Fall 2021 - SD 381 OL01

Building Sustainable Communities (4)

Class Number: 5887

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Prerequisites:

    One of PLAN 100, REM 100, or SD 281; and 45 units.



Engages students in understanding how to plan and cultivate sustainability at the community and city level, taking into consideration the environmental, economic, and social aspects of development. Explores and analyzes policy instruments, planning tools, and strategies from around the world for engaging people and institutions in building sustainable communities. Students with credit for SCD 301 or REM 301 or REM 381 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


At the end of the course, students will be in a position to:

  • Identify, synthesize, and apply key theories and practices that inform the field of sustainable community development;
  • Examine, question, and evaluate real-world cases and challenges faced by communities, in a strategic, long-term, and systemic way;
  • Design, plan, and apply effective policies and methods to move citizens and governments towards local sustainability; and
  • Express the above through a variety of soft and hard skills related to research, problem-solving, presenting, analysis-synthesis, holistic and design thinking, collaborating, mind-mapping, and more.


  • Assignments 100%



Students will need a computer and access to the internet.


There are several core resources to support your learning in this course:

  • Course Required Readings
  • Required videos

All the required readings and videos are listed within their respective study modules in Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.