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

Sustainable Community Development

Post Baccalaureate Diploma

This program is for those with an undergraduate degree or equivalent. The diploma is applicable to a wide range of occupational, professional and academic fields. By combining courses from several disciplines with a specially designed core of study and opportunities for guided practice, the program provides unique perspectives on sustainable community development.

Admission Requirements

General undergraduate admission to the University and formal application for program approval with the centre is required. Students must complete a bachelor's degree or equivalent before applying to 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-/post-baccalaureate-diploma.html

Program Requirements

Students complete a total of 30 upper division units, including 16 units in the following required courses.

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
SD 494 - Project in Sustainable Development (4)

Provides students an opportunity to apply ideas and models acquired in the program to a practical problem in sustainable development. Required for SCD PBD students. Certificate students must apply for special permission to take this course. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director of the Sustainable Development Program. Students with credit for SCD 404 may not take this course for further credit.

In addition to these required courses, students must complete at least 14 units in elective courses. Select electives from the SD electives (SD 491, 499) and from a variety of departments, in consultation with the Sustainable Development academic advisor. A list of pre-approved electives is available but students may also propose courses that meet the following requirements.

  • the proposed course must be an upper division course (300-400 division) or higher.
  • the elective proposal must be submitted and approved, in writing, before enrolling and include the course description. Students should complete electives early in the enrollment period.
  • the proposed course must meet the SD program's content requirements for being thematically related to SCD or applicable skills for SCD field work. It must be sufficiently related by topic to SCD (e.g. underdevelopment, regional planning, public planning processes) and/or provide research and other skills relevant to SCD practice (e.g. business management, organizational behavior, fieldwork methodologies, qualitative and quantitative analysis). Determination of relevance and applicability will be made by the SD director or their designate.
  • a proposed directed studies course from another department requires a detailed study plan to be approved in advance by the SD director and the chosen faculty supervisor. The project’s final report must be submitted to the director as well as to the named faculty member.

Students are responsible for prerequisite or other clearances to gain course entry. Many departments waive introductory courses for those with extensive experience. However, other Simon Fraser University departments give course enrollment priority to their own students and will not necessarily permit SCD students to enroll. Check all Calendar entries and consult both department and SD advisors before enrolling.

Other restrictions may apply.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for work done at other institutions, before or after admission to the program, may be approved provided it meets SCD requirements for relevance to sustainable community development and provided that at least 18 of the total units are completed at Simon Fraser University. All other requirements for transfer credit under general post baccalaureate programs regulations apply.

Applications for transfer credit must be initiated at the time of application for admission to Simon Fraser University or by requesting a Letter of Permission from the admissions office. A GPA of 2.5 in all required and elective courses must be maintained in order to be credited toward the diploma and for continuance in the program.

More information on program is available at the Sustainable Development website: www.sfu.ca/susdevprogram.html.