Learning Programmes

Sustainable Communities Generic Module

A common module designed to give sustainable communities professionals a core level of knowledge and skills

ASC's generic module has been developed by the Open University and the Bayswater Institute, and can be used as a stand-alone course or included in existing courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development level.

What does it cover?

  • The government's economic, social and environmental policies on sustainable communities.
  • The interaction between, and role of, core and associated occupations.
  • The generic skills required for specific professions to effectively deliver sustainable communities (such as visioning, leadership, community engagement and communication).
  • The importance of community engagement in effectively shaping neighbourhoods.

The module is flexible so that teachers and trainers can tailor the content for specific audiences, and is based on five workshops or ‘events'.

These either focus on real communities in which students have direct involvement or case study-based scenarios (where students adopt roles of people involved in creating better places).

Students will:

  • Review the current community situation
  • Prioritise issues
  • Envisage future options
  • Explore and develop relevant sustainability indicators
  • Develop a forward plan for community development

No prior subject knowledge is required.

A toolkit for teachers and trainers is available, and includes a student workbook, tutor guide, and resource website (www.asclearn.org.uk).

Who is it aimed at?

The module is designed for learners at a range of levels, from introductory HE courses to professional development. It can also be used with community-based groups where professionals and community stakeholders work alongside each other.

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