Health Administration (HADM) 315

Health and Community Development (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study:Social Science

Prerequisite: None

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

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HADM 315 is designed to introduce students to the historical, theoretical, and practical framework of community development (CD), and to the implementation of CD programs or projects conducted in communities in Tanzania, Ghana, Bangladesh, Canada, and Chile. This course further examines the effectiveness of the community development process in addressing the social and economic needs faced by people in these countries. Finally, the course examines how community development relates to primary health care.


Unit 1: The History and the Conceptualization of Community Development

  • Part 1: The African and Asian Experience
  • Part 2: The Conceptualization of Community Development

Unit 2: Community Development Practice: A Comparative Perspective

  • Part 1: The African and Asian Experience
  • Part 2: The Canadian and Latin American Experience
  • Part 3: Women in Development

Unit 3: Primary Health Care and Community Development

  • Part 1: Community Organizing for Development Process
  • Part 2: Primary Health Care and Community Development: A Conceptual Overview
  • Part 3: Primary Health Care Practice


To receive credit for HADM 315, you must complete and submit all three assignments, attain a minimum grade of 50 per cent on the final examination, and achieve an overall course grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assign 1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Essay Final Exam Total
15% 15% 30% 40% 100%

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

Course Materials


Campfens, H. (Ed.). (1999). Community development around the world: Practice, theory, research, training. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Inc.

Freire, P. (2007). Education for critical consciousness. New York: Continuum.

Ife, J., & Tesoriero, F. (2006). Community development: Community-based alternatives in an age of globalisation (3rd ed.). Frenchis Forest, Australia: Pearson Education Australia.

Schumacher, E. F. (1993). Small is beautiful: Economics as if people mattered. Vancouver, BC: Hartley & Marks Publishers Inc.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a student manual, study guide, and a reading file.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, October 2, 2007.

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