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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

Capstone course that synthesizes the learning of the preceding certificate courses. Relies on a team approach to the creation of a final action plan addressing a particular ‘messy, wicked’ challenge at the local level. Final action plan optimum length is 4,000 to 5,000 words. Submission of alternate formats (video, podcast, arts-based inquiry) upon pre-approval by instructor. Pre-requisite: CMDV500.
Course Credits: 3.0