Courses

EECO510: Worldviews, Ethics, and the Environment

Examines the concept of worldviews and how worldviews intersect with a range of philosophical and ethical stances at work today as expressed in contemporary environmental education and communications. A significant part of the course involves personal reflection on one’s own worldview and ethical foundations. Investigates environmental ethics as they are tested against real-world environmental problems.
Credits: 3.0

EECO586: The Biosphere and Sustainability

Explores the ecological principles governing the dynamic structures and processes of ecosystems and sustainability and how they can be applied to better understand responses to anthropogenic stress.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR505: Ecosystem Science and Management

Examines basic ecological principles and concepts as they apply to different scales of focus, from individual species to landscapes, and introduces basic tools of environmental management. Demonstrates how ecological principles and managerial tools can be applied to deal with commonly encountered challenges of ecosystem management.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR506: Analytical Thinking and Communications

Introduces analytical thinking and rational argument in the context of professional environmental practice. Teaches how to identify vague and ambiguous concepts, fallacies and other features of weak arguments in the work of others, and how to avoid those weaknesses and to build strong arguments oneself. Offers several tools to organize arguments within technical writing. These tools and skills can also apply to academic study and writing a thesis.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR530: Economics for Decision Making

Introduces theories, concepts and facts about competing economic paradigms, and develops skills needed to integrate economic and environmental decisions. Examines selected economic instruments from member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and reviews leading practices in the application of these instruments, considering their effectiveness, efficiency, and public acceptability.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR545: Sustainable Development: From Theory to Practice

Takes students beyond theory to the difficulty of the practice of sustainable development. Introduces the topic historically, and addresses the current debates over the meaning of sustainable development. Explains the longstanding discussions concerning economic growth and common resource allocation and introduces the difficult task of measuring human impact. Applies theoretical concerns to the issue of climate change in Canada, with particular focus on how we generate and consume energy. Gives students the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, and on the practices of sustainable development in their own communities.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR550: Research and Analysis

Provides an overview of both natural and social science methods and techniques that apply directly to preparing and completing the Master's thesis, as well as professional assignments following graduation. Exposes students to diverse applied research methods within a sustainable development context. An explicit objective of this course is the formulation of the thesis research question, abstract and research proposal outline in preparation for the poster presentation that takes place during the second residency.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR560: Environmental Accounting and Reporting

Examines environmental accounting and reporting methods to improve business decisions and performance, including: identifying internal environmental costs (both direct and indirect), identifying external environmental costs (especially those costs which the firm may be accountable for in the future), applying activity based costing (total cost assessment, life cycle assessment, and full cost accounting to business operations), developing environmental performance measures and indicators, and reporting on environmental performance. Pre-requisites: ENVP 500
Credits: 3.0

ENVR571: Legal Aspects of Environmental Management

Provides an overview of current environmental law and policy, including the role of the common law, legislation, regulation and policy and how it evolves over time. Explains how the constitutional division of powers is relevant to environmental management in Canada and examines the role of federal, provincial and local governments, and First Nations in regulating environmental protection. Examines the development and implementation of international environmental legal instruments and explores the use of environmental assessment as a tool to prevent unwanted impacts.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR626: Leadership and Sustainable Development

Synthesizes the cumulative learning of the three residencies by developing personal leadership and action plans within the context of a dramatically changing world order. Students explore the relationships between social capital and natural capital and build a comprehensive understanding of both the personal and social dimensions of sustainability.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR655: Introduction to Governance for Sustainability

Considers governance as it contributes to achieving sustainable outcomes in business, non-profit, government, and in civil society. You will directly understand and experience the challenges of governance for sustainability by working on a local sustainability issue. This transformative learning experience requires you to fully participate, collaborate and engage, in order to identify and solve problems in a context that includes ambiguity, creativity, innovation and execution. Pre-requisites: ENVR545. Co-requisites: ENVR662
Credits: 3.0

ENVR661: Systemic, Cognitive and Cultural Dimensions of Sustainability

Introduces the relevance of cognition, language and culture to how we perceive and act in complex dynamic systems. Investigates role of cultural premises and their effects on our ability to solve or dissolve environmental problems. Evokes the capacity to reflect on how cultural premises arise, what they reveal, and what they obscure, and thus increases our ability to see and act sustainably and ethically in a complex multicultural world.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR662: Systems Methods for Environmental Management

Examines various systems and methods that enable managers to choose appropriate approaches to addressing ecological, social and multi-domain systems of various scales. Provides an experiential learning environment and requires hands-on application of each method, empowering each student to apply the learning to their own practice. Prerequisites: ENVR505
Credits: 3.0

ENVR690: Master of Arts Thesis

The thesis is the culminating project of both MA and MSc streams of the Environment Management program. It must demonstrate rigorous, applied research on a specific topic directly related to the objectives of the program, in a paper approximately 50 pages in length. MA thesis: an evaluation of the ecological, social, political, economic, or legal implications of particular sustainable development policies, regulations, and practices; and/or a detailed case study of the ecological, social, political, economic, legal, scientific dimensions (or some combination of these) of a specific environmental problem area or crisis. MSc thesis: a scientific study, i.e. one that involves the collection, processing, and analysis of data (or synthesis of existing information) in pursuit of testing a hypothesis, of a particular sustainable development issue or procedure; or a detailed and scientifically-based case study of the environmental issues central to a particular area or resource industry or a particular issue in, for example, toxicology, ecological sustainability, or technology. Pre-requisites: ENVR 505, ENVR 530, ENVR571, ENVR655.
Credits: 12.0