Program Learning Outcomes
To develop a holistic (economic, social, environmental, political, and cultural), critical understanding of the global and local contexts in which communities are situated, and the skills to work within such contexts for the enhancement of just, inclusive and sustainable communities, with a special emphasis on smaller urban, rural, northern, First Nation, and Indigenous communities.
- Describe multiple conceptual and theoretical bases for community development knowledge and practice including the social construction of theory and practice that may reflect social injustices.
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of holistic (economic, social, environmental, political, and cultural) sustainable community development and inclusive community engagement and planning.
- Understand the current state of knowledge in sustainable community development within an interdisciplinary framework; demonstrate an ability to apply critical analysis to global and local contexts, community development problems, and relevant policy environment(s); and display intellectual abilities and scholarly attitudes of curiosity, open-mindedness and reasoning, and commitment to lifelong learning.
- Understand community development’s origins, purposes, and practices.
- Understand the smaller urban, rural, northern, First Nation, and Indigenous realities in Canada and the implications of these realities for sustainable development policy and the practice of community development.
- Within a decolonizing research framework, understand and utilize community-based research methods and other supportive methodologies in all facets of community development knowledge and work.
- Understand and support sustainable community development in Northern Ontario and Indigenous communities, including the importance of collaborative relationships in a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder environment with community organizations and professionals in smaller urban, rural, northern, First Nation, and Indigenous environments.
- Practice holistic (economic, social, environmental, political, and cultural) strengths-based community development, at the entry-level, with diverse populations drawing on critical/Indigenous/rural/northern approaches.
- Demonstrate decolonizing, inclusive, and collaborative community development practice, at the entry level, based in an understanding of smaller urban, rural, northern, First Nation, and Indigenous history, culture, treaties, and legislative frameworks, and community organizational systems.
- Ability to utilize community economic development tools and business practices (e.g. strategic planning, SWOT analyses, triple-bottom line budgeting, and accounting) to further community development in smaller urban, rural, northern, First Nation, and Indigenous communities.
- Communicate effectively in written, spoken and audio- visual formats using current technology both in academic and field settings, and employ various modes of technology in the practice of community development in northern, rural, Indigenous and remote communities.
- Understand the limits to one’s own knowledge through recognizing the depth and breadth of historical, cultural, political and geographical contexts beyond one’s own understanding related to smaller urban, rural, northern, First Nation and Indigenous communities, and how this might impact one’s analyses, interpretation, and practice of community development.
- Demonstrate an awareness of self in terms of anti-oppressive values, beliefs and experiences as these impact upon community development practice and the ability to employ the principles of positive self-care in personal and professional settings.
- Promote community development practice in the context of grassroots community resiliency by understanding the ability of communities to meet their own needs.