The School of Community and Public Affairs offers a unique interdisciplinary education to undergraduate and graduate students in public policy analysis and advocacy and community and economic development, respectively. Since 1979, the School, particularly through the work of its students, has been a catalyst of public policy discussion and debate both locally and globally.
The School is a place where academic life and activism strengthen one another. Students and faculty explore such values as:
Students bring a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, varied academic backgrounds, and a broad spectrum of community involvement to a shared learning experience.
The bilingual Major in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies integrates the theoretical with the practical. Students are encouraged to be sensitive to the broad, social, economic and political factors that are part of the public policy process. Members of the School also pursue a department or interdisciplinary Honours, Specialization, or Major program.
The Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development (CED) is a 30-credit, three-semester program over one-year that addresses local economic sustainability and social vitality. Geared to community-based practitioners working with marginalized or capital-poor communities, the program strengthens participatory leadership and emphasizes reflective practice.
The Graduate Diploma in CED is offered in English beginning in the Fall of even-numbered years and in French beginning in the Fall of odd-numbered years. Courses are offered over one extended weekend per month to accommodate working students. The current year's program (2012-13) is offered in English. For more information, please see the Current Class Schedule.