Courses

Explore more than 600 courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. The courses on this list are identified by the UBC Sustainability Initiative based on course title and description, and by instructors advising us of sustainability-related content. We welcome suggestions for additions. Please contact Jen Crothers (jen dot crothers at ubc dot ca) to update or add new courses.

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Last updated April 1, 2018.

 

NURS 336 Professional Nursing Practice with Communities and Populations

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Nursing

Analysis and application of theories and strategies for working in partnership with populations, health professionals, and community services providers. Students use primary health care principles and population health promotion approaches during community nursing practice.

SSC Course Schedule - NURS 336 Professional Nursing Practice with Communities and Populations

NURS 506 Health Promotion in Practice

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Nursing

SSC Course Schedule - NURS 506 Health Promotion in Practice

NURS 576 Topics in Social and Environmental Planning to Foster Health of Populations

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Nursing

Characteristics of social and built environments for their impact on the health of populations.

SSC Course Schedule - NURS 576 Topics in Social and Environmental Planning to Foster Health of Populations

PHIL 235 Contemporary Moral Issues: The Ethics of Food

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Philosophy

Moral issues such as life and death decisions, paternalism, markets, animal welfare, technology, and global justice.

SSC Course Schedule - PHIL 235 Contemporary Moral Issues: The Ethics of Food

PHIL 331 Business and Professional Ethics

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Philosophy

Moral problems in contemporary business and professional practice, general moral theory, the law, and policy formation. Corporate social and environmental responsibility, employee rights, preferential hiring and affirmative action programs, conflicts of interest, advertising, "whistle blowing" and self-regulation. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 331 or PHIL 434.

SSC Course Schedule - PHIL 331 Business and Professional Ethics

PHIL 332 Environmental Ethics

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Philosophy

Moral problems arising in the context of human relationships to nature and to non-human living things, considered in terms of both general moral theory and policy formation. Topics include moral standing, animal rights, obligations to future generations, pollution, hazardous materials, the depletion of natural resources and the treatment of non-human living things. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 332 or PHIL 435.

SSC Course Schedule - PHIL 332 Environmental Ethics

PHIL 335 Power and Oppression

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Philosophy

Philosophical approaches to historical problems of inequality and social harm, with readings drawn from historical and contemporary sources. Topics to be studied may include slavery, colonialism, labour, and the position of women in society.

SSC Course Schedule - PHIL 335 Power and Oppression

PHIL 434A Business and Professional Ethics

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Philosophy

Moral problems in contemporary business and professional practice, general moral theory, the law, and policy formation. Corporate social and environmental responsibility, employee rights, preferential hiring and affirmative action programs, conflicts of interest, advertising, "whistle blowing" and self-regulation.

SSC Course Schedule - PHIL 434A Business and Professional Ethics

PHIL 536A Ethical Issues in Public Policy: Ethical Theory and Global Poverty

PHYS 333 Energy and Climate

Faculty: Science
Subject: Physics

The fundamental physics behind global issues of energy use and climate change. Not to be used to satisfy an upper-level specialization requirement in any Physics & Astronomy major or honours specialization, but may be used as an upper-level science elective.

SSC Course Schedule - PHYS 333 Energy and Climate

PLAN 211 City-Making: A Global Perspective

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Contemporary city development trends, policies, and practices across the globe as explored against the backdrop of culture and technology. Includes hands-on learning.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 211 City-Making: A Global Perspective

PLAN 331 The Just City in a Divided World

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Considers the city as a terrain for the manifestation and mediation of social justice. Explores how the allocation of land, goods, and services in cities (re)produces social stratification, and how institutions and civil society negotiate just and unjust outcomes.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 331 The Just City in a Divided World

PLAN 425 Urban Planning Issues and Concepts

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Evolution, practice and future of urban planning and development, with emphasis on institutional arrangements, housing, transportation, urban design and development control. For third- and fourth-year undergraduate students interested in urban planning.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 425 Urban Planning Issues and Concepts

PLAN 503 Planning for Community Economic Development

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Theories of community economic development planning. Concepts of community wealth, income, growth and development. Models of the formal and informal community economy.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 503 Planning for Community Economic Development

PLAN 509 Urbanism as a Global Way of Life

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 509 Urbanism as a Global Way of Life

PLAN 510 Environment and Sustainability Concepts for Planning Practice

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 510 Environment and Sustainability Concepts for Planning Practice

PLAN 517 Theory and Methods of Urban Design

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Application of urban design theory to a neighbourhood design.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 517 Theory and Methods of Urban Design

PLAN 530 Affordable Housing Policy and Planning

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

The history of housing and homelessness policies as well as current issues and challenges faced by municipalities, regional governments, non-profit housing providers, and others.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 530 Affordable Housing Policy and Planning

PLAN 531 Planning for Disaster-Resilient Communities

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Natural disasters from the perspective of risk analysis, risk reduction, and planning for disaster-resilient communities. Focus primarily on Canada and the U.S. but includes disaster risk globally.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 531 Planning for Disaster-Resilient Communities

PLAN 532 Strategic Planning: Developing and Implementing Policy Plans

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Theory and practice of developing and implementing plans for sustainable regions, cities, and neighbourhoods. Combining land use, transportation, environment, socio-economic, and financial directions, managing plan making including public participation, and writing council reports.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 532 Strategic Planning: Developing and Implementing Policy Plans

PLAN 533 Indigenous Planning: Ways of Being, Knowing and Doing

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Indigenous world views; history of colonization in Canada; contemporary resurgence of Indigenous modes of planning.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 533 Indigenous Planning: Ways of Being, Knowing and Doing

PLAN 535 Transportation Planning & Analysis

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Foundations of urban travel modelling: data needs; survey and sampling techniques; model calibration and validation; discrete choice modeling; 4-step travel demand forecasting (trip generation, distribution, modal choice, and assignment); activity based models; integrated land use/transport models. Credit will be granted for only one of CIVL 441, CIVL 583, or PLAN 535.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 535 Transportation Planning & Analysis

PLAN 548A Current Issues in Planning: Transportation Emissions and Air Quality

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Each year the school may offer one or more courses on a topical issue covering recent advances in the field.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 548A Current Issues in Planning: Transportation Emissions and Air Quality

PLAN 548B Current Issues in Planning: Gentrification and Issues in Urban Development 

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Each year the school may offer one or more courses on a topical issue covering recent advances in the field.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 548B Current Issues in Planning: Gentrification and Issues in Urban Development 

PLAN 548F Current Issues in Planning: Cultural Planning and the City

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Each year the school may offer one or more courses on a topical issue covering recent advances in the field.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 548F Current Issues in Planning: Cultural Planning and the City

PLAN 548L Current Issues in Planning: Urban Transportation Systems

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Each year the school may offer one or more courses on a topical issue covering recent advances in the field.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 548L Current Issues in Planning: Urban Transportation Systems

PLAN 579 Public Health, Transportation, and the Built Environment

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Health issues associated with transportation and the built environment; design of urban form for non-motorized transportation for the improvement of personal and environmental health; factors that impact transportation choices; applying findings from research to specific transportation planning processes and projects. Credit will be granted for only one of PLAN 579 or SPPH 571.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 579 Public Health, Transportation, and the Built Environment

PLAN 580 Urban Transportation Planning

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

Topics include the relationship between transportation and urban activity systems; analysis of supply and demand; accessibility and environment; institutional arrangements and public finance.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 580 Urban Transportation Planning

PLAN 583 Housing and Community Planning

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

The social, economic, political, and land use dimensions of Canadian housing in the context of demographic trends, housing demand, and affordability. Recent trends in housing policy and the role of the public and private sectors in housing supply.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 583 Housing and Community Planning

PLAN 587A Urban Design

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

A studio/seminar on the history of the physical form of cities and theories of city design. Topics include social impacts, heritage and environmental conservation, urban revitalization, and the legal and administrative instruments for the implementation of city designs.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 587A Urban Design

PLAN 587B Urban Design

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

A studio/seminar on the history of the physical form of cities and theories of city design. Topics include social impacts, heritage and environmental conservation, urban revitalization, and the legal and administrative instruments for the implementation of city designs.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 587B Urban Design

PLAN 587E Urban Design

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Community and Regional Planning

A studio/seminar on the history of the physical form of cities and theories of city design. Topics include social impacts, heritage and environmental conservation, urban revitalization, and the legal and administrative instruments for the implementation of city designs.

SSC Course Schedule - PLAN 587E Urban Design

POLI 260 Introduction to Global Politics

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Applies conceptual tools to topics such as war, conflict management, the global economy, poverty, and civil society.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 260 Introduction to Global Politics

POLI 309 Canadian Perspectives on Human Rights

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Key issues in the theory and practice of human rights in Canada. Topics will vary from year to year.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 309 Canadian Perspectives on Human Rights

POLI 328A Topics in Comparative Politics: Immigration

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Topics will vary from year to year. Consult the departmental website.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 328A Topics in Comparative Politics: Immigration

POLI 341A Contemporary Political Theory

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Topics may include freedom, colonialism, capitalism, Critical Theory and ideology, power and knowledge, social justice, rationalism, gender and identity politics, and the "political."

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 341A Contemporary Political Theory

POLI 345 Gender and Politics: Political Thought and Practice

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

The role of gender in Western political theory and the implications for the practice of politics.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 345 Gender and Politics: Political Thought and Practice

POLI 360A Security Studies

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

The contemporary international security context: reorientation of the study of security, patterns of inter- and intrastate conflict and communal violence, dilemmas of international response and conflict management.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 360A Security Studies

POLI 364A International Organizations

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Analysis of the activities and influence of modern international organizations in international security, economic, and social issue areas. The course will focus on organizations associated with the United Nations, but other world and regional bodies will be analysed as well.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 364A International Organizations

POLI 369A Issues in International Security

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

An examination of issues such as interstate conflicts, terrorism, environmental change, international crime. Topics will vary from year to year.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 369A Issues in International Security

POLI 373 Ethics in World Politics

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

When is it right to wage war? Who should pay for global warming? Should the wealthy provide foreign aid- how much? Analysis of traditions of moral thought to reach reasoned judgments about such dilemmas in global politics.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 373 Ethics in World Politics

POLI 375A Global Environmental Politics

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Ecological consequences of the global political economy.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 375A Global Environmental Politics

POLI 461 Peace and Conflict Studies

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

A seminar on a selected topic concerning the causes of war and strategies for the promotion of peace. For specific content in a given year, consult the departmental website.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 461 Peace and Conflict Studies

POLI 464A Problems in International Relations: Global Civil Society and NGOs in International Politics

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Content varies from year to year. Consult the departmental website. One section (of 3 credits) is reserved for fourth-year students in the Major program in International Relations.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 464A Problems in International Relations: Global Civil Society and NGOs in International Politics

POLI 464B Problems in International Relations

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Content varies from year to year. Consult the departmental website. One section (of 3 credits) is reserved for fourth-year students in the Major program in International Relations.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 464B Problems in International Relations

POLI 464C Problems in International Relations

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Content varies from year to year. Consult the departmental website. One section (of 3 credits) is reserved for fourth-year students in the Major program in International Relations.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 464C Problems in International Relations

POLI 464F Problems in International Relations: Gender and Security

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Content varies from year to year. Consult the departmental website. One section (of 3 credits) is reserved for fourth-year students in the Major program in International Relations.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 464F Problems in International Relations: Gender and Security

POLI 513A Current Debates in Comparative Political Economy: Globalization and Democracy: Economic Inequality and Democracy

POLI 564B Problems in International Relations

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Political Science

Content varies from year to year. Consult the departmental website. One section (of 3 credits) is reserved for fourth-year students in the Major program in International Relations.

SSC Course Schedule - POLI 564B Problems in International Relations

PSYC 321 Environmental Psychology

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Psychology

Psychological theory and research on the interaction between organisms and the physical environment; emphasis on applications to the design and management of constructed and natural environments.

SSC Course Schedule - PSYC 321 Environmental Psychology

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