Health Administration (HADM) 315

Health and Community Development (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study (check availability)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: HADM 315 is cross-listed—listed under two different disciplines—with HSRV 315. HADM 315 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HSRV 315 or 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, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Canada, and Chile. The 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 1.1: The Historical Roots of Community Development
  • Part 1.2: The Conceptualization of Community Development

Unit 2: Community Development Practice: A Comparative Perspective

  • Part 2.1: The African and Asian Experiences
  • Part 2.2: The Canadian and Latin American Experiences
  • Part 2.3: Women in Development

Unit 3: Primary Health Care and Community Development

  • Part 3.1: Community Organizing for Development Process
  • Part 3.2: A Conceptual Overview of Primary Health Care and Community Development
  • Part 3.3: 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%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials


Campfens, H. (Ed.). (1997). Community development around the world: Practice, theory, research, training. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (2008). Community organizing and development (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, Pearson Education.

Tesoriero, F. (2010). Community development: Community-based alternatives in an age of globalisation (4th ed.). Frenchs Forest, Australia: Pearson Australia.

Other Materials

The course materials also include online materials: a student manual, a course information guide, study guides, and a selection of online readings.

Current Grouped Study Locations

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 3, January 14, 2014.

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