Community Partnerships through Course Credit

R-PEACE offers various opportunities to earn course credit through working with the community


UNST 3991: Community Engaged Learning: Principles and Practice

In this course offered Fall 2018, students will help design and run project-based learning programs for students at Marshview Middle school, exploring topics such as community gardening and food security, culinary arts, outdoor education, and more.

The course is offered Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:20, for a total of 3 credit hours. There are no prerequisites, but departmental permission is required: contact,, or


Experiential Learning Courses:
EXPL 3000, 3001, 4000, 4001

This is a university-wide course that provides credit for academic analysis of independent experiential learning. Students with second year standing may receive special permission to pursue an independent experiential learning program with the supervision of a faculty member, earning three credits (and up to six credits). Please contact potential supervisors to pursue an EXPL course.


Independent Study

Independent study courses permit senior students, under the direction of faculty members, to pursue an interest in areas not covered in depth by other courses in their department. Please contact potential supervisors to pursue an independent study in your discipline.

Students in Sociology have worked with community partners such as Habitat for Humanity for course credit and a valuable opportunity to make a positive impact in the community. One student used their sociological research skills to collect family stories through interviews with partner families of Habitat Moncton and compiled these stories in a narrative format. As a result, the project investigated the connection between the ownership of decent, affordable housing and quality of life, allowing Habitat Moncton to gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of their homeownership program.

An Environmental Science student recently completed an independent study program with a climate change scientist for Natural Resources Canada in completing an environmental scan of the emerging scientific literature on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Atlantic Region of Canada. The work has been contributed to the regional reporting and national database and digital library on Climate Change Action.

Another Environmental Studies student completed a summer internship with the Tantramar Planning Commission and the Town of Sackville in the research and development of an integrated community sustainability plan for the Town which was ultimately presented to the Mayor and Council and approved as a five-year strategic plan. This was one of the first environmental plans for a municipality in New Brunswick.



Geography & Environment Department R-PEACE Courses

GENV 3531 (3.00 credits) The Planning Process

This course examines community responses to the necessity and challenge of growth. Discussion focuses on the contributions of planning to the process of development and to the outcomes and opportunities which parallel this process. The course takes a specific place-based focus on Sackville and its unique university-community relationship, as well as community-based experiences with Town officials, Mayor and Council meetings and field-based experiences with local planning professionals. Instructor: Michael Fox


GENV 3801 (3.00) Place Matters

This course addresses the importance of 'place' in the development of human interactions with the environment. It examines the principles of place geography, including ecological and bioregional perspectives on the Sackville and Tantramar region; place-conscious learning and sustainability; place-making and local geographies; and the local community as a place for experiential learning. Classes and applied research will take place with the community as the classroom. Instructor: Michael Fox


GENS 3991-A Local Adaptation to Climate Change

This course introduces students to the science of the changing climate and human measurements and adaptations associated with its impacts in the Atlantic Region of Canada. Students explore its environmental and social implications, and examine its impact on daily life by reviewing current scientific data as it relates to vulnerabilities across the Sackville, Tantramar and S-E New Brunswick region. Topics include methods, strategies, and technologies that address climate change, using case studies of adaptive and mitigative programs in North America, with a special emphasis on the Atlantic Canada Adaptations Strategy Agreement and research projects focused on the Tantramar Region. Several community-based field experiences allow students to focus on actual mitigation and adaptation projects. Instructor: Michael Fox


GENV 3991-A Sustainable Community Development

This special topics course addresses the theory and practice of sustainable community development by engaging students in place-conscious teaching and learning pedagogies within a geographic framework. It explores the various conventional approaches to the ways in which we plan and build our communities and provides a rationale for alternative approaches and essential components for learning about sustainable community development in the age of transition towards a carbon-free and resilient community, using Sackville as a living laboratory. In response to recent developments that focus on the importance of understanding at the local level, students in this class will develop a deeper knowledge of the concept of Sustainable Community Development as a framework to meet current social and economic needs while ensuring adequate resources are available for future generations and a post-carbon world. Students engage in a range of specific issues and problems facing Sackville and the Tantramar Region and conduct research, analysis and actions aimed at addressing these environmental challenges. Professor: Michael Fox


GENV 4121 (3.00) Education for Sustainable Development

This course explores geographic and environmental education encompassing formal, informal, and traditional ideas and practices and the ways in which these may be integrated in planning for a sustainable society. It takes a critical approach to environmental education with an emphasis on developing and practicing sustainable perspectives on how people learn about, think about, and manage their affairs within the natural environment. Students undertake field-based experiences in local schools, including the outdoor environmental education facilities at the local elementary, middle school and regional high school wetlands centre.                Professor: Michael Fox


GENV 4521 (3.00) Seminar in Community Planning Research

This course applies community planning theory and techniques to an actual case developed in concert with a local community agency or group. Students clarify client objectives, develop a research and analysis program, conduct fieldwork, analyze data, prepare recommendations, and present results to the client.  Professor: Michael Fox


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Don't forget about the Summer!

Students may apply for an ISRG (Independent Summer Research Grant) if they are in their third year of study. ISRGs are a great opportunity to spend time focused on a single topic in partnership with community organizations or researching community-based initiatives. These are supervised by a faculty member and are often connected with their research.

Recent projects have included photographic studies of the Sackville community, internships on community education and the collection of local stories, archival research on residential schools, and much more.