Rural Planning And Development - Shared Programs
University School of Rural Planning and Development
John Fitzgibbon (125 Johnston Hall, Ext. 6784)
Harry Cummings (108 Johnston Hall, Ext. 3637)
Nancy Orso (122 Johnston Hall, Ext. 6780)
Participating Departments/School Include:
Department of Agricultural Economics and Business
Graduate co-ordinator - Alfons Weersink (225 MacLachlan, Ext. 2766)
Department of Geography
Graduate co-ordinator - Ray Kostaschuk (123 Hutt, Ext. 8189)
School of Landscape Architecture
Graduate co-ordinator - Cecelia Paine (121 Landscape Architecture, Ext. 2521)
Department of Land Resource Science
Graduate co-ordinator - Ward Chesworth (007 Richards, Ext. 2457)
Department of Political Science
Graduate co-ordinator - Fred Eidlin (633 MacKinnon, Ext. 3469)
School of Rural Extension Studies
Graduate co-ordinator - Glen Filson (112 Johnston Hall, Ext. 6231)
Students may undertake a shared program between the School of Rural Planning and Development (SRP&D) and other departments and schools on campus. MA and MSc programs are offered in Canadian and international fields of study. Students in a shared program are registered in a co-operating school or department through which their degrees (an MA or MSc) are offered. They are also enrolled in SRP&D. A portion of the advising and course work is undertaken within SRP&D.
The shared program alternative is a collaborative undertaking often pursued at the initiative of another academic unit. Shared programs with SRP&D are typically based in several academic units across campus including the Departments of Agricultural Economics and Business, Consumer Studies, Environmental Biology, Family Studies, Geography, Land Resource Science, Political Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, and the Schools of Landscape Architecture and Rural Extension Studies. Students should note that a shared program is NOT an accredited planning program.
All students enrolled in a shared program with a Canadian focus are normally required to complete a set of four courses from the SRP&D core and the Canadian planning and development core, unless otherwise indicated. These are: 1) Planning and Development Theory, 2) Rural Planning Methods, and 3) Rural Public Administration, and 4) Rural Planning Synthesis.
Students enrolled in a shared program with an international focus are required to complete four-course requirements. These are: 1) Rural Planning and Development Theory, 2) International Rural Development Planning: Principles and Practices, 3) Synthesis: Seminar in Integrated Rural Development Planning, and 4) an SRP&D course relevant to the student's particular area of interest, unless otherwise indicated.
In all cases, expertise in research methods will be required in the form of a graduate-level research methods course either from the School of Rural Planning and Development, or the co-operating department, as appropriate.
Additional course work, major research paper or thesis, and internship requirements will be determined by the co-operating department and the student's advisory committee. Either MA or MSc degrees are possible through shared program arrangements, depending upon the degree offerings of the co-operating unit.
Some of the academic units involved in shared programs have established program content and requirements that must be met in addition to the school's requirements. Other academic units will determine their requirements on a case-by-case basis for a student who expresses an interest in a shared program with that unit.
The minimum core courses leading to an MSc in the shared program are:
Agricultural Economics and Business (MSc)
Students wishing to pursue this option will typically have a degree in economics or agricultural economics and an interest in broadening their education to include an understanding of social, economic and biophysical phenomena. Students maintain their focus on agricultural economics as a discipline.
Students in the shared program address the general issues of planning and rural development in a North American or international context while maintaining their links with one of the major areas of focus in agricultural economics and business. Students are enrolled in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business and are also admitted to the School of Rural Planning and Development. The MSc degree granted is in agricultural economics and business and indicates a focus on rural planning and development issues.
The shared MSc program will be completed with a thesis and a minimum of seven courses or a major paper and a minimum of nine courses. In either case, the student's program includes a required set of three courses from the SRP&D, one course from the Department of Economics, and a research methods course from either the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business or the SRP&D.
The course requirements are as follows: Advanced Microeconomics, ECON*3710; Planning and Development Theory, RPD*6240; Rural Planning Methods, RPD*6280, or International Rural Development Planning: Principles and Practices, RPD*6030; Rural Planning Synthesis, RPD*6300, or Synthesis: Seminar in Integrated Rural Development Planning, RPD*6400; plus either Philosophy and Methods in Rural Planning and Development Research, RPD*6170, or The Methodology of Economics, AGEC*6100. The student may choose from a list of electives to complete the course requirements. The student must include at least three courses in economics or agricultural economics in their program.
The student's advisory committee will include at least one member from each department. The committee must approve the program of courses and the thesis or major paper research topic.
Geography (MA or MSc)
The department offers the opportunity to combine work in the Department of Geography with programs in rural planning, rural development, or resource development in the School of Rural Planning and Development (SRP&D). Within this shared program both MA and MSc degrees are available depending upon the student's area of emphasis in geography.
Course requirements for shared Geography/SRP&D programs are as follows. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students selecting the thesis option are expected to complete an acceptable thesis, the appropriate four core courses from SRP&D, the Research Methods course offered by the Department of Geography, and two other geography courses (1.0 credits) approved by the student's advisory committee. Students selecting the non-thesis option are expected to complete the appropriate four 'core' courses in SRP&D, the Research Methods course and Research Project course in the Department of Geography, and three other courses (1.5 credits) from the department approved by the student's advisory committee.
Land Resource Science (MSc)
Enrolment in the resource development emphasis of the School of Rural Planning and Development enables students to register in the Department of Land Resource Science and complete a shared MSc program between these two units. The prime interest of students choosing this option usually involves biophysical aspects of resources management and land-use planning. Considerable flexibility is thus provided; students are advised to contact the department to discuss individual programs.
Landscape Architecture (MSc)
This program is designed for students who have a strong interest in landscape planning with an orientation to bio-physical processes and their application for land-use planning at regional and local scales. Admission to the shared MSc program is not restricted to holders of the BLA degree. Strongly motivated graduates of honours programs in a variety of disciplines may be admissible under the normal Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements. Well prepared applicants will have studied as broadly as possible in their undergraduate programs.
The degree is part of a shared program wherein the student will be registered in the School of Landscape Architecture and enroled in the School of Rural Planning and Development and take four core courses drawn from each school. In all cases, expertise in research methods will be required in the form of a graduate-level research methods course either from the School of Landscape Architecture or the School of Rural Planning and Development. Additional course work, major research paper or thesis, and internship requirements will be determined by the School of Landscape Architecture and the student's advisory committee.
The typical sequence would be:
- LARC*6380, Research Seminar
- LARC*6470, Integrative Environmental Planning
- LARC*6610, Research Methods (optional with RPD*6170)
- RPD*6170, Philosophy and Methods in Rural Planning and Development Research (optional with LARC*6610)
- RPD*6240, Planning and Development Theory
- RPD*6280, Rural Planning Methods
- 4 or 5 electives
F1: LARC*6470, RPD*6240, RPD*6170 (optional) + elective(s)
W1: LARC*6610 (optional), RPD*6280 + elective(s)
F2: electives, Thesis
W2: LARC*6380, Thesis
It is expected that students will take elective courses towards a focus or expertise in their chosen area of study. The selection of these courses should be completed in consultation with the student's advisory committee.
The shared program will include:
Rural Extension Studies (MSc)
The School of Rural Extension Studies offers a shared program with the School of Rural Planning and Development (SRP&D). The option is available to students with either a Canadian or international focus. The options differ by SRP&D core course requirements. The MSc degree granted is granted from the School of Rural Extension Studies but will indicate a focus on rural planning and development issues.
- Three core courses from the School of Rural Extension Studies
REXT*6070 Foundations of Rural Extension
REXT*6230 Program Planning and Evaluation in Rural Extension
REXT*6060 Adult Learning and Development
- Three core courses from the School of Rural Planning and Development
RPD*6240 Planning and Development Theory
RPD*6280 Rural Planning Methods
RPD*6030 International Rural Development Planning: Principles and
RPD*6300 Rural Planning Synthesis
RPD*6400 Synthesis: Seminar in Integrated Rural Development Planning
- All students in the shared program take a Research Methods course from either school:
REXT*6260 Research Design in Rural Extension Studies
RPD*6170 Philosophy and Methods in Rural Planning and Development
Both thesis and major paper options are offered. The thesis option requires an additional three elective courses. The major paper option requires five additional electives, the majority of which must be taken from the School of Rural Extension Studies.
Students in the shared program will have a research adviser from each school.
Students registered in other departments or schools may participate in the shared programs as appropriate to their interests and career plans. Students should consult with the graduate co-ordinator in their academic unit to determine whether a program of study toward a MSc or MA degree can be undertaken.
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