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CMDV500: Core Principles of Sustainable Community Development

Familiarizes students with the history of the concept of sustainable development and its core principles. Discusses innovations happening on the ground in Canadian communities. Grounded in systems thinking, emphasis will be placed on new models of collaboration, integrated decision-making and planning, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Examines key issues to provide a deep understanding of the complexities of solving and implementing such ‘messy, wicked’ problems. Emphasis will be placed on ‘making a difference through research’, learning and using modern research dissemination tools including social media channels.
Course Credits: 3.0

CMDV525: Applied Community Development - Case Studies

Builds upon the core principles of sustainable community development by applying them to real-life “messy, wicked” sustainability challenges and place-based evidence decision-making. Includes a residency period that is hands-on and highly experiential. Designed to explore issues and barriers, dialogue and consult, and convene public forums and presentations in the examination of ecological, social and economic imperatives of a particular community. The very principles of sustainable community development: collaboration, creativity, integration, adaptation, diversity, and regeneration, will guide the learning. Residency location will vary by offering. Prerequisite: CMDV500.
Course Credits: 3.0

CMDV550: Sustainable Community Development Collaboratory

Explores the use of “collaboratory” approaches to foster team and inclusive system-wide perspectives in creating and presenting Action Plans to address ‘messy’, ’wicked’ challenges for community sustainable development at the local level. Examines role of conscious change leaders and agents in building organizational and civil society change capacity as part of a larger design process for sustainable development. Demonstrates how, when applied with experience and learning with theory, students’ creativity and initiative, systems and critical thinking, change leadership, and efficacy in community development can be used to develop practical, integrated and effective solutions for community sustainability and vitality. Pre-requisites: CMDV500 and CMDV525.
Course Credits: 3.0

ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity

The Introduction to Academic Integrity course illustrates academic integrity and plagiarism in real-life scenarios. A clear sense of academic honesty and responsibility is fundamental to good scholarship, and the integrity of university academic work and the degrees conferred by the university is dependent upon the honesty and soundness of the teacher-student learning relationship and of the evaluation process. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism, and other academic offences. The Introduction to Academic Integrity course serves as a helpful, interactive companion to the academic integrity policy and procedures outlined in the Student Policies & Procedures, which contains the policies and procedures that guide academic life at Royal Roads and support our mission as a university.
Course Credits: 0.0