Community Organizing

Communities and Conflict

Mobilizing Communities for Change

A course examining ideas of what we mean by community, its relevance as an organizing concept and the role of conflict. The course considers our roles as activists, organizers or change agents, and the situation of the organizations or institutions in which we work or are involved.

We also think about the idea of community analysis, a systematic study of our immediate environment - the community, neighbourhood or town in which we live or work.


  • How do you respond to conflict? Can you see a positive role for conflict, or is it necessarily destructive?
  • How might personal experience shape your understanding of values?
  • Understanding your community in a more systematic way
  • Basic tools of action-research
  • The culture of silence - what it means, how it operates
  • The key change agents - who are they, and how are they developed?
  • Making the connections: analysis and strategy
  • The organizing process and methods
  • Freire and community work: limitations of traditional approaches
  Registration Offer
This course is now open for registration. Register now and get 40% off the normal price of this course.
  Course Starts
You will be registered for 12 months from the start of the course. The minimum time necessary to complete the course is 3 months.
  Course Delivery
Course materials such as videos, readings and tasks will be released over the period of your enrollment. Live online seminars are not part of the course content but may be made available as a bonus.
  Course Certificate
You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I view the course material without taking the assignments?

You do not have to take the assignments at the end of the course, but there are tasks and exercises during the course that are essential to the learning process. You will need to complete these in order to progress.

How long does the course take?

If you go through the sessions week by week and complete everything as quickly as possible, the course will take around three months. However, we give you a year's registration in order to make sure that you have plenty of time.

What do I need to do for the course certificate?

There are two assignments at the end of the course. The first is a learning journal, which will be based on tasks and exercises that you have completed throughout the course. The second is an essay. Additionally, as a prerequisite, you must have successfully completed the accompanying social analysis mini-course.

Do I get feedback during the course?

Yes, you are able to engage with tutors and you will receive help and feedback where needed. We would also encourage you to engage with other learners on the course.
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