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

EECO500: Developing Environmental Understandings

Explores how personal environmental identities, values, beliefs, feelings and attitudes are formed. Considers how environmental education and communication programs approach building a sense of place and wonder; offer direct experience in the environment; help develop responsible environmental behaviours; and build the capacity to implement meaningful environmental actions that resolve environmental problems and issues. Students examine the historic evolution of environmental education and communications, and various theories of environmental learning and literacy. Co-requisite: EECO503
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO503: Foundations for Environmental Communication

Explores the intersection of communication and the environment in various mediated and unmediated forms. Introduces a range of significant interpersonal, group/organizational and mass communication theories to environmental communication. Examines those theories from the context of their practical contributions to environmental communications and our understanding of how we form notions about the environment. Highlights the essential role communication has played in getting us to our current environmental situation and the role communication might play in helping us to change course.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO508: Learning Theory and Program Design

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.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO510: Worldviews, Ethics, and the Environment

Examines the range of philosophical and ethical stances at work today as expressed in contemporary environmental education and communications. Investigates environmental ethics as they are tested against real-world environmental problems.
Course 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.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR504: Sustainability Science and Management

Examines interactions between global, social, and human systems, the complex mechanisms that lead to change in these systems, and the effects on human and ecological well-being. Introduces concepts of inter- and transdisciplinarity as approaches to developing a sustainable global society by examining challenges that existing disciplines have or cannot address. These include endeavors to simultaneously understand phenomena and solve problems, the movement towards integrative sciences and integrated planning and decision-making, the co-evolution of knowledge and recognition of problems, and trade-offs between global and local problem solving. Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites: ENVR 662. *pending approval
Course 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.
Course 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 impacts. Applies theoretical concerns to the issue of climate change in Canada. Gives students the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, and on the practices of sustainable development in their own communities.
Course 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, and 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.
Course 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.
Course 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.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR590: Regenerative Innovation and Management

Focuses on innovations and solutions linked to social and technological innovations that also draw on the work of graduate students who are leading some of those innovations on-the-ground. Explores an ecological worldview and builds on concepts of sustainability as well as systems sciences. Examines developments and innovations in the context of ‘net positive’ or ‘regenerative’ technical, cultural and economic systems. Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites: Pre-req ENVR 504, Co-req ENVR 655. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

INDS505: Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Across Disciplines

Introduces communication strategies designed to enhance clear and effective written discourse at the graduate level across disciplines. Examines the basic principles of successful scholarly writing, including those specific to the students’ own disciplines, and the critical analysis of academic research and discourse. Students will write a critical literature review through a series of research and writing assignments in an interactive online environment.
Course Credits: 3.0

TRMN503: Transforming Destinations

Social, economic, infrastructure, stakeholder and political aspects of a community and region are investigated relative to the interest in creating sustainable tourism destination. The role and importance of consensus-building processes; theming and visioning; community capacity and land use planning; and destination marketing organization (DMO) development will be reviewed as integral elements for success.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR626: Leadership and Sustainable Development

Synthesizes the cumulative learning throughout the program of study by enabling the capacity of learners. Develops personal leadership and action plans on the major challenges discussed in the previous residencies and online course work; to see and act sustainably and ethically in a complex multicultural world.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR655: Governance Innovations for Sustainability

Considers new emerging governance models such as polycentric, adaptive and multi-level governance models, focusing on current development path change. First and foremost, will explore Indigenous models of governance and possible integration with emerging models. Looking at other successful models and strategies for achieving sustainable and resilient outcomes in business, social and environmental profit focused organizations, government, and in civil society. Provide the opportunity to engage with, understand and experience the challenges of change for sustainability by working on a local sustainability issue, co-developed with either the City of Victoria or adjacent municipalities, or nationally. Provides a transformative learning experience that fosters active learning, engagement, and collaboration in order to identify and solve problems in contexts that are ambiguous, and demand creativity, innovation and implementation on the ground. Co-requisites: ENVR 590.
Course 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.
Course 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.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR685: Major Research Project in Environment and Management

*pending approval
Course Credits: 9.0

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.
Course Credits: 12.0

SPCC615: Climate Policy and Governance

This course reviews and evaluates existing policy instruments and governance institutions designed to address climate change (both adaptation and mitigation) now and in the future: e.g. COP process including COP 21- the Paris Agreement, UNFCCC, local, regional and national policies in Canada and elsewhere. It will include human dimensions of such policies and governance such as gender, equity, indigenous rights, communication and others.
Course Credits: 3.0