This free course, Empowering communities, discusses the most common forms of community empowerment, and explores the barriers to community empowerment and ways that these can be overcome. It will conclude by looking at crime and criminality: a particular challenge that can arise if communities are not sufficiently empowered and supported.
This course was produced by The Open University in association with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
understand the various ways in which communities can be empowered
appreciate the key elements of community empowerment
understand the barriers and incentives to community empowerment
reflect on the various forms of stakeholder engagement
consider ways in which empowered communities can deal more effectively with crime and criminality.
This course has led me through areas where I used to get stuck during community engagement.