Undergraduate Certificate in SCD

OVERVIEW

The Sustainable Community Development (SCD) certificate combines theory with practice. Certificate students gain a broad knowledge base while applying concepts and practices taught by top professionals in the field. Guest speakers, group work, problem solving and communication skill development are features of all SCD courses.  The SCD Certificate program offers a wide range of theoretical and practicable approaches to alternate economic strategies and to ecologically sustainable communities, both rural and urban.

This program offers recognition to those who seek accreditation in community-based social and economic development. It offers a practical credential within an undergraduate degree with little or no extra cost because SD courses can be used to meet both lower and upper breadth requirements for a degree.

This program has been developed with the student’s need for cost and time effective accreditation in mind. Its four required SD courses and four units of pre-approved electives can be completed in two to three terms, either in the classroom or entirely by distance education. For part-time study or in combination with a Bachelor’s program, this Certificate is also time effective. It can be completed in five terms, one course at a time in sequence, by combining classroom and distance education options.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Students complete 19 units of core SD courses (15 units) and approved elective courses (4 units).

Required courses are:

  • SD/REM 281-3 - Introduction to Sustainable Community development
  • SD/REM 381-4 - Sustainable Community Development Theory and Practice
  • SD/REM 481-4 - Social Enterprise for Sustainable Community Development
  • SD/REM 483-4 - Leadership for Sustainable Community Development

The remaining 4 units (minimum) are selected from a list of approved multidisciplinary elective courses.

Note: Students must attain a grade of at least C+ in each of SD/REM 281 and SD/REM 381 for continuance in the program and also maintain CGPA of at least 2.5 over all SD courses to obtain the Certificate.

Note: Units applied to one certificate may be applied also to major or minor programs of a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs but may not be applied to another SFU certificate or diploma.

See the SFU Calendar for complete details.

ADMISSION

Requirements (all students):

  • A minimum 2.50 CGPA is required.
  • Students must complete 30 units before applying.
  • Complete the online SD Program Application Form and submit it along with your transcripts to: scdadmin@sfu.ca.

SFU alumni: If you are a SFU alumni or were once a SFU student and have been deactivated you will also need to apply to SFU for Reactivation/Readmission. Your application for approval to the Undergraduate Certificate in SCD is subordinate to your reactivation/readmission.

Non-SFU students: Your application for approval to the Undergraduate Certificate in SCD is subordinate to your application to the university for admission, and conditional upon you receiving admission to SFU. These are two completely separate applications.  Visit SFU Admissions for information on how to apply to SFU as a new student and for university application deadlines.

University graduates (degree holders): Applicants holding degree(s) from a recognized university may be admitted to undergraduate studies to undertake the SCD Undergraduate Certificate and would apply to SFU under the ‘University graduates (degree holders)’ admission category.

 

 

Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Community Development

OVERVIEW

The Sustainable Community Development Post Baccalaureate Diploma (“post bac” or PBD) is a program designed for those who already have an undergraduate degree or the equivalent. It is not a master’s degree, but it is more advanced than a Bachelor’s degree and is an excellent fit for those who are making a major change of field in later life, or who have previously obtained a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline.

This PBD program combines SCD theory and guided practice, plus upper division pre-approved electives from many disciplines permitting students to shape their program to their own interests. This program includes a required, student-designed practicum/project with a community organization.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Students complete 30 units of core SD courses (16 units) and approved upper division elective courses (14 units).

Required courses are:

  • SD/REM 381-4 - Sustainable Community Development Theory and Practice
  • SD/REM 481-4 - Social Enterprise for Sustainable Community Development
  • SD/REM 483-4 - Leadership for Sustainable Community Development
  • SD 494-4 - Project in Sustainable Development

The remaining 14 units (minimum) are selected from a list of approved upper division multidisciplinary elective courses.

Note: Units applied to one diploma may not be applied to another SFU certificate or diploma or degree.

See the SFU Calendar for complete details.

ADMISSION

Requirements (all students):

  • A minimum 2.50 CGPA is required.
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree (in any discipline).
  • Complete the online SD Program Application Form and submit it along with your transcripts to: scdadmin@sfu.ca

SFU alumni: If you are a SFU alumni or were once a SFU student and have been deactivated you will also need to apply to SFU for Reactivation/Readmission. Your application for approval to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in SCD is subordinate to your reactivation/readmission.

Non-SFU students: Your application for approval to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in SCD is subordinate to your application to the university for admission, and conditional upon you receiving admission to SFU. These are two completely separate applications.  Visit SFU Admissions for information on how to apply to SFU as a new student and for university application deadlines.  Applicants would apply to SFU under the ‘University graduates (degree holders)’ admission category.