Associate of Arts - Sustainable Communities Specialization
Associate of Arts
Sustainable Community Development Program “From the Home to the Land”
Do you want to work at the intersection of nature and cities, indigenous wisdom and modern technology, permaculture, ecology and economy?
Can you imagine yourself working at the leading edge of the biggest social, cultural and economic shift since the Industrial Revolution, helping communities, companies and nations grapple with the opportunities and threats of a rapidly changing world?
With an SCD Associate Degree, you can begin working with communities immediately or continue on to a Bachelor of Arts program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) or Royal Roads University (RRU).
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Dates and locations
|September and January||Prince Rupert Campus|
The “Home to the Land” concept of learning describes the multi-disciplinary integrated approach to creating a sustainable community that provides economic opportunities and a healthy socially engaged community that limits its impact on the natural environment.
Utilizing the 3 foundational ethics of permaculture; people care, earth care, and fair share, students will develop leadership and organizational skills along with a deep insight into the relationships between family, community structure, First Nations perspectives, the political system, the role of resource extraction on community development, and different models for economic development.
|6 Credits in 1st Year English||6|
|Technical Writing I|
|9 Credits of Science which include:||9|
3 Credits of the following Computer Science, Math, or Statistics Courses:
|Introduction to Computer Science|
3 Credits in a Laboratory Science of the following:
|Physical Geography II: Geology, Geomorphology and Soils|
|Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)|
3 Credits in Science with or without Lab:
|People and the Environment|
or GEOG 210
|Environments and Society|
|36 credits of Arts which include:||36|
6 credits in Humanities
|Geography of Food|
|Introductory to First Nations Studies|
|Canada Since Mid-19th Century|
|History of British Columbia|
|Intro to Women's Studies|
or SUST 207
|Equality and Sustainability|
6 Credits in Social Sciences
|Aboriginal Community Research|
or FNST 210
|Aboriginal Health: Community Wellness & Healing|
|Regional Geography of B C|
|Canadian Politics and Government|
|International Political Economy|
|Introductory Sociology I|
|Introductory Sociology II|
|Sociology of the Family|
or SOCI 206
|The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective|
or SOCI 270
|Sociology of Community|
|Intro Sustainable Community Development|
|9 Credits of Additional Arts, Science, or Other Areas||9|
- Apply direct to the University Credit Program
- Submit proof of English Studies 12 or First People's English 12 or equivalent
- Once admitted, register in the courses required for this specialization
Course prerequisites include:
- Math 11
The prerequisites for individual courses are outlined in the course descriptions. Students missing prerequisites may enrol in Career & College Preparation (CCP) upgrading courses while completing the program.
English proficiency is required for all students entering CMTN programs. Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met.
Need help with the application process? Contact an Educational Advisor.
Admission to an intake does not guarantee completion in 2 years.
|Full-time:||30 credits||30 credits|
|Lab Fees (15.54 per credit)1:||$47.55||$47.55|
|Student union fees2:||$83.48||$83.48|
|Books & supplies2:||$2000.00||$2000.00|
|Field School Fees3:||$900.00||$900.00|
|Total Program Cost:||$6,098.83||$15,694.26|
Tuition and fees effective August 1, 2019 for the 2019/20 Academic Year.
1Lab fees are mandatory. All associate degrees require a minimum 3 credits in a laboratory science, and students may take up to 42 lab credits.
2Costs are approximate and may vary depending on courses taken. Student union fees are term based.
3Field schools have additional costs between $100 - $900 per field school, depending on the location and the activities. Field schools are not a mandatory component of all associate degrees, however students are strongly encouraged to attend a field school during the spring/summer semester. Associate Degrees specializing in Environmental Geoscience are encouraged to attend a minimum of two field schools. Field schools are subject to different deposit requirements and refund rules.
4Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.
Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to secure work in the following settings:
- Local government/regional districts
- First Nation communities
- Consulting firms
- NGO’s – e.g. Community Futures, Northern Development Initiative, etc.
- Community development organizations – e.g. Kaien Island Anti-Poverty
- Social enterprises
The type of work graduates may be employed could include the following activities:
- Upgrading the efficiency of energy use in buildings, products, and transportation systems
- Adopting and implementing sustainable forestry, fisheries, soil, and watershed management practices
- Expanded delivery and use of information technologies
- Sustainable tourism activities centered around areas of environmental, cultural, and historic significance
- Recycling and re-manufacturing of solid and hazardous waste into marketable products
- Accelerated and expanded development of marine and freshwater aquaculture
- Adding value to fish, agricultural, and forest products
- Developing, manufacturing, and marketing products, services, and technologies that reduce environmental burdens
Laddering towards the completion of a Bachelor’s degree can occur at Royal Roads University with a BA in Environmental Practice and with the SFU Centre for Sustainable Development undergraduate Certificate Program.
The SFU certificate program exists within the traditional 4 year degree program of which there are a number of streams a student could follow for degree completion. Choose one of those streams and take 3rd and 4th year Sustainable Community courses as your electives.