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Sustainable Community Development Focus Award

2020-21 Sustainable Community Development

Focus Award
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Sustainable Community Development focus award (18-23 credits) provides students with the knowledge, skills and experiences that will allow them to play a vital role in developing and strengthening their communities in the twenty-first century. Diversity and sustainability are issues that present great challenges as well as incredible opportunities to create strong, thriving communities that meet the needs of their members and the environment.

Community development includes nurturing the integration of diverse groups to work together for common interests and the expansion of sustainable practices. Community development is studied holistically, including learning communication skills, how to effectively utilize the diversity inherent in American communities, and how people can live sustainably.

Completing the Sustainable Community Development focus award is an excellent addition to a resume. Knowledge of sustainability and diversity issues may be skills employers consider. Students should be aware that prerequisites exist for most courses, so they should plan accordingly.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Sustainability Focus Award are:

Communication and Community: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively within a group setting. Demonstrate knowledge of community issues, needs, strengths, problems and resources.

Diversity: Analyze the relationship between diversity and social inequality and demonstrate knowledge of ways diverse groups can work together.

Sustainability: Apply the concept of sustainability in examining human relationships with the environment and identify sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

At least six of the credits of the Focus Award must be completed at RCC.

Required Courses

Course No.
Course Title
SOC213 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. or SOC218 Sociology of Gender 4
SOC228 Environment and Society 4
SRV101 Service Learning 1
  Total Required Credits 9

Electives (Choose elective courses from the following)

Course No.
Course Title
Leadership and Communications (3-4 credits minimum)
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing 4
BA214 Business Communications 3
COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
COMM115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 4
COMM218 Interpersonal Communication 4
ED120, ED121, ED122 Leadership I, II, III 1-3
WR227 Technical Writing 4
--- Cooperative Work Experience as approved within major 1 3
Diversity (one class, 3-4 credits)
ANTH110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 4
CJ214 Crime, Justice and Diversity 4
COMM237 Communication and Gender 4
ECE275 Anti-bias Education 3
ENG257 African American Literature 4
ENG260 Introduction to Women Writers 4
HUM215, HUM216, HUM217, HUM218, HUM219 Native American Arts and Cultures 4
IS110 Introduction to Internationals Studies I 4
REL201 World Religions 4
REL243 Nature, Religion and Ecology (if not taken as part of Sustainability electives) 4
SOC213 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. (if not taken as part of Required) 4
SOC218 Sociology of Gender (if not taken as part of Required) 4
SOC235/HST259 The Chicano/Latino Historical Experience 4
--- Cooperative Work Experience as approved within major 1 3
Sustainability (one class, 3-5 credits)
BI213 General Biology III with lab 4
EET113 Exploration of Alternative Energies (may not transfer) 1
EET118 Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems (may not transfer) 3
ENV111 Introduction to Environmental Science 5
GEOG100 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
GEOG110 Introduction to Cultural and Human Geography 3
REL243 Nature, Religion and Ecology (if not taken as part of Diversity electives) 4
--- Cooperative Work Experience as approved within major 1 3
  Total Elective Credits 9-13
  Total Focus Award Credits 18-22

Note: This focus award is not a formal, transcripted degree or certificate but recognizes student achievement in a specific topic or theme. Focus awards may be earned in combination with a certificate or degree. Classes are lower-division collegiate courses (except where noted) that may transfer to a variety of programs at a four-year college or university as elective credits, program requirements, and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution. Students are encouraged to check with the receiving institution and their RCC academic advisor for the most accurate transfer requirement information.

1 A maximum of 3 Cooperative Work Experience credits may be used toward the focus award as approved by focus award advisor.

For more information contact the Social Science Department:

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