Transforming Urban Neighbourhoods
This unit aims to equip participants with practical insights, frameworks, tools and strategies to effect transformation in local neighbourhoods facing urban poverty. This includes a theological and pastoral critique of the contribution of Christian faith; an exploration of the ways that Christians can relate to, and come alongside, marginalised people thus bringing residents together to solve their own problems; a critical evaluation of the roles local churches can play in neighbourhood-based responses.
Personal worker issues that can undermine transformations such as boundaries, self-care, dependencies and projections are considered. Christian approaches to urban community development; empowerment and relief will be identified and explored.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Identify a number of contemporary approaches to understanding and defining the nature of poverty.
- Describe a variety of models, frameworks and concepts that can inform and inspire a community transformation process in an urban neighbourhood.
- Develop a theological rationale for the ways Christians live in and engage with neighbourhoods.
- Communicate theological concepts in a clear and articulate form, accessible to people living in poverty.
- (Level 2) Demonstrate distinct ways Christians can engage with urban neighbourhoods.
- (Level 8) Critique and theologically evaluate Christian professional practice in a community-based mission.
Undergraduate: Level 1
1 x 500 word oral tutorial presentation 20%
1 x 1,000 word topical paper 30%
1 x 2,000 word Thematic Essay 50%
Undergraduate: Level 2
1 x 500 word oral tutorial presentation 10%
1 x 2,000 word topical paper 40%
1 x 2,000 word thematic essay 50%
Postgraduate: Level 8
One 500 word oral tutorial presentation 10%
One 2,500 word Tutorial Paper 40%
One 3,000 word Thematic Essay 50%
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