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Health Administration (HADM) 315
Health and Community Development

Revision 1 of HADM 315 closed, replaced by current version.

Delivery mode: Individualized study or grouped study.

Credits: 3 - Social Science

Prerequisite: None.

Precluded course: HADM 315 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NTST 315.

Centre: Centre for State and Legal Studies

HADM 315 has a Challenge for Credit option.


HADM 315 is designed to examine the historical evolution, conceptual framework, and implementation of community development in Aboriginal communities in Canada and compare these features with similar development in the Third World rural communities. The course also surveys the implementation of community development, primary health care programs, and projects in Aboriginal communities in Canada and Third World communities.


Unit 1: The History and Theory of Community Development

Unit 2: Community Development Practice

Unit 3: Community Development Process in Health Care Delivery


To receive credit for HADM 315, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Tutor-marked Exercise 1 Tutor-marked Exercise 2 Tutor-marked Exercise 3 Final Exam Total
25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Dacks, Gurston, and Ken Coates, eds. 1988. Northern Communities: The Prospects for Empowerment. Edmonton: Boreal Institute for Northern Studies, The University of Alberta.

Freire, Paulo. 1992. Education for Critical Consciousness. New York: Continuum Publishing Company.

Rubin, Herbert J., and Irene Rubin. 1992. Community Organizing and Development, 2nd ed. Toronto: Collier Macmillan Publishing Company.

Schumacher, E. F. 1993. Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as If People Mattered. London: Abacus Sphere Books, Ltd.

Other materials

The course materials also include a student manual, study guide, and a book of readings.