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Course Name Sustainable Community Development
Course Code 24SDS505
Program M.Sc. in Social Data Science & Policy
Semester II
Credits 4
Campus Faridabad


Unit I

Unit I – Components and Characteristics of Community, Intro to UN SDGs, Community Capital Framework, Systems Thinking

Unit II

Unit II – The Role of Systems Thinking in the Practice of Implementing the SDGs

Unit III

Unit III – Inequalities and Marginalized groups- Gender , Caste , Class. Manifestations of Non-Sustainability and effects on- Family, youth/children, elderly

Unit IV

Unit IV – Intergovernmental Approaches to Sustainable Community development. Stakeholder Map and their activities: (Panchayati Raj – Central) NGOs, Intergovernmental orgs. Community Development and Rural Development Programme. Introduce global human development indicators (e.g., UNDP’s HDI).

Unit V

Unit V – Indian policies/welfare programs/schemes in relation to SDGs (starting from India’s Indep to date)


The Immersive Data Collection course shall be conducted for a minimum period of 7 days. The students shall organize and conduct this endeavor under the direction and supervision of the teaching faculty in a rural/tribal community. The Immersive Data Collection programme is intended to bring in the living experience of the rural community in view of the social data science philosophy and principles. The course facilitates students to practice and integrate social data science in tune with their personal and societal expectations. It provides an opportunity to analyze the regional social system, the approaches, and the strategies of intervention used by the government and non-government organizations
The course gives an opportunity to understand the real-life situations in the rural/ tribal settings in the society and it also provides the opportunity to enhance the skills in planning, organizing and implementing programmes/ projects for the marginalized people. Self-reflection is a major part of the course.

Course Objectives:

  1. To develop an understanding of the rural social structures and cultural processes with special reference to specific groups experiencing poverty and deprivation
  2. To develop an understanding of the level of government intervention in relation to below the poverty line groups in the area and the related structure of decision–making and intervention
  3. To develop the capacity to make a critique of the intervention of both the voluntary organisations and the Government Agencies in relation to the specific Below the poverty line group
  4. Through experience in group living, appreciate its value in terms of self-development, interpersonal relationships sense of organization, management and mutual responsibility
  5. To acquire skills in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating the course

Course Outcomes:

CO1: Students gain knowledge of the rural and Tribal lifestyle and social structure and social life.
CO2: Apply the Social Work methods and tools during the process and phases of Group Dynamics.
CO3: To explain the policies and programmes by the Government and Voluntary organisations.


  • Field work
  • Data collection

-Program outcome PO – Course Outcomes CO Mapping


Program Specific Outcomes PSO – Course Objectives – Mapping


Evaluation Pattern:

Assessment Internal External
Midterm Exam 20
*Continuous Assessment


End Semester 60

*CA – Can be Quizzes, Assignment, Projects, and Reports, and Seminar

Textbooks Papers, Reference Books

  1. Monkelbaan, J. (2019). Governance for the Sustainable Development Goals. Springer.
  2. Gracious Thomas (ed). 2010. Community Organization: Management for Community Development. IGNOU.
  3. Gupta, R., Sankhe, S., Dobbs, R., Woetzel, J., Madgavkar, A., & Hasyagar, A. (2014). From poverty to empowerment: India’s imperative for jobs, growth, and effective basic services. McKinsey Global Institute.
  4. Reynolds, M., Blackmore, C., Ison, R., Shah, R., & Wedlock, E. (2018). The Role of Systems Thinking in the Practice of Implementing Sustainable Development Goals. In World Sustainability Series (pp. 677–698).
  5. Flora, C. & Arnold, N. (2012). State of the Science Report: Community Development. University of Montana Rural Institute, Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities.
  6. Kumar, A. (2010). Social Work Among Communities. Social Work Intervention with Individuals and Groups, 96.
  7. State Resource Center Kerala. 2016. Module 2: Community Development.
  8. Seema. (2013). A Historical Analysis of Women Development in India. International Journal of Scientific Engineering and Research, 1(3), 111–116.
  9. UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). 2024. Human Development Report 2023-24: Breaking the gridlock: Reimagining cooperation in a polarized world. New York.

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