In this essay, I position Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) as central to decolonizing theory and praxis in relation to education and economic or social development in Aboriginal communities. While there are many local and national examples of good work in this regard, as witnessed in RCAP, I also draw attention to the work of postcolonial thinkers and especially the Maori of New Zealand - their resistance, conscientization, and theory-making - to inspire and to give new, high validity language for the development agenda in Aboriginal communities in Canada.
This program prepares you to meet the growing needs of employers in the rapidly expanding field of alternate energy, sustainability, and energy systems management. You're involved in energy auditing and modeling of existing conventional heating and lighting systems, as well as specifying energy efficiency improvements for residential and commercial buildings. You learn how to analyze site characteristics, client needs and advise on improving energy efficiency through, building design/renovation, HVAC system improvements, and the addition of renewable energy.
Development and Sustainability studies are focused on socio-economic, ecological, and technological changes that affect the quality of life of individuals and groups in different environments all over the world.
The Master of Applied Environmental Studies (MAES) in Local Economic Development (LED) is a one-year Master's program that balances theory and practice. Your eight one-term courses and research paper will give you the theory behind economic and community development. Through a four-month internship and weekly seminars with professors and economic development professionals, you'll gain practical skills and valuable experience.
The focus of the degree is on the theory and practice of the distinctive social, economic, political and legal environments of Indigenous governance. Planning is underway to complement the current thesis-based program with a second option involving a cooperative work placement and a third option of course work and a comprehensive examination, expected to be available in the future.
This graduate level program is intended to train you – aspiring development practitioners – to understand and manage global sustainable development challenges across health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and management disciplines. As a graduate of the MDP Program, you will be a new class of development practitioners versed in the holistic process with the skills to work with anyone – anywhere in the world.
Designed and delivered in collaboration with faculty and experts–such as Dr. Ann Dale, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development and Trudeau Foundation Research Fellow – this six-month, interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development program will enhance your leadership skills, and impart the essential economic, social, environmental, and cultural knowledge and skills needed to develop sustainable communities. The program’s flexible schedule allows you to further your education while maintaining professional and personal responsibilities.
A Post Baccalaureate Diploma (”post bac” or PBD) is a program designed for those who already have undergraduate degrees or the equivalent. It is not a master’s degree, but it is more advanced than a Bachelor’s degree. Totaling 30 units, this PBD program combines SCD theory and guided practice, plus 300- and 400-level electives from many disciplines. Four SCD core courses (SCD 301, 401, 403, 404) plus four to five pre-approved elective courses permit students to shape their program to their own interests.