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.

Upcoming Start Dates

EECO500: Developing Environmental Understandings

 Course Description: 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  Credits: 3.00

EECO500: Developing Environmental Understandings

 Course Description: 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  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
July 6, 2020 August 16, 2020 TBD Online
July 12, 2021 August 22, 2021 TBD Blended

EECO503: Foundations for Environmental Communication

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

EECO503: Foundations for Environmental Communication

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
July 6, 2020 August 16, 2020 TBD Online
May 10, 2021 July 18, 2021 TBD Online
July 12, 2021 August 22, 2021 TBD Blended
September 13, 2021 November 21, 2021 TBD Online

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 31, 2020 November 8, 2020 2316.67 Online
August 30, 2021 November 7, 2021 TBD Online

EECO510: Worldviews, Ethics, and the Environment

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

EECO510: Worldviews, Ethics, and the Environment

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
April 26, 2021 July 4, 2021 TBD Online
April 25, 2022 July 3, 2022 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 14, 2020 November 22, 2020 TBD Online
March 29, 2021 June 6, 2021 TBD Online
March 28, 2022 June 5, 2022 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 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.  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 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
January 11, 2021 March 21, 2021 TBD Online
January 10, 2022 March 20, 2022 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
June 21, 2021 August 29, 2021 TBD Online
June 20, 2022 August 28, 2022 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 11, 2021 March 21, 2021 TBD Online
January 10, 2022 March 20, 2022 TBD Online

ENVR626: Leadership and Sustainable Development

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

ENVR626: Leadership and Sustainable Development

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
September 1, 2020 November 1, 2020 TBD Online
September 14, 2020 November 22, 2020 TBD Online
September 6, 2021 November 7, 2021 TBD Blended
September 13, 2021 November 21, 2021 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 21, 2021 August 29, 2021 TBD Online
June 20, 2022 August 28, 2022 TBD Online

INDS505: Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Across Disciplines

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

INDS505: Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Across Disciplines

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
September 14, 2020 November 22, 2020 TBD Online
February 1, 2021 April 11, 2021 TBD Online
September 13, 2021 November 21, 2021 TBD Online
February 7, 2022 April 17, 2022 TBD Online

SPCC615: Climate Policy and Governance

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

SPCC615: Climate Policy and Governance

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
April 5, 2021 June 13, 2021 TBD Online
April 4, 2022 June 12, 2022 TBD Online

TRMN503: Transforming Destinations

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

TRMN503: Transforming Destinations

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
May 17, 2021 July 30, 2021 TBD On Campus
January 10, 2022 April 8, 2022 TBD On Campus
February 7, 2022 April 10, 2022 TBD Online