This course builds on the previous theory courses. Participants will begin to formulate a basic theory of community economic development (CED). As part of developing a theory we will define a series of questions that must be addressed in the theory. We will also examine those theories that most closely relate to issues raised in community economic development, including: market theory, theories of poverty, location and space theories, political theories and 147organic148 theories based on the observation of practice. Given that CED draws on a wide variety of disciplines, the field is not suffering from a lack of theory. Many theories may apply to the field of Community Economic Development. The goal of this course is examine a variety of theories related to CED and better understand their relationship to the practice of CED.