Course: Community Work

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Course title Community Work
Course code KCHP/KKOMP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Opatrný Michal, doc. Dr. theol.
  • Říhová Alice, Mgr.
  • Bláhová Lucie, Mgr. DiS.
Course content
The course covers the following topics: 1) Community 2) Human and social capital, trust in community and society 3) Civil society and subsidiarity 4) Primary sources of community help, power and empowerment 5) Social work in community 6) Models and tactics of community work 7) Social work with community and the risks of "social engineering" 8) Community planning of social services 9) Churches and religious societies in territorial community 10) Social work with society

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Individual preparation for exam
Learning outcomes
The course is focused mainly on territorial communities. It bases on the question whether the community is more the object of social work or, on the other hand, social work with the community is the most effective way how to solve the problems of its members, ie individuals, families and groups that make it. It, therefore, emphasises social work in the community as a comprehensive approach to the problems of the community members; community planning of social services is complementary.
Students will acquire the following knowledge and skills within the subject: Knowledge: - Student will understand terms like community, social work with community, community planning of social services, social capital, human capital, civil society, empowerment, subsidiarity - The student will be aware of the societal context of community work. Skills: - Student will be able to use techniques of working with community, to plan the process of community work and evaluate it, to become a social worker in the process of community planning of social services Student can distinguish when it is necessary to apply community work and when it is not; avoid social experiments with community/society.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Student performance assessment, Analysis of student's language skills, Colloquium, Test

Conditions to get a credit: a) To write an essay of 3-5 pages in which the student reflects on the real actual social problem and the possibilities of its solution through social work with community. The essay is handed over via Moodle. b) To prepare a paper on a given topic on a colloquium. The paper must be based on given literature: to summarise the authors' opinions, to compare them and comment using students' own arguments. The topics of the papers change year-to-year and will be specified at the beginning of the semester. The student must confirm the topic of the paper before October 31. c) Pass the test of knowledge gained from self-study of the relevant literature. Minimum score in the test 60%. The student enrolls for the test through the STAG system. For self-study literature see the list of references above.
Recommended literature
  • Havrdová Zuzana. Mít život ve svých rukou: O oblastech a postupech práce komunitního pracovníka ve vyloučených lokalitách. Praha - Toužim, 2013.
  • Libor PRUDKÝ a kol. Inventura hodnot: Výsledky sociologických výzkumů hodnot ve společnosti České republiky. Praha, 2009.
  • Oldřich MATOUŠEK. Metody a řízení sociální práce. Praha, 2003.
  • Pavel NAVRÁTIL. Teorie a metody sociální práce. Brno, 2001.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Social and Charity Work (2016) Category: Social sciences 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter