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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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Bonding and bridging social capital
This lesson explores the popular distinction between bonding, bridging, and linking social capital.
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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 – Full Course
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Overview

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 research on social capital.

  • Gain a general understanding of what the term social capital means with examples to bring it to life
  • Get background knowledge about the different approaches to social capital and the challenges to reading the literature
  • Learn about the value of the concept and why it has become popular
  • Find out about the various outcomes of social capital and where social capital comes from
  • Gain insights into the criticisms of the concept and why some people have objected to its use.
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