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New Certificate program in Regional Policy and Development designed with NL in mind

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When it comes to regional policy and development issues, Newfoundland and Labrador is a unique place, with specific challenges and opportunities— that’s why Memorial University’s Division of Lifelong Learning is proud to announce a new university-level certificate in regional policy and development, specially tailored to meet the needs of this province.

Created and proposed in partnership with the Harris Centre and the Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Economic Development Association (NLREDA), the program’s first students will begin classes in September, 2010.

While some of the elective courses will be located at Memorial’s St. John’s campus, many of the courses will be offered online, reducing the need for individuals to travel for training in regional policy and development issues, and offering an in-province training option.

Aimed at those working, or interested in working, in regional development and policy, the program will be a strong professional development opportunity for a wide range of individuals, from those employed with regional economic development boards and municipalities, to those with not-for-profit agencies, social enterprises or in government.

With a broad range of required and elective courses spanning seven Memorial departments, the program will help students make informed decisions related to regional policy and development, focusing on various key topics including strategic planning, management, economic development, and others.

Throughout the planning of the certificate, there was a continued emphasis on ensuring the content of the program would be relevant to the actual day-to-day experience of those working in regional policy and development. As a result, three of the six core courses that all students must complete to earn the certificate have been designed in direct consultation with the Harris Centre and NLREDA.

There is also a significant hands-on portion to the course—all students must complete an intensive community field placement to add context to the class work, and give them a chance to put their new knowledge into action.

While the immediate aim of the program is to offer students a relevant and practical grounding in regional policy and development issues, the program is expected to have a significant positive effect on a provincial level, by increasing the number of individuals with training in regional policy and development in Newfoundland and Labrador, and creating a greater pool of skilled candidates to tackle regional policy and development issues in the future.

There is also significant potential for practitioners from outside the province to sign up for the program, creating increased networking and partnership opportunities.
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Certificate in Regional Policy and Development

The Certificate Program in Regional Policy and Development is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills required to effectively work in the sector.

The program is intended for students seeking employment with municipalities, planning agencies, social enterprises, not-for-profits, private sector international development agencies, or provincial and federal governments as well as professionals working in these capacities who hope to advance in their careers.
The program will provide students with skills in:

Certificate Requirements

The program requires the completion of 32 credit hours. To be eligible to receive the Certificate in Regional Policy and Development a student must:
1. Complete:
Business 1600 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Geography 3350 - Community and Regional Planning and Development
Geography 4320 - Regional Development Seminar
2. Complete twelve credit hours (4 courses) chosen from the following six subject areas. No more than 3 credit hours from any one subject area may be used.
Business 1000 – Introduction to Business in Society
Business 1101 – Principles of Accounting
Business 3310 – Organizational Behaviour
Economics 3080 – Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
Economics 4080 – Advanced Fisheries Economics
Economics 4085 - Advanced Environmental Economics
Economics 4120 – Applied Welfare Economics and Cost Benefit Analysis
Geography 2302- Issues in Economic Geography
Geography 2425 – Natural Resources
Geography 3701- Urban Geography
Geography 4405 – Outdoor Recreational Resources and Planning
Political Science 2600 – Introduction to Public Policy and Administration
Political Science 3280 – Canadian Foreign Policy
Political Science 3600 – Public Policy in Canada
Political Science 3650 – Canadian Political Economy
Sociology 2230 – Newfoundland Society and Culture
Sociology 3210 – Persistence and Change in Rural Society
Social Work 1710 – Social Work Philosophy and Practice
3. Complete the following certificate-credit courses:

1RPD 1800 – Community and Regional Policy and Development (5 cr hr)
1RPD 2800 – Regional Policy and Planning (3 cr hr)
1RPD 3000 – Community Field Placement (3 cr hr)
Prerequisites: Students are responsible for ensuring they have met existing departmental prerequisites where applicable for the courses listed above.

1. Certificate credit courses are specifically developed for certificate programs and as such may not be applied towards the satisfaction of requirements for any other existing diploma or degree program.

2. In order to register for certificate credit courses, you must be admitted to Memorial. For admissions and registration information, please consult the Office of the Registrar.

3. Certificate requirements may be offered variously on-campus day and evenings as well via distance delivery. For availability of courses in any semester, please consult the Office of the Registrar's course offerings link.

4. No candidate will be awarded a certificate unless s/he has obtained an average of 2 points or better on the total number of credit hours required for the certificate.




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