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General Studies Courses

General Studies courses may be an option for students interested in taking one or two credit-based courses but who are not currently interested in seeking a credential. Students who successfully complete General Studies courses may be eligible to transfer credit toward a certificate, diploma or degree upon formal admission to a program.

Permission to register in General Studies courses requires approval by the Dean or designate. Supporting documentation and/or prerequisites may be required.

For information about non-credit courses, visit Continuing Studies.

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EECO508: Learning Theory and Program Design

 Course Description: Cultivates increasingly sophisticated understanding of learning processes. The search for meaning through the active elaboration of our meaning system - one possible definition of learning - seems to be at the core of being human. As a result of this course, educators will be better able to design effective programs and products. Instructional design will be seen as an intentional process to create learning environments that support effective and efficient learning and instruction appropriate to particular bodies of skill and content and in specific contexts. With support and critique from classmates, students will design or re-design an instructional module they use or plan to use in their environmental education work.  Credits: 3.00

EECO508: Learning Theory and Program Design

 Course Description: Cultivates increasingly sophisticated understanding of learning processes. The search for meaning through the active elaboration of our meaning system - one possible definition of learning - seems to be at the core of being human. As a result of this course, educators will be better able to design effective programs and products. Instructional design will be seen as an intentional process to create learning environments that support effective and efficient learning and instruction appropriate to particular bodies of skill and content and in specific contexts. With support and critique from classmates, students will design or re-design an instructional module they use or plan to use in their environmental education work.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
August 28, 2017 November 5, 2017 1934.39 Online
August 27, 2018 November 4, 2018 TBD Online

EECO510: Worldviews, Ethics, and the Environment

 Course Description: 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: 3.00

EECO510: Worldviews, Ethics, and the Environment

 Course Description: 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: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
February 12, 2018 April 22, 2018 TBD Online
February 11, 2019 April 21, 2019 TBD Online

ENVP500: Developing a Sustainability Perspective

 Course Description: Explores the applicability of environmental sustainability concepts and principles in developing a sustainable society. Highlights the tensions that exist between our various value systems and how underlying root metaphors influence attitudes towards the environment. Investigates how environmental sustainability concepts and principles inform the development of a sustainable society from the perspectives of community, business, governance, and leadership as well as how they influence the measurement of performance and outcomes will establish the overall philosophical orientation of the program, and helps each student better define for him or herself what sustainable development means, and why it is such an important concept today.  Credits: 3.00

ENVP500: Developing a Sustainability Perspective

 Course Description: Explores the applicability of environmental sustainability concepts and principles in developing a sustainable society. Highlights the tensions that exist between our various value systems and how underlying root metaphors influence attitudes towards the environment. Investigates how environmental sustainability concepts and principles inform the development of a sustainable society from the perspectives of community, business, governance, and leadership as well as how they influence the measurement of performance and outcomes will establish the overall philosophical orientation of the program, and helps each student better define for him or herself what sustainable development means, and why it is such an important concept today.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
September 18, 2017 December 3, 2017 TBD Online
January 15, 2018 April 1, 2018 TBD Online
September 17, 2018 December 2, 2018 TBD Online
January 14, 2019 March 31, 2019 TBD Online

ENVR514: Global Environmental Processes and Current Issues

 Course Description: Introduces the latest scientific research of our changing natural earth "system" to create the basis for thinking about and understanding the complex issues created by global climate change and global biodiversity. Addresses challenges with respect to biodiversity, climate change, adaptations and governance from both international and Canadian perspectives. Provides an opportunity to learn and practice debating and scientific conference presentation skills.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR514: Global Environmental Processes and Current Issues

 Course Description: Introduces the latest scientific research of our changing natural earth "system" to create the basis for thinking about and understanding the complex issues created by global climate change and global biodiversity. Addresses challenges with respect to biodiversity, climate change, adaptations and governance from both international and Canadian perspectives. Provides an opportunity to learn and practice debating and scientific conference presentation skills.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
January 8, 2018 March 18, 2018 TBD Online
January 7, 2019 March 17, 2019 TBD Online

ENVR530: Economics for Decision Making

 Course Description: 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: 3.00

ENVR530: Economics for Decision Making

 Course Description: 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: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
September 4, 2017 November 12, 2017 TBD Blended
September 18, 2017 November 26, 2017 TBD Online
September 3, 2018 November 11, 2018 TBD Blended
September 17, 2018 November 25, 2018 TBD Online

ENVR545: Sustainable Development: From Theory to Practice

 Course Description: 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: 3.00

ENVR545: Sustainable Development: From Theory to Practice

 Course Description: 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: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
January 8, 2018 March 18, 2018 TBD Online
January 8, 2018 March 18, 2018 TBD Online
January 7, 2019 March 17, 2019 TBD Online

ENVR560: Environmental Accounting and Reporting

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR560: Environmental Accounting and Reporting

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
May 14, 2018 July 22, 2018 TBD Online
May 13, 2019 July 21, 2019 TBD Online

ENVR571: Legal Aspects of Environmental Management

 Course Description: 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: 3.00

ENVR571: Legal Aspects of Environmental Management

 Course Description: 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: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
January 15, 2018 March 25, 2018 TBD Online
January 15, 2019 March 24, 2019 TBD Online

ENVR660: Environmental Management Tools

 Course Description: Provides a critical overview and framework for working with environmental and sustainability management systems and tools. Examines various systems of environmental management and tools such as Environmental Impact Assessment and related processes, Environmental Performance Evaluation, and Sustainability Assessment and Risk Assessment. Emphasis will be on the “how-to,” and students are expected to familiarize themselves with the appropriate techniques and methods.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR660: Environmental Management Tools

 Course Description: Provides a critical overview and framework for working with environmental and sustainability management systems and tools. Examines various systems of environmental management and tools such as Environmental Impact Assessment and related processes, Environmental Performance Evaluation, and Sustainability Assessment and Risk Assessment. Emphasis will be on the “how-to,” and students are expected to familiarize themselves with the appropriate techniques and methods.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
June 26, 2017 September 3, 2017 TBD Online
June 25, 2018 September 2, 2018 TBD Online