Courses

ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity

The Introduction to Academic Integrity course illustrates academic integrity and plagiarism in real-life scenarios. A clear sense of academic honesty and responsibility is fundamental to good scholarship, and the integrity of university academic work and the degrees conferred by the university is dependent upon the honesty and soundness of the teacher-student learning relationship and of the evaluation process. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism, and other academic offences. The Introduction to Academic Integrity course serves as a helpful, interactive companion to the academic integrity policy and procedures outlined in the Student Policies & Procedures, which contains the policies and procedures that guide academic life at Royal Roads and support our mission as a university.
Course Credits: 0.0

CALS501: Leading Climate Action in Society Part 1

This course, and the complimentary course for year 2, CAL 601, weave a coherent thread through the life of the program optimizing the cohort learning. Students will choose themes, identify current thought leaders working in research or practice on these themes, initiate online and open social networks around the themes, and share back to others in the cohort what they have learned, and where they might initiate further learning through research, consulting projects, or individualized learning plans, grounded in one of these themes. Faculty and other knowledge holders from multiple relevant disciplinary areas will introduce and discuss key theories, debates, policies and contemporary developments of the field. The structure of this year-long course includes a 10-day residency consisting of a 3-day conference and one-week of experiential learning designed to introduce the core learning threads of the program including specifically the focus on both Western and Traditional Indigenous Knowledges, theories, and perspectives on leadership, climate change and climate action. This face to face component of the course will be followed by a quarterly series of on-line seminars designed for reflection and integration of all topics underway in the program. Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites: successful completion of Building your Digital Skills for Graduate Learning.
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS502: Communication for Climate Action

Examines and applies communication theories and strategies to inform and educate, garner engagement and support, and build and share campaigns to address climate adaptation and action. Highlights environmental and climate change visual communication as an emerging field which, through collaboration and deliverables, can build bridges between science and society. Explores the strengths, opportunities and challenges of digital learning environments, networks, and communities as tools to support mutual learning and collaboration for climate action. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS503: Climate Risk Management

Examines core principles, theories and concepts of climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and low-carbon resilience. Explores the linkage between disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and outlines strategies, methods, and tools for integrated climate risk assessment and management.
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS504: Modelling the Business Case for Climate Adaptation

Provides a framework for thinking about climate adaptation and low carbon resilience with topics focused on the economics of adaptation including assessment of economic impacts, cost-benefit analysis of climate adaptation options. Equips students with economic tools necessary to identify, prioritize, design and implement climate-adaptation projects and policies, and access climate finance for adaptation action. Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites: CALS503.
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS505: Leading Change in Organizations and Communities

Focuses on reflective practice, professional conduct, and leadership skills for the adaptation management practitioner. Applies a systems approach to conflict and change management a consideration of how organizations and institutions can effectively develop and maintain adaptive systems. Special consideration will be given to the change leadership capacities necessary to effectively lead climate adaptation efforts. Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites: CALS503. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS601: Leading Climate Action in Society Part 2

In this course students continue the development and application of design mindset and transdisciplinary thinking to climate action and leadership emphasizing knowledge translation and mobilization. The structure of this year-long course incorporates a 10-day residency that includes a 3-day face-to-face conference designed to engage students, faculty, other climate change adaptation experts and professionals, and interested citizens in dialogue, knowledge sharing, and applied solution generation to place-based climate adaptation problems. As with CAL 501, this residency will be followed by a quarterly series of on-line seminars designed for reflection and integration of all topics underway in the program. Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites: CALS501, 502, 503 and enrollment in degree program.
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS602: Conducting Climate Action Research

Focuses on the research process with particular emphasis on creating effective action research questions, analyzing and synthesizing literature, developing evidence-based arguments, selecting systematic methodological approaches and methods to collect and analyze primary data, and develop research proposals.
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS603: Translating and Assessing Climate Risk and Resilience for Practitioners

Introduces students to conceptual and applied frameworks and tools that support optimal assessment and action to minimize the exposure of people or entire populations to climate and disaster impacts and foster adaptation and resilience for individuals, organizations and communities. Supports students’ ability to translate and communicate downscaled climate data and projections into meaningful information usable in a range of contexts and stakeholder groups.
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS690: Research Thesis

Collects, analyzes and synthesizes primary data to develop recommendations and identify areas for additional research. Requires students to adhere to the guidelines introduced in CAL 007 with regard to applied research, ethics and academic integrity. Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites – successful completion of MACAL year 1, CALS602.
Course Credits: 12.0

CALS691: Designing a Practitioner Portfolio

Introduces students to epistemologies, methods and pathways for climate adaptation inquiry and consulting services. Working with a faculty supervisor, students will develop a Practitioner Portfolio equivalent to 9 credits, reflecting each students’ individual competency profile and learning/professional goals. Portfolios may include existing relevant for-credit courses (e.g., ENVP Climate Solutions Field School) and not-for-credit courses and continuing professional development learning opportunities (e.g., courses designed as part of the Inspiring Climate Action project). The portfolio will support students deepening knowledge and skills in specific, identified CCA competency areas or employment sectors. All not-for-credit work will include academic assessment strategies and outputs (e.g., reflection papers, webinars, podcasts) that demonstrate the acquisition and integration of relevant competencies and learning outcomes. Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites – CALS601.
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS692: Climate Action Experiential Learning

*pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

CALS694: Internship

*pending approval
Course Credits: 6.0

SPCC614: Science and Impacts of Climate Change

This course is a foundational introductory, interdisciplinary course about the nature, causes, and impacts of climate change. Resources will include IPCC and Canadian and BC government reports as well as significant current journal articles and publications. Impacts covered will include warming, sea level rise, melting of permafrost and altered distribution and migration patterns as well as impacts on livelihoods and cultures. It will combine perspectives from Geology, Biology, Sociology and Modelling.
Course Credits: 3.0