Certificate and Course Information

As a continuing education Food Security student, you’re welcome to enroll in individual courses or to register for the certificate. Either way, you’ll benefit from studying in a unique, leading-edge program with knowledgeable, experienced instructors.

Food Security

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This certificate focuses on how to meet the challenge of creating sustainable food systems based on social justice and democratic decision-making that will ensure people’s right to food. As such, the programs serves anyone with a keen passion in food issues, environmental sustainability, human rights, alleviation of food insecurity, food-related health and education issues, and food policy. Students will go on to work in civil society organization and public sector agencies in Canada and worldwide addressing food issues and also engaging in the private sector to initiate its transformation to a more equitable and sustainable system of production, processing marketing.

Academic Coordinator: Reg Noble, food@ryerson.ca

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/foodsecurity.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

Undergraduate degree in any field, or approval of the academic coordinator and five years of professional experience in a field relevant to food security work, or approval of the academic coordinator and three years’ Baccalaureate study with a clear academic standing (at least a C average or GPA of 1.67).

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Admission Assessment

If you wish to apply to register for the Certificate in Food Security, you must first contact the Academic Coordinator, Reg Noble, who will assess whether you are eligible and answer any questions you might have about the program. If you’re interested in taking individual courses, Ryerson University’s general eligibility rules apply.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

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Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

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Required Courses

CFNY 403   Food Security:  Food Security Concepts and Principles
CFNY 404   Food Security:  Food Policy and Programs for Food Security
CFNY 405   Food Security:  Applied Research Methods and Evaluation


Electives (select three)

Students may only select one of CFND 401 or CSOC 808.

Students may only select one of CFNF 100 or CVFS 401.

CFND 401   Foods:  Social and Cultural Dimensions of Food
CFNF 100   Family Studies:  Families and Health
CFNN 111   Nutrition:  Introduction to Nutrition
CFNP 400   Professional Practice:  Professional Practice: Placement
CFNR 400   Research Methods:  Independent Research Study I
CFNY 400   Food Security:  Selected Topics in Food Security
CFNY 407   Food Security:  Community Development and Food Security
CFNY 408   Food Security:  Urban Food Security
CFNY 409   Food Security:  Gender and Food Security
CFNY 510   Food Security:  Indigenous Food Systems in Canada
CINT 912   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Community Development: International Field Experience
CSOC 808   Sociology:  Sociology of Food and Eating
CVFN 410   Food Security:  Understanding Urban Agriculture
CVFN 411   Food Security:  Dimensions of Urban Agriculture
CVFN 412   Food Security:  Urban Agriculture Types
CVFN 413   Food Security:  Urban Agriculture Policy-Making
CVFS 401   Family Supports:  Contemporary Family Issues


 

Note to registered certificate program students

CFND 401, CFNP 400, and CFNR 400 are only available in classroom to degree program and special students. For scheduling information, contact the Ryerson School of Nutrition.

Electives
CFNY 406 and CVFN 233 deleted.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CFNN 111   Nutrition:  Introduction to Nutrition
CFNY 403   Food Security:  Food Security Concepts and Principles
CFNY 404   Food Security:  Food Policy and Programs for Food Security
CFNY 405   Food Security:  Applied Research Methods and Evaluation
CFNY 407   Food Security:  Community Development and Food Security
CFNY 408   Food Security:  Urban Food Security
CFNY 409   Food Security:  Gender and Food Security
CSOC 808   Sociology:  Sociology of Food and Eating
CVFN 410   Food Security:  Understanding Urban Agriculture
CVFN 411   Food Security:  Dimensions of Urban Agriculture
CVFN 412   Food Security:  Urban Agriculture Types
CVFS 401   Family Supports:  Contemporary Family Issues


Course Delivery Schedule

 Fall 2015Winter 2016Spring/Summer 2016
Required
CFNY 403III
CFNY 404I I
CFNY 405II 
Electives
CFND 401   
CFNF 100   
CFNN 111  I
CFNP 400   
CFNR 400   
CFNY 400   
CFNY 407  I
CFNY 408 I 
CFNY 409I  
CFNY 510C  
CINT 912  F
CSOC 808I I
CVFN 410  I
CVFN 411 I 
CVFN 412I  
CVFN 413   
CVFS 401I I

C = Classroom
CI = Classroom/Internet
F = Field Study, often international
I = Distance Education via Internet
O = Offered only through the degree program. Contact the Academic Coordinator, Reg Noble, for more information.

This schedule is subject to revision but can be used as a planning guide.