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Sustainable Development Program | Faculty of Environment Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Sustainable Community Development

Certificate

This certificate program offers basic accreditation in sustainable community development and is for those who seek a holistic, active, practical credential either as part of an undergraduate degree or as a stand-alone certificate. General certificate regulations apply. Courses completed for this certificate may also apply toward major or minor program requirements or toward a bachelor’s degree under normal regulations. This program may also be completed by distance education.

Admission Requirements

General undergraduate admission to the university and formal application for program approval with the Sustainable Development Program. Students must normally complete 30 units before applying for this program.

Application deadlines: May 1 for Fall term, October 1 for Spring term, February 1 for Summer term, Intersession and Summer session.

For complete application information: http://www.sfu.ca/susdevprogram/credentials/sustainable-community-development--scd-/undergraduate-certificate.html

Program Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 19 units of required courses and approved elective courses, attain at least a C+ grade in SD 281 and SD 381 for program continuance, and must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in all SD courses to obtain the certificate.

Students complete all of

SD 281 - Introduction to Sustainable Community Development (3)

First required course for the SCD Certificate. Builds an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of conventional approaches to development; rationale for alternative approaches; varying interpretations of community and of development; and essential components for creating local economic development strategies. Sustainable Community Development is introduced as a framework to meet current social and economic needs while ensuring adequate resources are available for future generations. Prerequisite: 30 units or SCD Certificate program approval or permission of the Director of the Sustainable Development Program. Not permitted for credit toward the SCD Post Baccalaureate Diploma. Corequisite: Students may not complete this course concurrently with upper division SD courses. Students with credit for SCD 201 or REM 201 or REM 281 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SD 381 - Sustainable Community Development Theory and Practice (4)

A theoretical foundation for understanding sustainable development at the community level, including an integrated approach to environmental, economic, and social aspects of development. Emphasizes economic and policy instruments, and planning tools, for engaging in and implementing SCD. Prerequisite: SCD certificate program approval and SCD 201 or REM 201 or REM 281 or SD 281 or SCD diploma program approval or completion of 60 units or permission of the Director of the Sustainable Development Program. 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 481 - Social Enterprise for Sustainable Community Development (4)

Third required course for the SCD Certificate. Introduction to the theory and practice of social enterprise within a SCD context, including the appropriate form of social enterprise for a particular purpose. Prerequisite: SD 381 or SCD 301 or REM 301 or REM 381, or permission of the Director of the Sustainable Development Program. 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
E200 Jeremy Stone
Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
SD 483 - Leadership in Sustainable Community Development (4)

Fourth required course for the SCD Certificate. Concerned with approaches SCD leaders require as agents of change, including: tackling complex community issues in addition to offering innovative tools for engaging others in meaningful collaboration processes. Prerequisite: SD 381 or SCD 301 or REM 301 or REM 381, or permission of the Director of the Sustainable Development Program. Students with credit for SCD 403 or REM 403 or REM 483 may not complete this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E200 Mark Roseland
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2945, Vancouver

The remaining minimum of four units are selected from a list of pre-approved electives, or other electives approved by the director. These include SD 499 Special Topics, offered annually with a changing SD related topic. Under circumstances where fieldwork or work experience is not available as part of a student’s major, minor or co-op program, the student may apply to complete SD 494 Project as their elective. Selecting a three unit elective means that more than one elective will be required to fulfil the minimum units for completion of the certificate. Electives may be either upper or lower division courses, but must be approved by the director. Courses in other departments may have prerequisites not included in this certificate program.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for work done at other institutions, before or after program admission, may be approved toward program fulfilment provided they meet the program's requirements for sustainable community development relevance and that at least half of the total unit requirements are completed at Simon Fraser University. All other requirements for transfer credit under general undergraduate regulations apply.

Limits

Those who complete the undergraduate certificate cannot enroll in the post baccalaureate diploma program (PBD). Those who have completed the CED or sustainable community development (SCD) PBD may not enroll in this certificate. Those who have completed CED 400 or CED 402 may not complete SD 281 or SD 381 for credit toward the certificate.

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