Social challenges require collaboration from multiple sectors to make a difference in our world. The program provides students with an interdisciplinary, systems approach to making transformative changes to our communities. The program combines social justice and social change principles with strategic skills and knowledge from the non profit, government and business sectors. Curriculum includes study in the following areas: social challenges, community development, social entrepreneurship, business, fundraising, and event planning, human resources and leadership development.
Through experiential learning, students participate in the community building process and become facilitators of social change. By engaging directly with communities, students learn to appreciate and build upon the strengths of the community and utilize multiple perspectives to effectively make a difference.
Many employment opportunities in this field may be found in the nonprofit and government sectors in areas such as community development, program and event planning, and in the newly emerging field of social entrepreneurship and innovation. The primary career categories include: Community Development Worker Community Outreach Worker Community Economic Development Worker Community Event Planner Community Project Manager Social Entrepreneur Social Innovator
OSSD or equivalent with
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/
Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check
Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.
NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.
Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record, Standard First Aid and CPR certification before proceeding on field placement. It is recommended that First Aid training is completed prior to program entry.
- CDSI 1000 - Introduction to Community Development and Social Innovation (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
- ENTR 1004 - Social Entrepreneurship (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
- HUMN 1007 - Information Ecosystems for Human Services (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
- HUMN 1008 - Success in Human Services and Beyond (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
- CDSI 1001 - Financial Accountability and Resource Development in the Community Sector (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- CDSI 1002 - Community Service Learning and Contemporary Social Issues (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- MGMT 1003 - Event Planning and Project Management (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- SSWK 1013 - Social Welfare and Political Ideologies (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- HURM 2006 - Human Resource Practices in the Community Sector (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
- MKTG 2037 - Public Relations and Marketing in the Community Sector (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
- SSWK 2009 - Field Placement Seminar 1 (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
- SSWK 2014 - Community Practice in Social Service Work (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
- CDSI 2001 - Community Impact and Evaluation Methodologies (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- FNCE 2015 - Social Finance (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- GNED 1011 - Developing Leadership (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- SSWK 2006 - Community Development: Advocacy for Social and Economic Justice (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- SSWK 2010 - Field Placement Seminar 2 (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 1)
- Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 2)
General education courses
- Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)
- Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 2)
- Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 3)
- CDSI 2000 - Field Placement 1 (Semester 3)
- CDSI 2002 - Field Placement 2 (Semester 4)