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Sustainable Development Program | Faculty of Environment Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2021

Sustainable Development

Post Baccalaureate Diploma

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Summer 2020.

The Post Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Sustainable Development is a post-undergraduate program. This program is for people who have recently finished a degree and want to bridge to a Sustainability-related career or those with professional experience in Sustainability who wish to obtain an academic credential. It is also an excellent fit for people who are making a major change of field.

This PBD combines courses in Sustainable Development (SD) theory and guided practice, plus upper division electives from various disciplines, permitting students to shape the diploma to their own interests. The diploma focuses on the community or city scale, while making linkages to the global scale, and includes a required, student-designed practicum/project to address a particular problem in SD.

The program may be completed entirely in the classroom or partly in the classroom and partly by distance education.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Summer 2020.

Admission is a two-step process: General undergraduate admission to the University and formal application for approval with the Sustainable Development Program is required. Students must complete a bachelor's degree or equivalent before applying to this program.

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: core SD courses (16 units) and approved electives (14 units). Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on courses applied toward the diploma.

Students complete all of

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 Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Andreanne Doyon
TBD
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 Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD

and one of

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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.

SD 499 - Special Topics in Sustainable Development (4)

A specific topic within the field of sustainable development, not covered by regularly scheduled, required courses in the program. The subject matter may vary from term to term. Prerequisite: 60 units or admission to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Development. Students with credit for DEVS 402 or SCD 410 with the same topic may not take this course for further credit.

and 14 units of electives, chosen from

a list of approved elective courses, or with approval by the program director.

Some of the electives have prerequisites not included in the PBD requirements. Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites of all courses.

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 post baccalaureate diploma regulations apply.

Units applied to one diploma may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma or degree.

Those who complete the Post Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Sustainable Development cannot enroll in the Sustainable Development Certificate.

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