts of social needs and community are defined through alternative analytical frameworks. In the second part, we present approaches guiding the design and implementation of social policy at the local level, such as community economic development, community work, degrowth, commons and social solidarity economy. In the third part, we analyze the actors and stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of social policy at the local level (local authorities, local community organizations). In the fourth part, we present examples of public policies focusing on the local level. Finally, we present methods and tools which are used in participatory action research.

Course outline:

·         Social needs at the local level

·         The definition of community

·         Community development and diverse economics (Gibson-Graham)

·         Social policy at the local level

·         Degrowth and territorialization

·         The city as a commons

·         The approach of new municipalism

·         Community building

·         Needs assessment

·         Participatory action research

  1. LEARNING & TEACHING METHODSEVALUATION
TEACHING METHOD
Face to face, Distance learning, etc.
Face to face
USE OF INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
Use of ICT in Teaching, in Laboratory Education, in Communication with students
Use of databases, eclass for communication and information sharing and powerpoint presentation in lectures and for students presentations
TEACHING ORGANIZATION

The ways and methods of teaching are described in detail.

Lectures, Seminars, Laboratory Exercise, Field Exercise, Bibliographic research & analysis, Tutoring, Internship (Placement), Clinical Exercise, Art Workshop, Interactive learning, Study visits, Study / creation, project, creation, project. Etc.

 

The supervised and unsupervised workload per activity is indicated here, so that total workload per semester complies to ECTS standards.

Activity Workload/semester
Lectures 60
Interactive teaching 40
Independent work towards oral presentation 30
Presentation of oral assignment and feedback 20
Course total 150
   
   
   
Student Evaluation

Description of the evaluation process

 

Assessment Language, Assessment Methods, Formative or Concluding, Multiple Choice Test, Short Answer Questions, Essay Development Questions, Problem Solving, Written Assignment, Essay / Report, Oral Exam, Presentation in audience, Laboratory Report, Clinical examination of a patient, Artistic interpretation, Other/Others

 

Please indicate all relevant information about the course assessment and how students are informed 

 

Formative

Presentation of oral assignment during the course or written exams in the end of the semester (January-February) 100%

  1. SUGGESTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Obligatory

·         Karagounis, V. (2008). Community Work and Local Development, Topos (Motivo), Athens (in Greek).

·         Adam, S., Kioupkiolis, Α., Kostakis, V., Liegey, V., Papadopoulou, Ch., Petridis, P. (2019). Synthesizing Visionary Approaches for the Future. Social Solidairty Economy and the Commons. Degrowth and Basic Universal Income, Heinrich Boll Stiftung Thessaloniki Office (in Greek).

·         Notes and ppts of the course

Additional

·         Zaimakis, G. (2011). Community Work and Local Societies. Development, Collective Actions, Multiculturalism, , Plethron, Athens (in Greek).

 

 

 

ANNEX OF THE COURSE OUTLINE

 

Alternative ways of examining a course in emergency situations

 

Teacher (full name):  
Contact details:  
Supervisors: (1)  
Evaluation methods: (2)  
Implementation Instructions: (3)  

 

  • Please write YES or NO
  • Note down the evaluation methods used by the teacher, e.g.
  • written assignment or/and exercises
  • written or oral examination with distance learning methods, provided that the integrity and reliability of the examination are ensured.
  • In the Implementation Instructions section, the teacher notes down clear instructions to the students:

 

  1. a) in case of written assignment and / or exercises: the deadline (e.g. the last week of the semester), the means of submission, the grading system, the grade percentage of the assignment in the final grade and any other necessary information.
  2. b) in case of oral examination with distance learning methods: the instructions for conducting the examination (e.g. in groups of X people), the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the distance learning platforms to be used, the technical means for the implementation of the examination (microphone, camera, word processor, internet connection, communication platform), the hyperlinks for the examination, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the percentage of the oral exam in the final grade, the ways in which the inviolability and reliability of the exam are ensured and any other necessary information.
  3. c) in case of written examination with distance learning methods: the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the way of submitting the answers, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the percentage of the written exam of the exam in the final grade, the ways in which the integrity and reliability of the exam are ensured and any other necessary information.

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