Development and Sustainability
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.
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.
This program consists of a required seminar and elective course work for a minimum of 14 units.
Students must complete
A multidisciplinary survey of the issues that confront scholars and practitioners in development and sustainability, the major theories and concepts, and the methods used to analyze and interpret data, with a focus on historical and contemporary case studies. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in a graduate program at SFU. Students with credit for DEVS 801 cannot take SD 801 for further credit.
and three courses from at least two academic units
A study of the political, economic and social process that produces the structure and policies of mass media, and of telecommunication agencies in their historical setting.
Characterization of non-growing economies; mechanics of the process of economic development; the role of economic and non-economic factors; structural transformation in economic development.
Geographic perspectives on selected topics in economy and environment in Canadian and international contexts.
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10021, Burnaby
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
This is a survey course in global health. The course introduces students to fundamental concepts, frameworks and vocabulary that underwrite the logics of global health, as well as important histories and milestones in the field. A survey will be conducted of the most significant topic areas in the field, considering epidemiological patterns, etiology, approaches to improving health outcomes and the policy ramifications of our knowledge.
Focuses on the rationales and institutional arrangements needed for collective action to address the health impacts arising from globalization. Using case studies, the course provides understanding of the practical challenges of policy making and diplomacy in a global context. The roles and limitations of key institutional actors and governance instruments are assessed, along with emerging forms of global health governance as collective action responses to global health needs. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or permission of the Instructor.
Central role played by gender in health and development. Relationship of gender inequities to access to and control of resources needed to protect health. Use of gender lens in evaluating health systems and economic outcomes. Practical application of gender in health development approach to health financing, resource allocation policy problems in resource-constrained nations. A case studies approach. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or permission of the instructor.
Intersection of international affairs and global health. Pressing global health issues are analyzed as they intersect with the global economy, international development, and security. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program, or permission of the instructor.
'The quality of institutions' is now said to exercise a crucial influence on the prospects for development, and the course interrogates this claim both through analysis of different paths of economic growth and change across the developing world, and in regard to public administration and development management. It examines development policies and institutional theories, the politics of institutions and state formation, and the relationships between political systems, institutions and patterns of development. Prerequisite: Graduate students enrolled in the MA in International Studies, or permission of the instructor.
Examines the specific development experience of a selected region, taking account of the historical context, of state capacity, development strategies and of the political economy of development - as well as of the particular problems of development across different sectors of the economy, and the outcomes in regard to poverty and levels of well-being.
A general overview of social and political change in Latin America, including revolutions, independence, transition to democracy, and contemporary social movements. Theoretical approaches may include social-movement theory, democratic theory, etc. Students who have taken LAS 835 or SA 835 for credit may not take this course for further credit.
Covers topics appropriate to the program but not covered extensively in the core courses.
Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
Introduction to economic concepts for management of the environment and specific natural resources. Key issues are definitions of sustainability, the substitution capability between human-made and natural capital, and the appropriate application of economics to sustainable development analysis and policies. Equivalent Courses: MRM621 MRM662.
This course examines theoretical aspects of conflict and dispute resolution in natural resource management settings and is designed to assist students in understanding the nature of environmental conflict and the role of environmental dispute resolution (EDR) techniques. Equivalent Courses: MRM660 MRM662.
The course examines a combination of both ecological and market-based resource assessment and planning techniques for conservation and use of parks, forests, and protected areas. Visitor behavior and management in recreation and protected areas settings will be examined. Equivalent Courses: MRM647.
Management strategies and policies to achieve sustainable flows of energy and materials in the economy. Eco-efficiency strategies reduce these flows while resource substitution strategies seek more environmentally benign flows. Applies expertise from economics, ecology, thermodynamics, engineering, geology and behavioral sciences. Equivalent Courses: MRM650.
This course extends environmental and ecological economics concepts to the field of project appraisal and non-market valuation. Includes the methods and limitations of standard cost-benefit analysis (CBA), as well as new techniques in the valuation of non-market environmental resources and ways to incorporate considerations such as the depletion of natural resources in project work. The course concludes with treatment of a number of alternatives to CBA, including multi-attribute techniques and the precautionary principle. Prerequisite: ECON 200, REM 621, or permission of instructor.
Introduces students to issues of environmental resource use in developing countries. Covers environmental issues in development, integrated conservation and development projects, community-based resource management, and global and ecological economics perspectives. Includes a one-week field trip to Baja, Mexico.
Theory, background, and practical experience in the use of a range of techniques for policy modelling of energy and materials flows in society with the aim of demonstrating how more environmentally and socially sustainable trajectories can be achieved. Techniques include: simulation modelling, optimization modelling, econometric and other forms of parameter estimation, input-output modelling, game playing models, and integrated systems models. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Special topics in areas not currently offered within the offerings of the resource and environmental management program.
Special Topics in areas not currently offered within the offerings of the resource and environmental management program.
Intensive analysis or a particular topic in the fields of development and sustainability, intended for advanced students in the DEVS Graduate Certificate program. Prerequisite: To be in good standing in DEVS Certificate program. Students are expected to have completed SD 801, or may be taking it concurrently. Students with credit for DEVS 802 cannot take SD 802 for further credit.
Independent reading, research and/or field placement in the fields of development and sustainability, defined in consultation with a supervising instructor, and the Director of the program. This course is intended for advanced students in the DEVS Graduate Certificate program. Prerequisite: To be in good standing in DEVS Certificate program. Students are expected to have completed SD 801, or may be taking it concurrently. Students with credit for DEVS 803 cannot take SD 803 for further credit.
* Students are advised to complete this course in the first half of their graduate studies.
Students are expected to complete the program requirements within the first nine terms of their master's or doctoral program.
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.