Development and Sustainability

Description of Program

Development and Sustainability examines the problems, processes, and prospects for the sustainable transformation of human, natural, and material resources that occur in various contexts and at various levels of social interaction, from local, national, and regional levels to the international/global level. To study Development and Sustainability is to study the changes that affect the quality of life of individuals and groups globally, within the broader context of environmental change.

The problems of Development and Sustainability are urgent and complex, and often transcend the boundaries of conventional academic disciplines. One must draw upon many disciplines in order to obtain a balanced understanding of historical and contemporary processes. These disciplines include, but are not limited to: anthropology, business, communications, economics, gender studies, geography, health, political science, resource and environmental management, and sociology.

The Graduate Certificate in Development and Sustainability links faculty teaching support and research across the university. This enables students to coordinate their graduate studies by concentrating on development issues using a multidisciplinary approach. Students move through their programs in their departments while also being in regular contact with those with common interests in development across the university.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. This graduate certificate program is exclusively – and only – completed during enrollment in a master’s or doctoral program. Students are not permitted to complete this graduate certificate program on its’ own. For information, and to be admitted, students should contact the Sustainable Development Program Advisor.

Program Requirements

This program consists of a required seminar and elective coursework for a minimum of 14 units.

Students must complete
SD 801 - Issues, Concepts & Cases in Development and Sustainability (5)*

and three courses from at least two academic units
CMNS 840 - Political Economy of Communications (5)
CMNS 845 - Selected Topics (5)
ECON 855 - Theories of Economic Development (4)
GEOG 620 - Selected Topics: Economy, Environment & Development (4)
GSWS 830 - Selected Topics Graduate Seminar I (5)
GSWS 831 - Selected Topics Graduate Seminar II (5)
HSCI 821 - Introduction to Global Health (3)
HSCI 822 - Globalization and Health (3)
HSCI 823 - Health, Gender and Development (3)
HSCI 824 - Global Health Systems (3)
HSCI 870 - Global Health and International Affairs (3)
IS 801 - Institutions, Policies and Development (4)
IS 809 - Selected Topics (4)
IS 835 - Social and Political Change in Latin America (4)
PLCY 812 - Selected Topics in Public Policy I (5)
POL 837 - Selected Topics: Issues in Comparative Politics; Governance & Globalization (5)
POL 842 - International Law Organization (5)
POL 844 - International Political Economy (5)
POL 856 - Selected Topics: Issues in Social & Economic Policy (5)
POL 893 - Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement (5)
REM 621 - Ecological Economics (5)
REM 643-5 Environmental Conflict & Dispute Resolution (5)
REM 647 - Parks and Outdoor Recreation Planning (5)
REM 650 - Energy & Materials Management & Policy (5)
REM 651 - Project Evaluation & Non-market Valuation Methods (5)
REM 656 - Environment & Development (5)
REM 658 - Energy & Materials Systems Modelling (5)
REM 660 - Selected Topics in Natural Resources Management (5)
REM 662 - Special Topics in Resource Management (5)
SA 418 - International Health: Global Policies & Local Realities (4)
SA 429 - Sex, Work & International Capital (4)
SA 430 - States, Cultures & Global Transitions (4)
SD 802 - Selected Topics in Sustainable Development (5)
SD 803 – Directed Studies in Sustainable Development (5)

* Students are advised to complete this course in the first half of their graduate studies.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within the first nine terms of their master’s or doctoral program.

Other Information

Students will receive their certificate of Development and Sustainability upon completion of their primary degree.

Students should plan course choices leading to the certificate well ahead of time in consultation with their supervisory committees and the Sustainable Development Program Advisor.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.