Courses

A total of 36 credits are required.

In addition to the courses listed below, there are courses available through graduate certificate programs in various subject areas, including: professional communication, leadership, project management and human resources management.

Please review the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program guide, designed to provide you with course information and program related FAQs.

Required Online 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: 0.00
Programs(s): Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice, Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management, Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Social Sciences, Graduate Certificate in Advanced Coaching Practices, Graduate Certificate in Business Development in International Education, Graduate Certificate in Change Management, Graduate Certificate in Corporate Social Innovation, Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication, Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, Graduate Certificate in Global Leadership, Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design, Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate Certificate in International Business and Innovation - Europe, Graduate Certificate in Leadership, Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership, Graduate Certificate in Management Consulting, Graduate Certificate in Organization Design and Development, Graduate Certificate in Personal and Professional Leadership Development, Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication Management, Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Graduate Certificate in Science and Policy of Climate Change, Graduate Certificate in Strategic Enrolment Management, Graduate Certificate in Strategic Global Communication, Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management, Graduate Certificate in Systems Leadership in Higher Education, Graduate Certificate in Tourism Management, Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership, Graduate Certificate in Workplace Innovation, Graduate Diploma in Climate Action Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Conflict Analysis and Management, Graduate Diploma in Disaster and Emergency Management, Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management, Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education and Communication, Graduate Diploma in Global Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Higher Education Administration and Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Human Security and Peacebuilding, Graduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate Diploma in Justice Studies, Graduate Diploma in Learning and Technology, Graduate Diploma in Project Management and Organizational Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Technology-enhanced Learning and Design, Master of Arts in Climate Action Leadership, Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management, Master of Arts in Environment and Management, Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication, Master of Arts in Environmental Practice, Master of Arts in Global Leadership, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding, Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Arts in Justice Studies, Master of Arts in Leadership, Master of Arts in Learning and Technology, Master of Arts in Professional Communication, Master of Arts in Tourism Management, Master of Business Administration in Executive Management, Master of Global Management, Master of Science in Environment and Management, Master of Science in Environmental Practice, Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management, Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management, Bachelor of Business Administration

INDS500: Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies

Guides students in exploration of dominant theoretical paradigms currently used in applied social science studies. Draws from theories used in anthropology, communication studies, education, environmental studies, gender studies, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. Places special emphasis on interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and on theories guiding applied research.
Course Credits: 3.00

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: 3.00

INDS510: Social Science Research Methods

Introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research methods commonly used in the social sciences. Emphasizes applied research projects designed from interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary or transdisciplinary perspectives. Covers basic research process, research topics and questions, research design, accessing and evaluating research, common methodologies, data collection, ethics, and analysis interpretation and communication of research results.
Course Credits: 3.00

New Courses

INDS515: Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Critically introduces students to Indigenous ways of knowing within the contexts of colonialism and contemporary challenges. Explores Indigenous perspectives on identity, the environment, knowledge acquisition, and renewed political relationships. This graduate version of INDS 400 Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing requires students to demonstrate graduate-level skills in reading, writing, and critical analysis and to apply these skills in a research review paper.
Course Credits: 3.00

INDS525: LGBTQ2S+ Global Issues and Community Engagement

Introduces students to history and current issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals and their communities with particular attention to seniors, youth, cultural and linguistic minority groups. Includes discussion of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, agender, transgender, non-binary, queer and Two-Spirit individuals and communities. Examines ways of creating welcoming and inclusive organizations, public services, and communities and approaches LGBTQ2S+ issues from human rights and cultural identity perspectives.
Course Credits: 3.00

INDS535: Outdoor Experiential Education

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.
Course Credits: 3.00

Major Project/Thesis Option

A period of 12 months is allocated to work on the Major Project or Thesis.
Students may choose one major project/thesis option:

INDS640: Major Project

The Major Project constitutes an independent, applied, interdisciplinary research project. The Major Project should demonstrate the student’s knowledge of theory and the ability to apply it in the field and is worth 12 credits. Projects can be carried out at the student’s place of work or with another organization or agency and may or may not involve human participants. In the MA Interdisciplinary Studies, the Major Project is the focal point of a student’s program of study, which has been designed to provide the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary theoretical and methodological foundations for the project. The optimum length for a major project is about 35 pages (about 9,000 words) and should constitute approximately 400 hours of effort by the student. To obtain a copy of the Major Project handbook please contact the program office rru-cis-admin@royalroads.ca.

Course Credits: 12.00

INDS690: Thesis

A thesis is a written product of a systematic study of a significant problem. The thesis demonstrates the ability of a student to analyze existing research, collate or collect data, and apply it in the context of an existing problem. The result is a de novo synthesis of theoretical and empirical information. The thesis identifies a problem, provides a rationale for the study, and states the hypothesis or research question. It identifies major theoretical assumptions, explains the methods chosen to study the problem, analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation based on the data and theoretical framing. The finished thesis evidences originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, and thorough documentation. The thesis should constitute approximately 400 hours of effort by the learner.

Course Credits: 12.00

Residency Courses

Below is a list of residencies that include two or more courses in individual program areas. Students may choose one of the program area residencies below.

VBLD510: Values-Based Leadership: Being Best for the World

Emphasizes the development of leadership strength for dealing with unpredictable challenges through values-based approach to decisions and actions. Fosters exploration, in theory and in practice, of key constructs of values-based leadership and its relationship to adaptability, resilience, authenticity, responsibility, emergent learning, reflective practice, and wisdom. Enhances ‘values fluency’ in articulation of core values, and alignment of behavior and values in complex contexts. Promotes awareness of the relationship between leadership practice and the realization of others’ potential and creation of organizational environments. Co-requisite: VBLD512
Course Credits: 3.00

VBLD512: Values-Based Collaboration and Partnerships

Develops leadership knowledge and the ability to evolve a common understanding of purpose and shared values for creative and sustainable collaboration in teams and partnerships. Examines, in theory and practice, values-based leadership as a foundation for creating trust, fostering reflective dialogue, leveraging difference and diversity, and generating innovation in and through relationships. Develops an understanding of conflict in relation to motivation and as a source of innovation.. Co-requisite: VSLD510
Course Credits: 3.00

VBLD514: Leadership, Culture and Sustainability

Provides models and methods for engaging people in developing productive, innovative, resilient and sustainable cultures in workplaces and communities. Introduces an integral perspective for understanding the relationship between values based leadership and complex systems—their cultures and structures. Overviews current instruments for assessing cultures. Includes conduct of a values based leadership project in which students are supported by the instructor and peers in online groups. Fosters practical wisdom through reflection on projects in face-to-face or virtual meeting formats. Pre-requisites: VBLD510
Course Credits: 3.00

Online Courses

BUSA506: Strategy

Explores new mental models that foster a strategist perspective required by business practitioners responsible for crafting and executing an organization’s strategy. Students will explore and think critically about the core strategic notions, concepts, tools, models and theories required by managers to manage and lead their organizations in today’s challenging, turbulent ecosystem. The thread throughout the course will be a need for all organizations to reposition themselves to accommodate this new Internet of Everything Industrial Age.
Course Credits: 3.00

CAMN502: Foundation: Understanding Conflict, Change and Systems in Organizational Contexts

Provides a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to understanding conflict analysis and management as a field of study and practice. Focuses on engaging with conflict, change, and systems specifically related to organizational contexts
Course Credits: 3.00

CAMN552: Structures: Legal Frameworks and Conflict Engagement

Provides an introduction to legal systems and quasi-legal processes used in conflict resolution, including courts, arbitration and restorative justice. Advances skills of legal analysis, case analysis and problem-solving. Critically examines the role of law in shaping relationships between individuals and groups as well as between the state and society.
Course Credits: 3.00

CAMN553: Processes: Designing Conflict Management Practice

Examines conflict-management process design in organizational contexts, including impact assessment. Advances interpersonal communication and intercultural competencies. Explores the use of technology as a process tool. Pre-requisite: CAMN502
Course Credits: 3.00

CHMN635: Leading Strategic Systems and Culture Change

Explore ways to create a comprehensive change strategy that engages all levels of an organization. Focuses on the multi-dimensional approaches required to inspire and execute positive change, including managing power and influence; facilitating engagement and communication strategies; and building sustainable change-leadership capacity.
Course Credits: 3.00

CHMN675: Organizational Change: Advanced Models, Methodologies and Measurement

Explores tools for facilitating planned changes and personal transitions. Viewing organizations and communities as systems, the course examines the key levers for change and how to integrate these into the change planning process. Using this systems view as a foundational platform, several contemporary models of change will be presented including appreciative inquiry, whole systems change and project management. Students will apply knowledge using case studies, examining why change efforts fail and, more importantly, what roles leaders play in ensuring the successful implementation of change initiatives.
Course Credits: 3.00

CSIN550: Foundation of Corporate Social Innovation

Introduces students to foundational theories, processes, practices and strategies of social innovation as well as corporate intrapreneurship. Through deep introspection, students will gain knowledge of change strategies that include deploying soft and hard power to advance innovative opportunities, while exploring how to influence without formal authority. Learners will get exposed to the creative strategies and activities of social and institutional entrepreneurs (intrapreneurs), activists, organizations, and social movements. Students will examine individuals and groups who have catalyzed important positive social change through different organizational platforms –in the market, in government, within the nonprofit sector, and increasingly in the space between these three sectors. Throughout the course students will examine social innovation through case studies, best practice analyses, and relevant readings.
Course Credits: 3.00

DEMN502: Foundations in Disaster and Emergency Management

Examines the socially constructed relationship between hazards and disasters. Introduces the key stakeholders involved with emergency management, and explores the historic and contemporary principles, policies, and legal frameworks guiding the field of practice. Analyzes different paradigms for conceptualizing the practice of disaster and emergency management in Canadian and international contexts.
Course Credits: 3.00

DEMN552: Hazard and Disaster Risk Management

Examines the changing hazard landscape in the 21st century and explores contemporary approaches to disaster risk management. Explores hazard, vulnerability and resilience in greater depth and analyzes risk management frameworks that structure the assessment of hazards and their impacts on contemporary society. Uses research literature to examine best practices in minimizing residual risk by proactively managing risk, with particular attention given to the preparedness dimension of emergency management practice. Pre-requisites: DEMN502
Course Credits: 3.00

DEMN553: Disaster Response and Sustainable Recovery

Analyzes response to and recovery from disaster events across different social units (e.g., household, organizations, communities). Examines paradigms, theories and models that aid in the understanding of disaster response and sustainable recovery. Explores the ways in which life in a digital world is influencing and shaping response and recovery practices. Examines what is empirically known about disaster response and sustainable recovery and appraises the implications of this knowledge for advancing response and recovery practice. Pre-requisite: DEMN502
Course Credits: 3.00

EDLM540: Building and Managing the School Communities: School Culture and Communication

Examines the interpersonal dynamics of the learning environment with a focus on identifying the shared and disputed norms in the learning community as well as a diversity of needs and interests of students and stakeholders. Applies systems and change theories to managing complexity and resolving conflict as well as working inclusively to promote growth and improvement. Examines issues of governance and the role of law in educational administration.
Course Credits: 3.00

EDLM550: Communication in School Leadership

Examines current practices for communicating information about student learning both within the school community and to the community at large and considers the potential impacts of changing these practices. Develops interpersonal communication strategies to interact effectively with individuals or in group and team settings. Explores the role of communication in building a supportive community including parents, community members and senior administrators.
Course Credits: 3.00

EDLM560: Leading Technological Integration in Schools

Introduces the range of student service options required in technology-mediated learning environments and the challenges involved in their provision. Considers the needs of students, and the role of staff and faculty professional development programs in supporting students. Examines the impact of introducing e-learning into a traditional institution as well as the role of electronic learning networks in supporting school improvement.
Course Credits: 3.00

EDLM570: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Introduces the concept of assessment as, for, and of learning with an emphasis on aligning curriculum with assessment. Distinguishes between large-scale assessment and assessment for learning. Explores the cultural constructs impacting curriculum and assessment. Examines current thinking about authentic assessment and assessment strategies, as well as the challenges inherent in interpreting and communicating evaluation evidence.
Course Credits: 3.00

EDLM580: Supervising, Coaching, and Mentoring for Professional Learning

Addresses the topic of supervision of instructional practices from the perspective of performance-based assessment. Distinguishes between performance-based supervision and evaluation. Considers the impact of supervision on the learning community.
Course Credits: 3.00

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: 3.00

EECO504: Systems Perspectives

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.
Course Credits: 3.00

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: 3.00

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: 3.00

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: 3.00

ENVP500: Developing a Sustainability Perspective

Explores the applicability of environmental sustainability concepts and principles in developing a sustainable society. Highlights the tensions that exist between our various value systems and how underlying root metaphors influence attitudes towards the environment. Investigates how environmental sustainability concepts and principles inform the development of a sustainable society from the perspectives of community, business, governance, and leadership as well as how they influence the measurement of performance and outcomes will establish the overall philosophical orientation of the program, and helps each student better define for him or herself what sustainable development means, and why it is such an important concept today.
Course Credits: 3.00

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.
Course Credits: 3.00

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.
Course Credits: 3.00

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: 3.00

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: 3.00

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: 3.00

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: 3.00

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: 3.00

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.
Course Credits: 3.00

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: 3.00

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: 3.00

EXMN652: Building Sustainable Communities

Explores leadership in relation to building sustainable communities. Applies a broad brush to the topic, fostering a systems view of the challenges inherent in the course title. Grapples with the principles and practice of Community Development and Sustainability. Explores the values and paradoxes of individual and formal leadership in building communities that thrive in balance with their members, the broader community and the environment. Provides challenging opportunities to build learning and capability in specific areas of interest and relevance to the student.
Course Credits: 3.00

EXMN655: Leading a Global Workforce - A Human Resources Perspective

Explores the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of leading a global workforce toward organizational performance and productivity goals in large multi-national conglomerates and in small-scale operations. The course will deal with recognizing and developing core competencies for leading human resources talent on a worldwide scale. Emphasis will be placed on establishing and sustaining a global business strategy, comparative HR systems, leading cross-culturally, global workforce planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, and motivating and rewarding staff.
Course Credits: 3.00

EXMN658: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Explores the business imperativeness of leading with Emotional Intelligence (EI) as it applies to honing one’s personal style and approach to leadership, developing high performing teams, and positioning organizations for bottom-line success and long term viability. Through assessments and personal coaching sessions, students gain new insights into how they can use the EI competency framework and model to enhance their personal leadership, team capacity, and strategic organizational effectiveness.
Course Credits: 3.00

EXMN661: Management Consulting - Best Practices

Along with the companion course, EXMN 668, this course focuses on the needs of the consulting client with students developing expertise in the following ‘best practice’ areas: Effective Communication and Team work – with a focus on developing and maintaining a successful client relationship. Project Management – learners are provided with a fundamental knowledge of project management methodologies, tools and disciplines in the context of a management consulting assignment. Change Management, including tools and techniques related to assessing change readiness, understanding absorptive capacity and managing change. This course meets external education requirements of the CMC Canada providing a fast track to qualify for the prestigious CMC global designation.
Course Credits: 3.00

EXMN662: Leading Innovation

Prepares students to lead innovative teams by fostering awareness of their own and others’ default tendencies, as innovators, and by fostering the adoption of systemic creative problem-solving approaches. The course draws on Creative Problem Solving and Design Thinking models to provide students with a three-stage process for leading innovation that blends theory and practice. Students will better understand processes of innovation and will apply these processes to complex problems. Final portion of class is dedicated to a practicum exercise, which students can choose to do in their own workplace or another context of their choice, in which students facilitate a Creative Problem Solving session.
Course Credits: 3.00

EXMN675: Coaching for Performance

Examines the philosophies and approaches to coaching in the workplace. The course will deal with developing a coaching philosophy and skill set so that learners can support high performance cultures in organizations. Learners will develop an awareness of the nature, purpose and process of coaching in the business environment and of the value of coaching for improving personal commitment and professional productivity.
Course Credits: 3.00

GBLD510: Social Structures and Dynamics within Social-Purpose Organizations

Examines the various structural models of social-purpose organizations, based on assumptions about purpose, power and authority, social justice, complexity, and leadership. Explores the role of organizational culture in social-purpose organizations as it influences employee expectations, horizontal structures, and rewards that go beyond monetary reimbursement. Social-purpose organizations seek to align values and expectations among managers, board, and donors while being sensitive to community expectations, all within an environment that values transparency and respect. Pre-requisites: GBLD501 and GBLD505.
Course Credits: 3.00

GBLD511: Strategic Analysis, Decision Making and Evaluation

Develops knowledge and key skills necessary for conducting strategic analysis, decision making, and evaluation in the context of a ‘learning organization’ that is engaged in planning for complex social change. With donors and communities expecting results, and social-purpose organizations often working with uncertain long-term funding, competent planning is critical. The course will address how to establish innovative goals and processes, and project an ethical and accurate image of the organization, yet manage expectations that align with limited resources. Participants will be introduced to the processes of performance monitoring and evaluation, enabling them to assess the impact of organizational decision making and operations, and to revise decision making accordingly. Pre-requisites: GBLD501 & GBLD505, or LEAD526, LEAD527 & LEAD528, or Program Head approval.
Course Credits: 3.00

GBLD520: Navigating Geo-Political Dynamics of Global Communities

Develops understanding of global communities in their relationships to wider social, cultural, historical, political and economic settings, factors, and ideas. Students connect theories and practices in global community development to the shifting social, political, and economic environments that shape people’s lives in the global North and South. Participants explore the centrality of the concept of globalization and the integration of local and global forces. They develop and apply global literacy in a number of domains: political, economic, cultural, moral, organizational, and spiritual/religious. Pre-requisites: GBLD501 and GBLD505.
Course Credits: 3.00

GBLD521: Community Development in a Global Context

Examines community development from a global perspective as it is practiced in different settings in the world. This includes examining global issues and a spectrum of community-development models, ranging from structured external models to grassroots initiatives originating from within a community (e.g., community movements). Students critically analyze the applicability of various models to specific contexts in different geographic locations; as well as apply their evolving understanding of different community development approaches to real-life contexts. Using current global community challenges and real-world challenges in which they themselves are involved, students explore how different community development approaches can work in a complementary fashion to optimize results at the community level. Pre-requisites GBLD 501 and GBLD 505.
Course Credits: 3.00

GBLD522: Managing Difficult Relationships Within and Across Community Dynamics

Examines tensions and conflicts that arise from the multidimensional and intersectional nature of globalized communities. Using a range of examples from different geographic locations, analyzes how political, economic, cultural, moral, organizational and/or spiritual/religious goals can compete with one another. Participants learn to understand contemporary tensions in their historic contexts and how conflicts can be transformed constructively. Through analyses of selected models and strategies applied at the community level, students develop an understanding of community-based approaches to harness tensions and conflicts, and how to engage in relationships with a global leadership perspective. Pre-requisites: GBLD 501 and GBLD 505
Course Credits: 3.00

HEAL520: Global and National Perspectives on Higher Education

Examines the roles that higher education plays in contributing to society from both Canadian and international perspectives. Considers how international, national and provincial policies shape and define higher education systems. Takes a critical stance on higher educational institutions’ design and organization. Considers issues of governance and institutional culture in various higher educational contexts.
Course Credits: 3.00

HEAL525: Global Perspectives on International Education

Explores historical and current conceptualizations of international education, including its roles and purposes. Examines key issues and critical perspectives that affect how higher education institutions integrate international education into their academic and business models. Considers distinctions in key concepts such as internationalism, internationalization, intercultural competence, and globalization and their implications for higher educational leadership. Analyzes key issues, opportunities, tensions, and conflicts associated with developing international programs and institutional models of internationalization.
Course Credits: 3.00

HEAL530: Leading Educational Change in Higher Education Environments

Examines the leader’s role in initiating, supporting, and sustaining innovation and change in higher education environments. Explores leadership and change-oriented models and theories that can be applied to higher education contexts. Considers the important role of organizational culture and how it affects both leadership approaches and organizational change models. Articulates how communication, collaboration and collegiality influence the change process. Engages participants in how to work effectively with disparate stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, government, interest groups, etc.) to promote positive organizational change.
Course Credits: 3.00

HEAL535: Communication and Organizational Culture in a Globalized World

Explores the role of communication processes and organizational culture in advancing international education in higher education. Examines the implications of communication competence for leaders relative to decision making, problem solving and conflict management in organizational settings. Introduces frameworks, models and concepts for developing communication plans, analyzing cultural contexts and leading cultural change in organizations.
Course Credits: 3.00

HEAL540: New Models for Institutional Viability

Examines how the finance, marketing, labour relations, and recruitment functions of higher education institutions need to work together to support enrolment growth and institutional development. Considers the implications and opportunities for developing effective collective bargaining processes. Explores the innovative ways that higher education institutions raise funds, market programs, and develop recruiting strategies to support programs and services.
Course Credits: 3.00

HEAL545: The Business of International Education

Examines key facets of the business side of international education, including business development, marketing and recruitment strategies, contract management, policy analysis and risk management. Explores the implication of cross-cultural contexts on marketing, strategic partnerships and business development. Considers the implications of international trade in educational services, including the impact of legal, political and fiscal requirements in foreign markets on business development opportunities. Examines the practical applications of global systems thinking to key institutional ventures such as offshore campuses, twinning arrangements and international collaborations.
Course Credits: 3.00

HEAL550: Systems Thinking and Strategic Planning in Higher Education

Focuses on the development of effective and practical plans using a results-based and systems-thinking focus. Explores various models and frameworks for developing both strategic and operational plans. Introduces systems thinking models, concepts and tools for examining complex and inter-dependent issues of significant importance to the post-secondary educational leader. Explores the philosophical and historical antecedents that inform current systems thinking models as well as current approaches to educational planning and development. Examines the role of evidence-based decision making and the use of data-driven strategies in support of developing, implementing, and reviewing plans. Investigates institutional management and planning as an inclusive and collaborative process.
Course Credits: 3.00

HEAL560: Quality, Accountability and Educational Effectiveness

Introduces the concept of public accountability and what it means in a post-secondary context. Explores the roles played by quality assurance and accountability systems in supporting organizational effectiveness. Looks at current models of quality assurance. Examines tensions between the concepts of improvement and accountability and considers the interests and perspectives of different internal and external stakeholders towards assuring educational quality.
Course Credits: 3.00

HEAL570: Leveraging Technology in Higher Education Environments

Introduces the range of models for integrating technology into the higher education learning environment. Examines the impact of introducing online learning into a traditional institution as well as the role of social media in supporting student learning. Explores student service options required in technology-mediated learning environments and the challenges involved in their provision. Considers the needs of students, and the role of staff and faculty professional development programs in supporting students.
Course Credits: 3.00

HRMN540: Leading Organizational Change

Considers the problems, prospects and challenges of leading change. Students will be provided with an opportunity to consider how organizations can effectively develop and maintain adaptive systems. In particular, we will explore several change models, elements of effective change strategies, and barriers to the effective implementation of change programs. Special consideration will be given to leadership issues and in particular to the development of the leadership capacities required to effectively lead change efforts.
Course Credits: 3.00

HSPB500: Foundations of Human Security and Peacebuilding

Focuses on the intellectual foundations of the field through an interdisciplinary examination of the challenges of human security. Approaches the study of human security from the perspectives of economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. Employs broad concept of peacebuilding to designate social transformation that offers greater hope of long-term, sustainable peace. Seeks to illuminate basic theories and concepts through regular reference to concrete cases.
Course Credits: 3.00

HSPB515: Social Policy Issues: Social and Economic Insecurity

Examines linkages between economic restructuring, economic crises, globalization and social crises in the contemporary world. Explores the interconnectedness between local and global dimensions of recurring crises and the ways these relate to policy decisions and outcomes. Focuses on social policy issues as they relate to human security and social reconstruction, and strategies for translating peacebuilding into public policy in support of the foundations of civil society and the rule of law. Includes social reconstruction, humanitarianism in human security, and the social/economic context of conflict. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Course Credits: 3.00

HSPB540: Conflict in the Post-Cold War Era

Uses systematic, substantive, analytical and historical approaches to examine the changing nature of conflict and security threats in the post-Cold War era. Includes a critical examination of the changing patterns of conflict, conflict generating issues, sub-national conflicts, terrorism, international intervention, and counterinsurgency. Examines the consequences of conflict such as refugees and economic decline and political impacts such as failed states. Analyzes the types of conflict resolution strategies and possible interventions and the extent to which conflict can be prevented or deterred. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS611: Intercultural Competence

Examines core concepts and theories on culture and cultural competence. Engages students in application of theoretical frameworks in professional and personal settings. Provides students with an opportunity to critically examine their own socio-cultural locations to raise intercultural awareness, assist in intercultural mindset development, and facilitate intercultural competence development. Enables students to apply an intercultural analysis to complex situations involving stakeholders of different cultural backgrounds. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS641: Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action

Analyzes the moral, ethical and legal basis for humanitarian action. Examines the history of humanitarian policy and practice, and considers its future trajectory in domestic and international contexts. Analyzes humanitarian actors and associated funding, coordination and accountability mechanisms and their influence on humanitarian practice. Examines principles of humanitarian action and efforts to professionalize humanitarian practice. Investigates the fundamentals of effective humanitarian action, including the modalities and the inter-relationship of assistance and protection. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS642: Psychosocial Interventions: Managing Stress, Trauma, and Loss

Examines the psychology and behaviour of survivors, responders and leaders in situations of conflict, crisis, and disaster. Analyzes theory and evidence-informed practices that promote individual and collective resilience and recovery. Explores stress, trauma, grief and coping. Analyzes interventions that address the psychosocial needs of individuals and communities. Pre-requisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS643: Ethno-political Conflicts in the Canadian Context

Addresses the nature of and approaches to response to, community conflicts in the Canadian context, with a specific focus on ethno-political forms of conflict. Compares the manifestation of ethno-political conflict in international and domestic contexts. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS651: Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice

Examines special topics in humanitarian policy and practice through comparative case study and discussion with experts in the field. Topics may vary from year to year, and will draw from current and anticipated issues of concern in a range of humanitarian contexts. Focuses on the connections between humanitarian principles and operations and their longer term development and sustainability consequences, placing particular emphasis on extracting lessons learned from recent cases. Examples may include protracted conflicts, political dimensions of humanitarian funding and action, population movements, homelessness, transition from the humanitarian stage to the development phase, and the efficacy of cross-cutting programming initiatives (e.g., gender, vulnerability). Pre-requisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS652: Adaptive Management for Complex Humanitarian Problems in the 21st Century

Examines leadership theory, research, and practices that support resilience and adaptive planning, addressing concerns related to ill-structured, complex, and inter-related problems, and working in a range of threat environments and contexts. Prerequisites: CAMN502, DEMN502, HSBP500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS653: Environmental and Resource-Based Conflict Management

Explores the nature and impacts of conflicts related to environmental and resource management issues in domestic and international contexts. Examines diversity of perspectives and mandates of stakeholders associated with these types of conflicts, and explores strategies for engaging with these issues to support sustainable development and protect basic human rights. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS661: Risk and Crisis Communication

Examines communication needs associated with contexts of heightened concern (e.g., crisis, conflict, disasters). Analyzes theories about perception of risk. Explores theories, principles and practices of risk and crisis communication that support individuals, organizations and communities making effective risk/benefit decisions, managing fear and uncertainty, and responding to crisis. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS662: Professional Practice in Conflict and Change Management

Develops core skills for professionals working in conflict and change management contexts: reflective practice, use of self, skills, process, and context of application. Examines design and implementation of sustainable and integrative changes at organisational and community levels, as well as in complex multi-stakeholder environments. Builds professional competencies for dealing with resistance and generating buy-in and ownership in change processes. (Blended course with a one week residency.) Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS671: Transdisciplinarity in Practice

Provides students opportunities to locate settings, situations and phenomena suitable for deconstructing concepts of justice and humanitarianism. Students can work with theoretical and practical paradigms to generate strategies focused on complex justice-related problem solving that may otherwise go unaddressed. Includes the identification of suitable research methods and policy development. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS672: Public Images of Justice and Fairness

Evaluates a variety of evocative static and moving images of justice (broadly defined) throughout our social history in photos, videos, literature and other media. Draws on concepts of justice that transect theology, philosophy, sociology, criminal justice, the humanities and even popular culture to deconstruct various societal concepts of justice, fairness, culture, and communication. Pre-requisites: one of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

HUMS673: Indigenous Perspectives on Humanitarianism

Provides students with opportunities to explore trends in humanitarian theory and action from indigenous perspectives. Working with members of an indigenous community or referring to existing cases, students are required to work towards the development and application of indigenous approaches to humanitarian issues. Topics will vary according to student interest and instructor expertise. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

IDSN520: Instructional Design for Technology-Enhanced Learning

Engages students in exploring a systematic approach to the design, development, and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning environments. Enables students to create technology-enhanced learning environments that demonstrate effective and meaningful integration and synthesis of instructional design and technology concepts and principles.
Course Credits: 3.00

IDSN521: Graphic Design for Instructional Designers

Examines the links between graphic design principles and the planning, design, and creation of effective learning materials in print, online or blended environments. Explores basic principles of graphic design, including layout, typography, and colour theory. Examines the key learning theories underpinning the connections between graphic treatment and learner engagement and cognition. Prerequisite: LRNTLNK completion is a mandatory requirement (prerequisite) for progression to this course and the remainder of your program.
Course Credits: 3.00

IDSN522: Project Management for Instructional Designers

Explores project management techniques and frameworks in the context of instructional systems design (ISD). Examines the intersections of project management, instructional systems design (ISD), and instructional design (ID). Builds an understanding of the application of project management to address learning needs in a variety of contexts. Exposes students to the importance of teamwork in the application of project management and instructional systems design (ISD).
Course Credits: 3.00

IHMN505: Trends and Issues in Hospitality Management

Examines community, corporate and social responsibility as it pertains to hotel and resort management. The impact of accommodation on destinations, their competitive position, and the manager’s responsibility for sustainable business development will be examined domestically and internationally.
Course Credits: 3.00

IHMN650: Strategic Planning for Tourism

Developing corporate strategy requires focus on the entire organization and the competitive forces influencing the industry at large. Formulating, implementing, and evaluating corporate and business strategies, while balancing social responsibility and competitive positioning will be examined within the context of the hospitality industry.
Course Credits: 3.00

IICS560: Global Communication

Examines communication between divergent cultural value systems, across ethnic, racial, social, economic, and cultural barriers and how differing levels of technological adaptation and unequal power configurations affect intercultural and international communication. Considers the relation between information technology and the growth of global media systems and multinational corporations. Students analyze the role and significance of the rapid growth of multinational communication industries in shaping the modern world, with particular emphasis on the relationship between technology and the structures of power and control.
Course Credits: 3.00

IICS565: Media Relations in a Global Context

Explores and analyses media relations and how globalization has affected the media industry. Introduces students to media relations strategies and tactics (including broadcast, print, and social media), as well as contextual matters such as media cultures, comparative mass media systems, freedom of the press, cultural norms, ethics, media workplace cultures, media law, and media policy.
Course Credits: 3.00

IICS570: Public Affairs and Advocacy

This course introduces students to the role that lobbying and advocacy play in influencing governmental decision-making. It explores both the theories and practice of lobbying with a focus on strategies and activities of effective public affairs and advocacy campaigns. It also provides both a clear understanding of the key government stakeholders and their role in policy decisions and the evolving frameworks that regulate a lobbyist’s activities. Prerequisite: PCOM 633 Strategic Communication Management.
Course Credits: 3.00

IICS575: Social Marketing

This course introduces students to social marketing, an approach that uses commercial marketing principles and techniques to generate positive social and behavioural change. Students’ learn to identify and build relationships with stakeholders, to apply social diffusion processes to accelerate adoption of new behaviours, and to critically reflect upon social issues and their impact or reach via various media. Students develop a clear understanding of how we can effectively design, facilitate, and evaluate social marketing programs that address a wide range of societal and community-based issues and goals. Through campaign analysis, planning, and design, students develop the critical mindset needed to analyze and creatively address complex social problems and hands-on, practical skills to implement concepts learned.
Course Credits: 3.00

IICS605: Public Culture

Examines the cultural turn and its significance in the social sciences. Surveys how with the cultural turn the concept of culture has changed in content and relevance and has begun to occupy a prominent role in public discourse. Examines the cultural interrelations between social, political, and economic structures, patterns of everyday interaction, and systems of meaning-making. Reviews influential emerging interdisciplinary literature and examines substantive issues such as space and place, collective memory, material culture, consumer culture, media culture, culture and nation, modernity and postmodermity, cultural flows and networks, colonialism and postcolonialism, race and ethnicity, gender and sex, cultural property, muilticulturalism, identity, performance, art, and technology. Utilizes knowledge mobilization technologies to take an active role in the transformation of public culture.
Course Credits: 3.00

IICS615: Sport for Society

Challenges students to critically examine the ways communication and sport interact to influence culture and leverage social change within the context of journalistic reporting, sports public relations campaigns, social media outreach, sport policy, sport event planning and promotion, and sport for peace and development. Introduces and applies theoretical frameworks through experiential, case study, and team based learning activities. Analyzes sport’s social, cultural, political, and economic significance in our present globalized and commercialized society. *Pending approval.
Course Credits: 3.00

IICS625: Communication for Health and Well-being

Offers a holistic survey on current developments in communication studies with emphasis on physical, mental, spiritual, relational, and environmental well being in different communities and cultures. Deepens student understanding of ideas, research and practice related to public health disparities, provider-patient communication, social ecology of illness, health communication, e-health, public discourse and controversy on medicine, health, and environmental issues, and religion and health beliefs.
Course Credits: 3.00

IICS672: International Relations and Public Diplomacy

Introduces students to the major theories and concepts of international relations and public diplomacy. Examines the main structures, processes, and raises awareness of different international issues and problems of both historical and contemporary significance. Examines the impact of globalization and social change.
Course Credits: 3.00

INDS515: Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Critically introduces students to Indigenous ways of knowing within the contexts of colonialism and contemporary challenges. Explores Indigenous perspectives on identity, the environment, knowledge acquisition, and renewed political relationships. This graduate version of INDS 400 Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing requires students to demonstrate graduate-level skills in reading, writing, and critical analysis and to apply these skills in a research review paper.
Course Credits: 3.00

INDS525: LGBTQ2S+ Global Issues and Community Engagement

Introduces students to history and current issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals and their communities with particular attention to seniors, youth, cultural and linguistic minority groups. Includes discussion of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, agender, transgender, non-binary, queer and Two-Spirit individuals and communities. Examines ways of creating welcoming and inclusive organizations, public services, and communities and approaches LGBTQ2S+ issues from human rights and cultural identity perspectives.
Course Credits: 3.00

JUST502: Foundations in Transdisciplinary Justice

Introduces students to the distinctions between multi and interdisciplinary conceptions of justice and transdisciplinary studies of justice. Traces the origins of transdisciplinary studies and examines the integration of natural and social sciences toward the development of holistic approaches to problems in justice. Provides a critique of current discipline-based approaches to the study of justice-related problems through the development of transdisciplinary models of justice within a democratic context.
Course Credits: 3.00

JUST505: Case Studies in Transdisciplinary Justice

Compares approaches to understanding and addressing injustice through analysis of case studies representing real events. Bridges the theoretical and practical perspectives on justice. Draws on a range of changing topics gathered from current societal issues which may include Aboriginal rights, health, disability, housing, poverty, racism, gender inequality and environmental issues or other topics as appropriate. Prerequisites: JUST 502.
Course Credits: 3.00

JUST506: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Social Justice

Examines the underlying and historic constructs of, and approaches to, social justice. Explores the critical theories and work of key thinkers across a range of disciplines to unpack issues of power, poverty, equity and social injustice based on individual and collective characteristics (e.g. gender, race, power, ethnicity, socioeconomic standing, religion, or sexuality). Highlights social activism and social movements designed to affect social change, and asks students to reflect on their own impact and relationship to issues of social justice. Pre-requisite: JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.00

LEAD516: Concepts and Theories of Leadership

Provides an in-depth examination of the complex and evolving conceptions of leadership in extraordinary times. Examines major leadership theories and perspectives in current literatures through an intersectional and social inclusion lens to critically reflect on and understand challenges and opportunities facing today’s leaders. Critical reflection on leadership literature and students’ own worldviews, conceptions, and experiences of leadership will ground students’ studies throughout the program.
Course Credits: 3.00

LEAD650: Coaching for Leadership

As organizations move through one change to another, coaching is increasingly being recognized as critical support for change leadership and management. In any change it is individuals that actually implement whatever change is being initiated. Coaching leaders help individuals (and teams) make the best use of their own resources to meet both personal and organizational goals. A leader who coaches can be a catalyst to increased resilience, creativity and performance for individuals and organizations in the midst of the change cycle. This course is aimed at helping you learn to use a coach approach as a leader. You will explore your individual philosophy of leadership coaching and practice coaching skills with others. Coaching is a conversational skill; the course has a strong emphasis on application of knowledge. Your most powerful learning about coaching will happen through practice. The course is designed to move from theory to practice in such a way that you experience the benefit of coaching for your own development and the potential that coaching offers for others. It is also designed to incorporate and apply whatever knowledge and experience you may already have with coaching. • To clarify what coaching is and how it contributes to individual and organizational performance; • To examine models and processes for coaching; • To increase your personal mastery in establishing coaching relationship; • To increase your skill and confidence as a coach in listening, questioning and supporting the person being coached towards higher levels of performance and satisfaction; • To examine opportunities for coaching in your own context.
Course Credits: 3.00

LRNT523: Foundations of Learning and Technologies

Investigates foundational issues underpinning learning technologies. Examines the histories, theories, debates, and contemporary developments of the field. Provides a well-rounded and in-depth understanding of critical issues in learning and technology and their impact on society.
Course Credits: 3.00

LRNT524: Innovation, Design and Learning Environments

Explores a variety of design models and approaches in creating exemplar learning environments. Analyzes and gains an appreciation of student and stakeholder needs. Investigates effective and ineffective designs. Explores the role of innovation in re-imagining learning environments. Applies a design mindset to solve real-world problems.
Course Credits: 3.00

LRNT525: Leading Change in Digital Learning

Examines aspects of leadership and change as they affect the creation and implementation of digital learning environments. Develops leadership and change management skills.
Course Credits: 3.00

MGMT562: International Business Strategy

Examines new and old mental models to foster a strategist perspective in international business practitioners. Students will explore and think critically about the core strategic international business notions, concepts, tools, models and economic trade theories required by managers to manage and lead their organizations in today’s challenging and turbulent international business ecosystem. Co-requisites: MGMT 561,568, 541A.
Course Credits: 3.00

MGMT564: International Marketing

Provides the frameworks and skills required to develop a successful marketing plan for a business, product or service in an international marketplace. Students will study and examine successes and failures of international brands and will apply their learning by developing international marketing plans for business ventures they will form and operate within a highly interactive marketing simulation.
Course Credits: 3.00

MGMT565: International Accounting Tools for Financial Health

Considers financial tools and performance measurements that are widely used in both the public and private sectors. The course focuses on tools that are required by both experienced and aspiring leaders, providing opportunities for hands-on application of tools and measurements by course participants. In individual and team projects, students will examine the controls used by organizations.
Course Credits: 3.00

MGMT566: Ethics, Law and Corporate Social Responsibility

Examines theories, models and practices associated with ethical business practices in an international and intercultural context. Issues are examined involving conducting business across different legal contexts and corporate governance systems that exist across national and cultural boundaries. Focuses on the inter-relationships between ethics and business, different legal systems, and systems of corporate governance. Particular attention is paid to the differences that exist across cultures and jurisdictions, recognizing the difficulties and challenges businesses face when operating internationally. Core competencies and strategies required for navigating through these often conflicting and contradictory systems are examined. Pre-requisite: MGMT 540.
Course Credits: 3.00

MGMT570: Leading your Workforce in a Global Context

Examines theories, models and practices associated with leadership and explores the application of learning to the complexities, challenges and opportunities of managing human resources in a global context. The course deals with recognizing and developing core competencies for leading human resources talent in the complicated and complex global landscape within which organizations operate. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to exercise their leadership in managing individual and team performance, global workforce planning, recruitment and selection, onboarding, training and development, succession planning, and motivating and rewarding staff. Prerequisites: MGMT 540.
Course Credits: 3.00

ORGD625: Organization Design: Processes for Positive Change

Explores the complex processes of effective organization change and introduces practices to support positive systemic engagement. Provides students with the skills required to design and deliver customized interventions to assist organizations in leading and implementing positive stakeholder-engaged organization change. 3 credits.
Course Credits: 3.00

ORGD640: Organization Development: Supporting Organizational Health and Vitality

Develops knowledge and skills necessary for conducting strategic analysis, decision making, and evaluation in complex organizations with particular focus on organizational health and vitality. Students will be introduced to approaches that assist in discerning intentions, roles and foci for Organization Development (OD) and change processes, and in finding a best fit with the practitioner’s style and capabilities.
Course Credits: 3.00

PCOM530: Strategic Digital Communication

Introduces students to communication in the digital landscape. Distinguishes between digital and traditional/analog media and how a strong strategic communication must include elements of both to be effective. Helps students identify the advantages, shortcomings and risks of digital communication, and the significance of evaluating and reporting the impact of digital communication. Includes case studies, discussion forums for collaborative learning, an exercise drawn from the corporate world where students must convince cynical senior management about the need for and value of digital communication, and a team effort to develop a well-rationalized digital communication campaign plan.
Course Credits: 3.00

PCOM540: Communication, Culture, Media and Technology

Presents an overview of the historical development of theories and approaches to media and cultural studies as they interconnect with communication studies. Considers the meaning and production of culture, the culture industry, and various interpretive practices. Explores how mass media has influenced and been influenced by cultural industries and contextualizes our current digital age in relation to other major advancements in communication history. Drawing on contemporary media and cultural theory, the course investigates how our current digital environment modifies our definitions of privacy and the public, civil society, political participation, and culture through case studies and applied and experiential activities.
Course Credits: 3.00

PCOM633: Strategic Communication

Explores effective management of external communication systems and processes in an organizational context. Reference is made to the linkages between all major communication efforts, including engagement, marketing and advertising; however, the emphasis of the course is on public relations, stakeholder relations, and corporate communication. The course focuses on the requisite skill set of corporate communication leaders, including reputation management, crisis management and strategic communication planning. Current trends, such as the use of social media channels, are highlighted. The course is delivered through a combination of case studies, experiential exercises, and interactive lectures designed to provide an opportunity to apply learnings through realistic scenarios and role playing.
Course Credits: 3.00

PCOM640: Communication Policy, Politics and Law

Takes as its premise the political and ideological nature of communication, media and culture. Surveys classic and contemporary sources, themes and debates in the academic communication literature as these relate to disciplinary subfields such as policy, political economy, political communication, technology studies, cultural economics, law and ethics, and as they manifest in the interpersonal, print, broadcast, and telecommunications realms. Learners explore topics ranging from trans-national and state-level concerns to civil society; from electoral politics to those of social movements and countercultures; and from major policy documents and regulatory bodies in Canada and abroad to issues like terrorism and propaganda, privacy and surveillance, digital media and intellectual property that test the capacity of policymakers.
Course Credits: 3.00

PCOM650: Special Topics in Communication

Responds to current and emerging issues or trends in the professional field of communication and communication studies. Offered by local and visiting scholar practitioners with expertise in the relevant topic. Course topics may include: science communication, crisis communication, 'new' new media (the second wave of new media that extends beyond websites and email), journalistic shifts, and political discourse.
Course Credits: 3.00

PJMN501: Managing Complex Projects

Project managers use specific proven techniques and strategies for achieving outstanding results. Several models have evolved to provide contextual frameworks for integrating projects within an organization’s strategic goals. This course includes and examines the benefits realization approach and the SMART (strategically managed, aligned, regenerative and transitional) model.
Course Credits: 3.00

PJMN502: Project Planning and Scheduling

Examines the constraints faced by every project manager in any project and timeframe, budget, human resources, specifications, equipment and material-without letting the constraints limit innovation and creativity. The course introduces techniques for work breakdown structure development, estimating, forecasting, evaluating and forecasting, monitoring and reporting costs and interpreting earned-value data.
Course Credits: 3.00

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: 3.00

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: 3.00

SPCC616: Climate Solutions

This experiential course enables students to work with their own or other organizations addressing climate change. It represents the transdisciplinary part of the course as it promotes working with and incorporating other ways of knowing and non-academic organizations. Students will arrange placements with First Nations, Government Departments at any level, Business and Industry and Civil Society, or NGOs. They will work with a supervisor in that organization as well as an academic advisor to enable them to wrest meaning from the experience and add value to the organization.
Course Credits: 3.00

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: 3.00

TRMN505: Strategic Tourism Marketing

Examines the current and pragmatic aspects of the strategic marketing and planning of tourism. The impact of experiential vs. traditional marketing methods is analysed along with the implications in formulating, implementing, and evaluating corporate and destination strategies. Customer profiling and traditional and e-distribution channels are investigated including images, messages and with a lens to optimize limited resources. Students will challenge current assumptions and reflect on their own practice and experience as they make decisions on how to effectively connect with tourism products, destinations, and evolving customer expectations.
Course Credits: 3.00

TRMN506: Sustainable Tourism Management

Identifies and evaluates best practices in context, processes, skills and resources used in sustainable tourism. Policy, planning, regulations and implementation from government, business and community perspectives are analyzed. Dynamic issues such as global climate change, green tourism planning, environmental impacts of tourism, sustainability goals, performance measurement, capacity building, and funding will be examined and debated through case studies.
Course Credits: 3.00

TRMN507: Ethics in Tourism and Hospitality

Essential stewardship issues of personal and corporate responsibility in a global context are analyzed. Environmental and social stewardship within a global economy for tourism operators, destinations, First Nations protocols and community stakeholders are evaluated. Moral perspectives are debated relative to decision-making, negotiation, and responsible tourism development.
Course Credits: 3.00

TRMN625: Social Entrepreneurship

Creating and leading organizations, social entrepreneurs strive to advance social and environmental change through innovative business practices. Learners examine how this global phenomenon exists within the non-profit, public and private sectors. Processes of social entrepreneurship assessed in this course include: recognizing opportunities; evaluating feasibility; building effective business models; mobilizing resources; scaling impact and building sustainability. Through case studies and assignments, learners evaluate common strategies and pitfalls encountered when creating stable, sustainable, and successful social ventures in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Course Credits: 3.00

WINV560: Cultivating Creative Confidence and Competence

Focuses on the individual’s role in workplace innovation. Explores key innovation skills such as problem solving, risk taking, communication and relationship building skills, and how individuals develop the confidence and competence to use those skills to innovate within organizations.
Course Credits: 3.00

WINV685: Innovation Tools and Processes

Focuses on innovation at a team level and will include an exploration of tools and processes used in group settings. Considers topics such as interdisciplinary diversity, principles of innovation, design thinking, the use of artifacts, sketching, model making and prototyping, and group decision making and execution.
Course Credits: 3.00

WINV690: Workplace Innovation: Strategy and Culture

Considers the need for embedding innovation in both strategy and culture within an organization. Identifies leadership practices necessary to encourage and support innovation. Students will examine models and tools for understanding how workplace culture can be measured and managed, alongside innovative approaches to strategy development.
Course Credits: 3.00