Course Content
Introduction to social capital
This lesson provides a foundation for understanding what social capital is, where it comes from, and what it does as well as some of the challenges of reading the literature and conducting researching on social capital.
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History and evolution of social capital
This lesson explores the history of the concept of social capital and how it has evolved and increased in popularity over the last 30 years, and in the context of the last 120 years.
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Understanding social capital
This lesson explores the many different conceptual approaches to social capital that can be difficult to identify in the literature and if not understood, can result in enormous confusion and difficulties. The major approaches are identified and explained, and a typology is provided to help understand and position the different approaches.
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Dimensions of social capital
This lesson explores the dimensions of social capital. Most scholars agree that social capital is multidimensional and although different dimensions have been proposed, there is a consensus emerging that there are three dimensions most relevant to its application.
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Social capital levels
This lesson identifies the different levels at which social capital operates from the individual to the social group or organisation to community or society level.
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Sources of social capital
This lesson provides an overview of the commonly identified sources of social capital and how they contribute to its development.
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Criticisms of social capital
This lesson explores the criticisms of social capital by using the wicked problems framework to consider what problems with the concept limit is usefulness and scholarly rigor.
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Measurement of social capital
This lesson deals with the challenge of measuring social capital which is essential for research and for the evaluation of intervention programs.
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Social Capital Course August 2022
About Lesson

Welcome to the Social Capital Course, August 2022.

Each week you will have three video-on-demand lectures to watch, supporting materials to read, and a simple quiz for each lesson to test your knowledge. At the end of the week, you can attend an optional Zoom tutorial to review the content for the week, ask questions, and discuss the content. The course content will be released a week in advance so that everyone is progressing through the course content at approximately the same time.

The course dates and outline are below:

Week 1: starting Monday, August 22, 2022

  • Self-paced lectures and readings are available from Saturday, August 20, 2022.
    • Introduction to social capital
    • History and evolution of social capital
    • Understanding social capital
  • Optional Zoom tutorial for discussion and support on Friday, August 26, 2022 (two sessions to choose from 8am or 8pm UTC)

Week 2: starting Monday, August 29, 2022

  • Self-paced lectures and readings are available from Saturday, August 27, 2022.
    • Dimensions of social capital
    • Social capital levels
    • Bonding and bridging social capital
  • Optional Zoom tutorial for discussion and support on Friday, September 2, 2022 (two sessions to choose from 8am or 8pm UTC)

Week 3: starting Monday, September 5, 2022

  • Self-paced lectures and readings are available from Saturday, September 3, 2022.
    • Sources of social capital
    • Criticisms of social capital
    • Measurement of social capital
  • Optional Zoom tutorial for discussion and support on Friday, September 9, 2022 (two sessions to choose from 8am or 8pm UTC)

The tutorials will be held on Friday of each week at two different times to ensure a session is accessible for everyone in the world, regardless of your time zone. The tutorials will include revision of the course content for the week, discussion of key points, and will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions. These tutorials will be facilitated by Tristan Claridge, who has over 20 years of social capital experience and is an expert teacher and facilitator.

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