Courses

ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity

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

ENVR504: Sustainability Science and Management

Examines the dynamic coupled interactions between global, social, political and human systems; the complex processes that can lead to change in these systems, and the effects on decisions concerning ecological, social, and economic imperatives. Explores leading-edge research and concepts of inter- and trans-disciplinarity as approaches to developing a sustainable global governance system by examining challenges that existing disciplines have or cannot address, as solutions are beyond any one sector, any one discipline or any one government to solve. These include endeavours to simultaneously understand phenomena and solve problems; the need for integrative sciences and integrated long-term planning and decision-making; frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Goals, the Anthropocene, as well as the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and their implications for sustainability management and decision makers. Corequisites: ENVR 662.
Course Credits: 3.0

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: 3.0

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: 3.0

ENVR550: Research and Analysis

Provides an overview of both natural and social science methods and techniques that apply directly to preparing and completing the master's thesis, as well as professional assignments following graduation, and exposes students to diverse applied research methods within a sustainable development context. An explicit objective of this course is the formulation of the thesis research question, abstract and research proposal outline in preparation for the poster presentation that takes place during the second residency.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR581: Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Toxicology and Risk Assessment: Examines the scientific and technical foundations associated with managing the risks of various human activities to individual organisms (including humans), as well as interactive, complex biological assemblages (populations, communities, ecosystems). Students critically evaluate the benefits of risk assessment and risk management approaches in balance with quantitative and qualitative uncertainties, inadequacies, and possibility of bias in practice. Practical examples of environmental management initiatives that are based on risk assessment are evaluated.
Course Credits: 3.0

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: 3.0

ENVR590: Regenerative Innovation and Management

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

ENVR626: Leadership and Sustainable Development

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

ENVR655: Governance Innovations for Sustainability

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

ENVR662: Systems Methods for Environmental Management

Explores systems as a lens for understanding the world and complex problems, and investigates approaches for examining and addressing sustainability issues using systems thinking. Introduces theories and concepts associated with systems, as well as different perspectives and ways of knowing that align with systems thinking. Applies systems theories and concepts to real-world phenomena and issues, and provides techniques and methods for employing systems approaches in environmental and sustainable development practices. Corequisites: ENVR504: Sustainability Science and Management.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR685: Major Research Project in Environment and Management

*pending approval
Course Credits: 9.0

ENVR695: Master of Science Thesis

Engages students in the culminating research project of the program, i.e. a thesis of scientific study that involves the collection, processing, and analysis of data (or synthesis of existing information) in pursuit of testing a hypothesis, of a particular sustainable development issue or procedure; or a detailed and scientifically-based case study and analysis of the environmental issues central to a particular area or resource industry or a particular issue in, for example, toxicology, ecological sustainability, or technology. Includes conclusions or recommendations that offer guidance to the public, policy makers or managers on the relevance of the research, and how the research findings might affect policymaking or planning. Pre-requisites: ENVR550, ENVR506
Course Credits: 12.0

SPCC614: Science and Impacts of Climate Change

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