Community Service Practicum

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Community Service Practicum

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

  • Location

    Santiago, Dominican Republic

  • Area of Study

    International Studies, Service-Learning, Social Work, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Intermediate, Advanced

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION

    This is both a theoretical and a practical course oriented toward providing the student personal experiences that allow analysis and comprehension of the reality of institutions and public services, public, private, and mixed; their social, political, and economic orientation and the diverse actors who participate in them. This course requires a considerable amount of work outside of the classroom.

    OBJECTIVES

    At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

    1. Facilitate the analysis of the institutions in which they carried out their work from the social, political, and economic perspective.
    2. Participate in the discussion with respect to the different types of paradigms that serve as a base for service institutions.
    3. Facilitate the comprehension and practice of diagnosis and planning as tool of community work
    4. Analyze the diversity of sectors of development involved in community work.
    5. Identify the bases that sustain community participation and the management of its beneficiaries.
    6. Identify the diverse sources of financing involved in sustaining the development of institutions of community service.
    7. Synthesize their experience in the presentation of a case study of a community service institution.

    CONTENTS

    Unit 1: Tools for Community Service

    1.1. Participant observation
    1.2. Case study
    1.3. Diagnostic
    1.4. Systematization
    1.5 Planning

    Unit 2: Community Service in poor countries. Its social, political, and economic implications.

    2.1. Governability
    2.2. Crisis of governability
    2.3. Poverty and inequality
    2.4. Exclusion
    2.5. Politics and social reform in Latin America

    Unit 3: Paradigms of community work

    3.1. Assistance
    3.2. Paternalism
    3.3. Empowerment

    Unit 4: Agents involved. The state, non-governmental organizations, and community. Motivations, roles, and limitations.

    4.1. Basic criteria: democratization
    4.2. Decentralization
    4.3. Legalization
    4.4. Efficiency-efficacy

    Unit 5: Subjects of the work: Base organizations or individuals.

    5.1. Social organization, its importance
    5.2. Types of social organizations: beginnings and internal structure
    5.3. Social organization and local management

    Unit 6: The sources of financing in community work: The state, philanthropy, and foreign donations.

    6.1. Donor fatigue at the international level
    6.2. Historical tendency of social spending
    6.3. Structure of public spending

    Unit 7: Case study of institutions in Santiago de los Caballeros.

    7.1. Education sector
    7.2. Health sector
    7.3. Judicial sector

    EVALUATION:

    Participation (Class participation on readings and experiences): 25%
    Presentation (Oral pres. of case study): 10%
    Presentation (Written presentation of case study): 15%
    Practicum (Community practicum): 50%
    Total: 100%

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

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    Breslin, Patric. (1991) La democracia en el resto de las Américas. Pág. 3-7 ?Desarrollo de Base?. Vol. 15 No. 2. Fundación Interamericana.

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    Servicio Alemán de Cooperación Social Técnica. (Octubre y diciembre 1988) Asesoramiento Metodológico del DED. Sistematización de experiencias y procesos. Quito / Santo Domingo.

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