2006-2007 University of Guelph Graduate Calendar

Appendix A - Courses

Capacity Development and Extension

REXT*6060 Adult Learning and Development U [0.50]
Adult development through life stages; profile of adult learners; learning abilities and difficulties; learning theory as applied to adults; sociological contexts for adult learning; participation levels and barriers to participation. Various perspectives on adult learning (modernist to postmodern).
REXT*6070 Foundations of Capacity Building and Extension U [0.50]
Contemporary issues and changes in rural communities and the implications for building community capacity. Students will be introduced to and examine dominant paradigms of community capacity building for meeting rural needs: Human Resources Development and Participatory Development.
REXT*6190 Fundamentals of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication U [0.50]
The role of communication in interpersonal and intercultural relations in both formal and non-formal organizations. It specifically focuses on the theories and competencies that are required for communication between individuals and those within and between different cultures.
REXT*6260 Research Methods U [0.50]
Provides students with abilities and knowledge to undertake, formulate and implement research in their chosen area of development. Students are expected to acquire the ability to identify research question and the appropriate designs to answer such questions.
REXT*6290 Special Topics in Capacity Building and Extension U [0.50]
Selected study topics which may be pursued in accordance with the special needs of students in the program.
REXT*6311 Extension Theory and Methods U [0.50]
Theories, principles and practices associated with effective instruction in extension are taught. Emphasis is given to non-formal teaching-learning situations; importance of socio-economic and cultural environment; communication skills using creative and appropriate technology in the transfer of information.
REXT*6320 Capacity Building for Sustainable Development U [0.50]
Learning processes enhancing human capital in civil society and the organizational and managerial capabilities that can empower communities to meet their economic, social, cultural and environmental needs. Examines development and underdevelopment and the role of non-formal education and administration in facilitation social change in peripheral regions from an interdisciplinary perspective.
REXT*6330 Facilitation and Conflict Management U [0.50]
Explore the theories of leadership, practice leadership skills and activities, and develop an understanding of the role facilitation and conflict management play in organizational success. Emphasizes personal individual development through practice, lecture and group discussion. Visits to community-facilitated meetings will be part of the course.
REXT*6410 Readings in Capacity Building and Extension U [0.50]
A program of supervised independent study related to the student's area of concentration.
REXT*6420 Development Communication U [0.50]
Form of community development that utilizes communication technology in a participatory format with a political commitment to democracy and equity. Students introduced to range of technologies that are utilized in development communication (radio, video, Internet, etc.) and principles of development communication.
REXT*6690 Decision Making and Conflict U [0.50]
A systemic,comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, the linkage between decision processes, and conflict, both at the micro (community and interpersonal) level and at the broader macro level of structural change and globalization. Examines the theory and practice of socio-economic, cultural and political conflict in social systems and the modalities for its resolution from an interdisciplinary standpoint.
REXT*6900 Major Research Paper U [1.00]
Students select a topic and write a paper that does not necessarily include original data but is an analysis and synthesis of materials dealing with the topic selected.