Courses

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

ENVR514: Global Environmental Processes and Current Issues

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: 3.0

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

ENVR581: Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Toxicology and Risk Assessment: Examines the scientific and technical foundations associated with managing the risks of various human activities to individual organisms (including humans), as well as interactive, complex biological assemblages (populations, communities, ecosystems). Students critically evaluate the benefits of risk assessment and risk management approaches in balance with quantitative and qualitative uncertainties, inadequacies, and possibility of bias in practice. Practical examples of environmental management initiatives that are based on risk assessment are evaluated.
Credits: 3.0

ENVR582: Environmental Analysis and Remediation

Focuses on assessment and remediation of contaminants. Addresses anthropogenic activities which may introduce physical and chemical contaminants into the surrounding air, water or land. Discusses principles of environmental sampling and the application of physical and chemical analytical methodologies to assess the concentration of contaminants in soil, water and sediments. Examines quality assurance and quality control practices as well as strategies for the management of environmental contaminants including pollution prevention and remediation. Explores remedial approaches including physical, chemical, thermal and biological technologies.
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

ENVR660: Environmental Management Tools

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: 3.0

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

ENVR695: Master of Science Thesis

Engages students in the culminating research project of the program, i.e. a thesis of scientific study 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 and analysis of the environmental issues central to a particular area or resource industry or a particular issue in, for example, toxicology, ecological sustainability, or technology. Includes conclusions or recommendations that offer guidance to the public, policy makers or managers on the relevance of the research, and how the research findings might affect policymaking or planning. Pre-requisites: ENVR550, ENVR506
Credits: 12.0