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Surrey CityLab

Please note: The next CityLab course, POST 2140, will be offered Spring 2021 - please check back later for more information!

What is CityLab?


Offered in Summer 2020:

  • POST 2150 - CityLab6 will be offered in Summer 2020.  Applications can be found here.

Join KPU Instructors Jason Ramsey and Jennifer Hardwick to engage in building virtual communities and community resilience as part of a special online edition of POST 2150: Cultivating [Virtual] Community. This 6 credit online course will explore how we build, change, manage, and sustain communities using online tools & technology. Together, students will develop ideas about how to use digital tools to improve community well-being and resilience for Surrey’s diverse communities, and propose and prototype virtual projects to advance community sustainability.


How CityLab Connects with the City of Surrey and SFU

Working together to build a better community

Surrey CityLab is an innovative partnership between the City of Surrey, SFU and KPU. Students, City staff, faculty and the community co-create solutions to make Surrey more liveable, sustainable and engaged.

KPU and SFU CityLab courses focus on City of Surrey priorities, and students engage in experimental projects that benefit Surrey's diverse communities.

The Surrey CityLab joins a global network of cities adopting university partnerships to advance community priorities.

Read more about this exciting partnership here.


KPU CityLab Courses

Cohort courses work to advance the City of Surrey’s Sustainability Charter and/or the Newton Sustainability in Action Plan. Cohort courses may be 6 credits (6 class hours/week) or 3 credits (3 class hours/week). 

Past cohort courses include:  

Summer 2020: POST 2150 CityLab6, Cultivating [Virtual] Community (Surrey) 

Spring 2019: POST 2150, CityLab6, Cultivating Community (Surrey Newton) 

Summer 2019: POST 2140, CityLab3 Rethinking Community (KPU Surrey Campus) 

Spring 2019: POST 2900 Urban Projects (Surrey Newton) 

Fall 2018: POST 2900 Public Placemaking (Surrey Newton) 

Affiliated courses work on specific projects with City of Surrey staff, or engage with the City during field trips. Project work may comprise part or all of the term’s coursework. Past affiliated courses include: 

Spring 2020: POST 3110 & POST 4900 Responding to the Climate Emergency 

Fall 2019: GEOG 2250 The City 

Fall 2019: POST 3110 & POST 4900 Surrey’s Biodiversity Strategy 


How are CityLab courses different?

In CityLab, the community becomes the classroom. Assignments are hands-on, real world projects. Students explore Surrey, and design ways to make the community a better place to live.


Why should I take CityLab courses?

In CityLab, you will:

  • build strong relationships with faculty and other students
  • work and network with the staff at the City of Surrey
  • develop skills to work effectively in teams
  • co-design solutions to real community issues
  • showcase your work at City Hall or in the community
     

Join the CityLab community!

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