Community Development Minor

Community development involves community members working in collaboration with churches and other nonprofit organizations, governments, businesses, and academia to engage the community in hearing the community’s stories and challenges, revealing and mobilizing its resources, and engaging in solutions and opportunities together.

The Community Development Minor is a unique, interdisciplinary minor providing students opportunities to experience and explore community development through three distinct tracks. Each track combines a mix of theory and practice as students take part in field or travel courses to directly observe and experience community development programs on the ground.

Community Development Minor in Calgary

Domestic Poverty

This track introduces students to the nature, causes, and consequences of poverty. Consideration will be given to the impact of poverty and the ways in which social and economic policy, along with social enterprises, work to address poverty elimination in a Canadian context.

Community Development Minor in Calgary

International Development

This track prepares students for involvement in international communities and economic development, as well as in missional organizations in poorer communities and regions of the world. Issues of social justice such as poverty, inequality and oppression will be addressed.

Community Development Minor in Calgary

Nonprofit Management

This track equips students for the process of managing nonprofit organizations and their everchanging external environments, in areas such as strategic leadership and governance, marketing and communication, fundraising and financial management, as well as human resource and volunteer management.

 


Courses in each track are drawn from a variety of disciplines:

behavioral sciences
business
development studies
economics
intercultural studies
psychology
religion
sociology

Domestic Community Development Electives
  • BHS 450 Intersections Between Poverty & Government Policy
  • PS 306/DVST 306 Basic Skills & Practice for Working with Individuals who are Vulnerable and Homeless
  • DVST 309 Community Development for Local Congregations
  • PS 307 The Psychological Impacts of Poverty
  • PS 330 Understanding Indigenous Knowledge in Post-Colonial Contexts
  • CPI Summer Institute courses*
  • REL 405 Special Topics in Christian Studies*
General Community Development Electives
  • BHS 350 Shock Poverty
  • BUS 305/DVST 305 Management of Non-Profit Organizations
  • ECO 110 Intro to Micro- and Macro-Economics
  • ICS 205 Intercultural Competence
  • ICS 302 Ethnography
  • SO 220 Social Problems
  • SO 300 Ethnic Relations
  • SO 399 Sociology of Poverty
  • CPI Summer Institute courses*
  • REL 405 Special Topics in Christian Studies*

* Where relevant and with permission.

 


 

Domestic Poverty Track
(18 credits)

Required courses:

  • DVST 210 Intro to Community Development
  • BUS 301/DVST 301 Intermediate Domestic Community Development

One of:

  • ICS 205 Intercultural Competence
  • PS 306/DVST 306 Basic Skills and Practice for Working with Individuals who are Vulnerable and Homeless

One of:

  • BHS 350 Shock Poverty
  • PS 307 The Psychological Impacts of Poverty
  • SO 220 Social Problems
  • SO 399 Sociology of Poverty

Two courses from:

  • Above categories
  • Domestic Community Development Electives
  • General Community Development Electives
  • DVST Practicum
International Development Track
(18 credits)

Required courses:

  • DVST 210 Intro to Community Development
  • BUS 302/DVST 302 Intermediate International Community Development
  • BUS 304/DVST 304 or BUS 404/DVST 404 Travel Study
  • ICS 205 Intercultural Competence

Two courses from:
General Community Development Electives

  • BUS/DVST 261 Global Business Practices
  • BUS/DVST 323 Responsible and Impact Investing
  • DVST 402/SO 402 Human Trafficking
  • ICS 202 Cultural Anthropology
  • ICS 303 Global Forms of Violence Against Women
  • SO 403 Global Criminology
Nonprofit Management Track
(18 credits)

Required courses:

  • DVST 210 Intro to Community Development
  • BUS 305/DVST 305 Management of Non-Profit Organizations

Two of the following:

  • BUS 381/DVST 381 Societal and Social Marketing
  • BUS 341/DVST 341 Leadership Theory and Practice
  • BUS 441/DVST 441 Advanced Leadership
  • BUS 455/DVST 445 Special Topics in Leadership
  • ECO 110 Introduction to Micro and Macro-Economics

One of:

  • BUS 301/DVST 301 Intermediate Domestic Community Development
  • BUS 302//DVST 302 Intermediate International Community Development
  • One course from any category above or any other Community Development track

 

 

** If a class is chosen in one category, it may not be chosen again in a subsequent category.

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