Studying Community Development and Planning in Canada
As mentioned above, there are several types of community development degrees. The interdisciplinary degree gives students an overall education in civil planning and policy making through studies in disciplines including economics, social work, education, political science, sociology and planning. A community health degree may be taken in preparation for or as an enhancement for a medical career (or for one in medical administration). These are sometimes offered through arts or sciences departments, or through the university’s medical school. Another form of specialization usually involves the planning and architecture department of a university, and is geared more toward training specifically in community planning (for more information on planning, visit the University of Waterloo’s site: http://www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/planning/about/whatisplanning.html). In all programs, there is usually a component of professional, hands-on experience in the community to the degree; furthermore, all students in community development programs learn to develop their own informed critiques of current public policy and to create improvements of that policy that are sensitive to the needs of their communities.
Study and Work in Community Development and Planning in Canada