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Certificate of Achievement Sustainability Studies


Sustainability theories and practices are increasingly important in our ever-changing world. Theories and practices can be applied to not only the environment, but to the economy and social systems. This certificate is truly interdisciplinary in nature with applications in business, government, education, and more. Students can build on their current or past post-secondary education. The Certificate of Achievement in Sustainability Studies consists of 2 core courses in addition to 2 electives with a sustainability focus. Learners do not need to be enrolled full-time to access the courses. 

Career Potential

Sustainability Studies offers learners an opportunity to engage in sustainable thinking, issues and ideas that are increasingly becoming the norm. Employers are now seeking experience and knowledge of sustainability when looking for new candidates. This certificate will set learners apart in the job market as it enhances existing knowledge with a new focus and approach. 

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Program Requirements

Required Courses: 6 credits in SUST courses including at least one of SUST 201 and SUST 3026
Introduction to Sustainability
Sustainability Challenges
Systems Thinking
Indigenous and Western Perspectives of Sustainability: Walking Side-by-Side
Topics in Sustainability
Elective Courses - 6 additional credits from the SUST courses or from the following list6
Circumpolar Peoples
Introduction to Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Indigeneity in Canada
Ecological Perspectives in Anthropology
Humans, Climate and Culture
Foundations in Sustainability Communication
Humans and Their Environment
Freshwater Ecology
Terrestrial Ecology
Population Ecology
Tropical Rainforest Ecology
Conservation Biology
Invasion Ecology and Management
Advanced Conservation Biology
Contemporary Issues in Freshwater Ecology
Introduction to Sustainable Business
Social Responsibility and Sustainability Management
Community Service Learning: Community Engagement
Community Service Learning: Building Local Community
Anthropogenic Climate Change
Urban Economics
Energy Economics
Economics of the Environment
Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Environmental Writing Since 1800
Health and Society
Global Health Perspectives
Indigenous Studies 200
Global Business and Sustainability
Sustainability and Responsible Marketing
Fostering Resilience in Priority Populations
Studies in the Philosophy of Nature
Environmental Policy and Politics
The Third World in Global Politics
Social Inequality
Politics and Social Change
Social Policy and Anti-Oppressive Practice
Community Practice Methods III
Social Work and Sustainability
Social Policy
Introduction to Social Work with Communities
Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities
Total Credits12

Certain Special Topics courses may also apply. Please email to inquire.

Program Regulations

The School of Continuing Education will be responsible for validating courses as part of the Certificate of Achievement and awarding the credential.