Diploma in Social and Community Development

Course Overview

Diploma in social and Community Development equips students to engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action. It incorporates the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process, and leads to disengagement from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.

The course primarily aims at equipping you with an in-depth knowledge of Community development and social change in relation to the meaning and intricacies of community development as well as the meaning and processes of social change and how these two are connected.

Module 1

Unit 1 The concept of community development

Unit 2 The concept of Social Change

Unit 3 The community as a unit of social change

Unit 4 Micro and macro approaches to social change

Unit 5 Elements and processes of change

Module 2

Unit 1 Dimensions of change

Unit 2 An overview of the theories of development

Unit 3 Types of social change

Unit 4 Measurement of change in rural areas

Unit 5 Resistant and conductive forces of change

Module 3

Unit 1 Principles and Philosophies of development

Unit 2 The Concept of Rural development

Unit 3 Integrated Rural development

Unit 4 Social Infrastructures and rural development

Unit 5 Social change in Rural development

Module 4

Unit 1 Rural Education and development

Unit 2 Rural Community and its youth developments

Unit 3 Attitudes of local government staff towards rural development

Unit 4 Social negligence in rural development

Unit 5 Health and rural development

Unit 6 The theory and practice of community development

Unit 7 Problems of development at the community level


There are four assignments (continuous assessment tests), a research paper and one examination to be offered at the end of the course. Assignments account for 40%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 30% of the mark. Upon completion of the course, you shall be issued a Diploma Certificate and a course transcript.

Certificate and Transcripts will be sent after the successful completion of the course.

Organizers: Action Institute For Professional Studies

Course Duration: 6 months

Language: English

Target Audience: Global

Format: Online and Distance Learning 


Email: info@actionafricainstitute.org

Website: www.actionafricainstitute.org

Tel no: +254 727 616 783

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