The Sustainable Development (SD) certificate program explores social, economic, and environmental sustainability in theory and practice, from local and international perspectives. Framed within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the certificate offers an applied, multi-disciplinary credential. Classes are small and highly participatory, involving learning through cases, real-world examples, guest speakers, projects, policy design and social enterprise development.
The program is developed to meet students' need for cost and time effective accreditation: (1) the SD courses may be applied also to major or minor programs of a bachelor's degree while earning a practical credential; (2) several courses can be used to meet breath requirements; (3) the certificate can also be earned as a stand-alone accreditation, without completing a degree; and (4) the required courses can be completed in three to four terms in the classroom or partly in the classroom and partly by distance education.
Interested students may declare this certificate through the Sustainable Development Program Advisor in the Faculty of Environment.
Students may take SD courses without applying for the certificate and may apply SD courses and approved electives completed prior to admission toward the certificate.
Students complete five (5) courses, of which four (4) must be SD courses. Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in all SD courses to obtain the certificate.
and 3 of the following upper division SD courses
and one (1) elective course chosen from the following:
- an additional upper-level SD course from list above, or
- a course from the list of approved elective courses, or
- a course approved by the program director
Students must have taken SD 281 to enroll in any 400-level SD course. Elective courses in other departments may have prerequisites not included here.
BUS 272 - Behaviour in Organizations (3)
BUS 303 - Business, Society and Ethics (3)
BUS 360W - Business Communication (4)
BUS 361 - Project Management (3)
BUS 374 - Organization Theory (3)
BUS 453 - Sustainable Innovation (3)
BUS 475 - Sustainable Operations (3)
BUS 489 - Management Practices for Sustainability (3)
CMNS 200 -Effective Communications (3)
CMNS 346 - Development Communication (4)
CMNS 347 - Communication in Conflict and Intervention (4)
CMNS 348 - Globalization and Media (4)
CMNS 349 - Environment, Media and Communication (4)
CMNS 353 - Topics in Technology and Society (4)
GEOG 377 - Environmental History (4)
GEOG 383 - Regional Development and Planning
GEOG 389W - Nature and Society (4)
GEOG 424 - Cities, Transportation, Infrastructure (4)
GEOG 432 - Problems in Environmental History (4)
GEOG 441 - Cities, Spaces and Politics (4)
GEOG 449 - City and Environment (4)
HIST 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4)
HIST 327 - Canadian Labor and Working Class History (4)
HIST 358 - Development, Aid and Difference in Historical Perspective (4)
HIST 377 - Environmental History (4)
HIST 428 - Problems in the Social and Economic History of Canada (4)
HIST 432 - Problems in Environmental History (4)
IS 358 - Development, Aid and Difference in Historical Perspective (4)
IS 410 - Politics, Institutions and Development (4)
IS 421 - The Economics of International Organizations and Development (4)
POL 221 - Introduction to Canadian Government (3)
POL 251 - Intro to Canadian Public Administration (3)
POL 327 - Globalization & the Canadian State (4)
POL 342 - Developing Countries in Global Politics (4)
POL 343 - Global Political Economy (4)
POL 352 - Urban and Local Governance in Canada (4)
POL 353 - Public Sector Management (4)
POL 354 - Comparative Metropolitan Governance (4)
POL 423 - B.C. Government and Politics (4)
POL 454 - Urban Public Policy Making (4)
Resource and Environmental Management
REM 311 - Applied Ecology (3)
REM 350 - Energy Management for a Sustainable Climate and Society (4)
REM 356W - Environmental Policy (3)
REM 445 - Environmental Risk Assessment (4)
REM 454 - Water Security (4)
Sociology and Antropology
SA 302W - Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (SA) (4)
SA 316 - Tourism and Social Policy (S) (4)
SA 326 - Food, Ecology and Social Thought (S) (4)
SA 340 - Social Issues and Social Policy Analysis (SA) (4)
SA 345 - Race, Immigration and the Canadian State (S) (4)
Transfer credit may be approved toward program fulfilment provided it meets the program's requirements for sustainable development relevance and SFU's residency requirements.
General SFU Certificate regulations apply. Units applied to one certificate may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma. Those who complete the undergraduate certificate cannot enroll in the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Development.