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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 students’ creativity and initiative, systems and critical thinking, change leadership, and efficacy in community development, when applied with experience and learning with theory, can be used to develop practical, integrated and effective solutions for community sustainability and vitality. Pre-requisites: CMDV500 and CMDV525.
Course Credits: 3.0