Olga Shcherbyna’s Course Work at SCARP, UBC
*FAVOURITE COURSE WORK AT SCARP:
*PLAN 549C – Masters Thesis: Do policies of the lowest common denominator bring about system-level change? Examining the success factors of the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council. Abstract
*PLAN 519 – Internship: City of Richmond, Social Policy Research: Identifying Best Practices in Developing city-wide Social Plans/Strategies across Canadian municipalities. Executive Summary
*PLN 500-level – Digital Video for Planners, SCARP. Final project was a video for the Britannia Community Centre about the Commercial Drive Community. Video
*PLAN 550A – Directed Studies: Exploring the activities and outcomes of Immigrant Employment Councils across Canada.
*PLAN 550B – Directed Studies: Exploring the role of the City of Toronto in the work of a civic collaborative group – Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
*PLAN 538 – Cross-Cultural Planning (Educating the Heart): planning can be described as “the art of the possible”. All planners must act within a context over which they have limited control. Successful planners learn how their actions and those of their community and institutional partners can help change that context over time. The art is to work with partners to move from disagreement and despair toward common understanding and hope. Hope creates the path forward between the illusions of despair and delusion.
*ADMIN 470 – Contemporary Topics in Administration: Stakeholder Relations and Strategic Communication (School of Public Administration, UVic): This course will present the most up-to-date research and practice on stakeholder identification, analysis, engagement and communication, in order to equip public and non-profit sector managers with the latest and most effective tools.
*EDU 500-level: Program Evaluation (Faculty of Education, UBC).
*PSYC (Department of Psychology, UBC) – Cultural Psychology: Cultural influences on human thought and behaviour; interactions of culture and self; multicultural experiences; intercultural relations; methodological issues.
*GEOG 525 – An introduction to international migration and settlement (Department of Geography, UBC): This course is designed to introduce a broad set of issues and approaches to the study of international migration and settlement. The first part of the course will survey a number of key concepts and theories of migration, with emphasis on the role of the state and regulatory systems.The second will concentrate on elements connecting places of origin and destination. The third will explore key debates in countries of sustained migrant settlement. Finally, the course will close on the question of integration policies, particularly the recent challenges to the idea of multiculturalism (which was so widely supported a generation ago), and the concern that has arisen over the relationship between diversity and social cohesion.
OTHER COURSE WORK:
PLAN 502 – Introduction to Planning and Theory: The purpose of this class is to introduce you to the terrain of planning history and the domain of planning theory; to familiarize you with leading authors and ‘schools’ of theorizing; and to think about the qualities of planning imagination that might be necessary to deal with the challenges of 21st century cities and regions.
PLAN 504 – Ecological Context of Planning: This course advances an ecologically oriented approach to planning that is based on understanding society-ecosystem interactions and sustainable development. We begin with an introduction to ecology, thermodynamics and complex systems theory. This sets the context for exploring the ecosphere and socio-cultural perspectives on the natural environment and ecosystem services including: land and land-uses, water, energy, pollination, waste-assimilation and regeneration. We will also examine social justice as it pertains to ecosystem services, including: access to natural resources and exposure to environmental impacts. Next we explore concepts and tools related to “environmental planning.”
PLAN 506 – The Legal Context of Planning: Planning 506 is an introduction to some of the legal concepts and principles that will be of use to you in practice as a professional planner, and in any private or public role in which you seek to shape public outcomes in relation to growth management, planning, land‐use, social and environmental issues.
PLAN 511 – Planning Research: Quantitative Methods and Computer Applications
PLAN 515 – Planning Research: Qualitative Methods and Research Design: This course focuses on qualitative methods and research design. This is a core course for SCARP master’s students. It is intended as a survey that may prepare students for further elective courses for more in-depth coverage of specific analytical and research methods. The course encompasses the qualitative research process including conceptualization and operationalization of research question(s), ethical considerations, data collection, choice of analytical framework, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of research findings to specific audiences.
PLAN 542 – Practical Practice: City Planning as a Craft: In a combination of lectures, workshops and group critical discussions, this course will explore the approach, role, style, and essential skills of planners in the normal situations of practical urban planning. Typical planning formats will be explored in detail: area planning; policy planning; development management. Practical urban design, development economics and applied sustainability will be emphasized.
PLN 548 – Participatory Planning, SCARP.