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Cmty Dev & Apld Econ: Sustainable Community Dev

CDAE 102 OL1 (CRN: 60348)

3 Credit Hours

About CDAE 102 OL1

Introduction to perspectives and methods used to develop healthy communities that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable with rural and urban, U.S. and international examples. Prerequisites: CDAE 002, ENVS 002, or Instructor permission.


Dates: July 15 - August 9, 2019; Pre-req: CDAE 061 or equivalent

Section Description

CDAE 102 is a core course for the three majors offered in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics: Community Entrepreneurship, Community & International Development, and Public Communication. We also welcome students from a diverse range of majors from across UVM. This course provides an introduction to perspectives, methods, and strategies used to develop healthy communities that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable at a local scale. Using rural and urban examples, we will investigate sustainable community development using the community capitals framework. Students will be introduced to the complex issues facing local communities, from community health and energy to housing, agriculture, and community economic development. Tools and strategies for addressing these issues will be a focus of the recorded course lectures, discussion, readings, and film clips. Our four (intense!) weeks online “together” will be dedicated to understanding and applying key threshold concepts of sustainable community development. You will investigate a community of place (in the United States) of your choosing using the community capitals framework on our course blog, “Communities in Action”. Students in this course will be able to do the following: 1. Recognize complex inter-relationships that exist between our social, economic and natural systems in terms of sustainability and community development; 2. Analyze community development initiatives, challenges, and projects using the community capitals framework and a systems-thinking mindset; 3. Examine a community using a variety of sources, ranging from data from the US Census Bureau, municipal reports, state data sources, and organizational indicators to information from national and local media; 4. Demonstrate critical and thoughtful understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the community development field; and 5. Articulate their personal role and interest in developing sustainable communities that are healthy, resilient places to work, live, and play.

Section Expectation

Sustainable community development requires us all to be critical thinkers and effective communicators in order to seek solutions to the complex issues facing our communities. Students are expected to be active, engaged, and respectful participants in our online learning environment. Class modules will be a mix of lecture, discussion sessions, writing assignments, and quizzes. Students will be asked to reflect on their individual roles as responsible citizens in sustainable community development. Please refer to UVM’s Our Common Ground statement to be familiar with the values that have been identified as being core to our shared experience as members of the UVM community.


My Community Profile - 10% Community Capitals Blog Posts (5% each for 8) - 40% Letter of Intent - 15% Course Discussion Sessions (4 sessions @ 5% each) - 20% Weekly Quizzes (3 quizzes @ 5% each) - 15%




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