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 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
May 10, 2021 July 18, 2021 TBD Online
July 12, 2021 August 22, 2021 TBD Blended
September 13, 2021 November 21, 2021 TBD Online

EECO504: Systems Perspectives

 Course Description: Explores the value and implications of engaging in systems thinking for environmental education and communication. Investigates what systems thinking means, and what systems thinking entails through reviewing, engaging with, and applying key concepts and common approaches that are used in systems work. Considers the source and nature of various perspectives on systems, and reveals how different approaches lead to different understanding and thus different action. Distinguishes the opportunities and constraints of acting responsibly in a complex systems world.  Credits: 3.00

EECO504: Systems Perspectives

 Course Description: Explores the value and implications of engaging in systems thinking for environmental education and communication. Investigates what systems thinking means, and what systems thinking entails through reviewing, engaging with, and applying key concepts and common approaches that are used in systems work. Considers the source and nature of various perspectives on systems, and reveals how different approaches lead to different understanding and thus different action. Distinguishes the opportunities and constraints of acting responsibly in a complex systems world.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
November 16, 2020 February 7, 2021 TBD Online
November 15, 2021 February 6, 2022 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

INDS535: Outdoor Experiential Education

 Course Description: Explores outdoor experiential education (OEE) broadly while engaging specifically with key issues such as curriculum, educational methods, transformative learning, Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, and eco-literacy. Discusses timely topics such as the forest school approach and the rise in popularity of risky outdoor play, along with other relevant theoretical and practical perspectives. Engages students in thinking critically and creatively about the place and space for outdoor experiential learning within education today. Guides students to challenge assumptions through fostering personal and professional eco-literacy, while developing a community of practice via dialogue and shared narratives.  Credits: 3.00

INDS535: Outdoor Experiential Education

 Course Description: Explores outdoor experiential education (OEE) broadly while engaging specifically with key issues such as curriculum, educational methods, transformative learning, Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, and eco-literacy. Discusses timely topics such as the forest school approach and the rise in popularity of risky outdoor play, along with other relevant theoretical and practical perspectives. Engages students in thinking critically and creatively about the place and space for outdoor experiential learning within education today. Guides students to challenge assumptions through fostering personal and professional eco-literacy, while developing a community of practice via dialogue and shared narratives.  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