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Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development

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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development (CED) Program strives to further equip practitioners to take on the challenge of strengthening local communities in an era of globalization and to participate in the process of progressive social change. Community economic development (CED) is understood in its widest sense, as an emerging, diverse field of practice accompanied by analysis of the social-economic context. CED promotes a holistic approach to practice issues and recognizes the complex, long-term nature of individual and collective empowerment processes. CED as a means to achieve social justice goals is critically analyzed and challenged from a range of perspectives. This program seeks to respond to the realities of community-based practitioners from a diverse range of fields. It is designed to enable participants to continue working while taking the program, whether full-time or half-time. As well, the program is structured to encourage Canada-wide participation while participants continue to be based and active in their home communities.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development
  • Course description
    Required courses (3 credits each, unless otherwise noted):

        * SCPA 501: Introduction to Community Economic Development
        * SCPA 502: Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution within CED Contexts
        * SCPA 503: Fundamental Skills for CED Practice
        * SCPA 504: Community Organizing and CED
        * SCPA 505: Social Enterprise Development and Social Entrepreneurship
        * SCPA 510: CED Field Project I (3 credits: Winter)
        * SCPA 511: CED Field Project II (3 credits: Summer)

    Elective Open Session courses (1 credit each, one taken from a selection each term),

        * SCPA 543A-Z: Open Sessions. A range of course topics are set each year. They have included: Feminist Approaches to CED: Parts I, II and III; and CED within Black Communities of Canada, Art and Social Change.

    Elective Area of Concentration courses (3 credits each, two taken from a selection offered during the Summer term)

    Each participant chooses two courses from the range of those Area of Concentration courses offered in a given year. Each Area of Concentration includes two 3-credit courses (Part I and Part II), notably:

        * International Development and CED (SCPA 529 & SCPA 530)
        * Aboriginal CED (SCPA 536 & SCPA 537)
        * Financing CED Initiatives (SCPA 508 & SCPA 509)
        * Housing and Land Use from a CED Perspective (SCPA 515 & SCPA 516)

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