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Sustainable Development Program | Faculty of Environment Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2020

Sustainable Development

Certificate

The Sustainable Development (SD) certificate program explores social, economic, and environmental sustainability in theory and practice, from local and international perspectives. Framed within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the certificate offers an applied, multi-disciplinary credential. Classes are small and highly participatory, involving learning through cases, real-world examples, guest speakers, projects, policy design and social enterprise development.

The program is developed to meet students' need for cost and time effective accreditation: (1) the SD courses may be applied also to major or minor programs of a bachelor's degree while earning a practical credential; (2) several courses can be used to meet breath requirements; (3) the certificate can also be earned as a stand-alone accreditation, without completing a degree; and (4) the required courses can be completed in three to four terms in the classroom or partly in the classroom and partly by distance education.

Admission Requirements

Interested students may declare this certificate through the Sustainable Development Program Advisor in the Faculty of Environment.

Students may take SD courses without applying for the certificate and may apply SD courses and approved electives completed prior to admission toward the certificate.

Program Requirements

Students complete five (5) courses, of which four (4) must be SD courses. Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in all SD courses to obtain the certificate.

Students complete

SD 281 - Sustainable Communities, Sustainable World (3)

Introduces the challenges and opportunities for developing sustainable communities and a sustainable world, through the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Builds an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of conventional approaches to development and of sustainable development. Emphasis on urban areas in the Global North and Global South. Prerequisite: 30 units. Students with credit for SCD 201 or REM 201 or REM 281 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jesus Pulido Castanon
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
D101 Sessional
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D102 Sessional
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby

and 3 of the following upper division SD courses

SD 301 - Building a Sustainable World: Concepts and Cases (4)

Exploration of how to cultivate a more sustainable world. Provides a foundation for understanding sustainable development at the global scale. Explores cases of governance, programs and policies in the Global South that foster the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as food and water security, biodiversity, inclusive economies, and clean energy. Prerequisite: 45 units or admission to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Development.

SD 381 - Building Sustainable Communities: Concepts and Cases (4)

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. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 units or admission to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Development. Students with credit for SCD 301 or REM 301 or REM 381 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SD 401 - Sustainable Development Goals Studio (4)

Engages students in creating innovative solutions to real-world challenges of sustainability and development, using studio-based approaches. Explores the Sustainable Development Goals as a mechanism for effective governance in the context of Global North-South relations, and develops policies and strategies for implementing the Goals at local and global scales. Prerequisite: 60 units or admission to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Development. Recommended: SD 281 or equivalent. Students with credit for DEVS 401 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Sessional
We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1415, Vancouver
SD 481 - Sustainable Communities Leadership Lab (4)

Students develop the skills to lead change toward sustainability at the community level. Starting with a process of analyzing a particular social or environmental challenge, and using a collaborative approach, they develop a promising idea into a feasible plan for a project or social enterprise. Prerequisite: 60 units and SD 281 or REM 281 or SD 201 or DEVS 201 or SCD 201 or REM 201 or admission to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Development. Students with credit for SCD 401 or REM 401 or REM 481 may not complete this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Jeremy Stone
Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2270, Vancouver

and one (1) elective course chosen from the following:

  • an additional upper-level SD course from list above, or
  • a course from the list of approved elective courses, or
  • a course approved by the program director

Students must have taken SD 281 to enroll in any 400-level SD course. Elective courses in other departments may have prerequisites not included here.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be approved toward program fulfilment provided it meets the program's requirements for sustainable development relevance and SFU's residency requirements.

Limits

General SFU Certificate regulations apply. Units applied to one certificate may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma. Those who complete the undergraduate certificate cannot enroll in the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Development.

More information available at www.sfu.ca/susdevprogram.html.