8:30am to 5:00pm
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
In the rapidly changing world of consumer finance, vulnerable groups are particularly in need of financial empowerment. This course will engage social change theory in order to identify and evaluate responses to challenging consumer finance issues. This course will be valuable for participants engaged in a variety of sectors, including community development, family mediation, and international development. It will explore how consumer finance can cause harm that might have gender, class, or identity dimensions and will be a practical asset for community workers.
Jerry Buckland is Professor of International Development Studies at CMU’s Menno Simons College. His research and teaching areas include research and evaluation methods, financial empowerment, community-based development, and rural and Indigenous Peoples’ development. He has more than twenty years of experience in the field and has written numerous books, articles, and policy reports. He has been active in payday lending regulation debates in Canada.
Other CSOP course topics include violent extremism, peace skills, peacebuilding in Indigenous communities, ecumenical peacebuilding, ethics in a bordered world, trauma healing, and arts-based peacebuilding.
“CSOP is a place where new friendships are formed and where rich conversations about life, work and experience happen. It provides a space for mature learning and global connections.” —Kriz Cruzado, CSOP Participant
Financial Empowerment for Development and Peacebuilding is a course offered through the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP). The CSOP is an institute of Canadian Mennonite University and runs one-week intensive peacebuilding courses for two weeks in June that are available for professional development, personal interest, or academic credit.