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COMM 484 Sustainability Marketing

Faculty: Sauder School of Business
Subject: Commerce

Role of marketing in creating social value. Integration of marketing fundamentals with core social, environmental, and economic principles of sustainability. Analysis of current sustainability trends. Development of strategic and practical marketing recommendations for for-profit enterprises. Potential and pitfalls of sustainability marketing.

SSC Course Schedule - COMM 484 Sustainability Marketing

COMM 486D Special Topics in Business: Sauder Social Entrepreneurship

COMM 487 Environmental Management

Faculty: Sauder School of Business
Subject: Commerce

Explores corporate environmental strategy by introducing economic principles underlying environmental policy, law, and technologies for pollution prevention and abatement, environmental management systems, ISO-14001, energy systems, eco-marketing, and life-cycle analysis. Credit will be granted for only one of COMM 487 or COMM 597.

SSC Course Schedule - COMM 487 Environmental Management

COMM 597 Environmental Management

Faculty: Sauder School of Business
Subject: Commerce

Credit will be granted for only one of COMM 487 or COMM 597.

SSC Course Schedule - COMM 597 Environmental Management

CONS 101 Introduction to Conservation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Seminars on current natural resources conservation and forest sciences topics.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 101 Introduction to Conservation

CONS 200 Foundations of Conservation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Conceptual foundations of conservation; means of conserving nature and natural resources.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 200 Foundations of Conservation

CONS 210 Visualizing Climate Change

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Introduction to climate change through the lens of local landscapes and future scenarios, using visual media to communicate the underlying science & psychology, and engage communities in local climate change solutions.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 210 Visualizing Climate Change

CONS 330 Conservation Science and Sustainability

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Fundamental concepts in conservation science. Different philosophies, perspectives, and disciplines used in setting priorities for managing biodiversity at all scales.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 330 Conservation Science and Sustainability

CONS 340 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Forestry and Conservation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Introduction to principles, practice and context of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applied to forest management and natural resource conservation issues. Priority enrolment to students in the Faculty of Forestry.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 340 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Forestry and Conservation

CONS 370 Aboriginal Forestry

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Issues the may be encountered in professional natural resources work with or for Aboriginal communities and organization, including contemporary issues of Aboriginal rights and title, traditional uses, and self-government.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 370 Aboriginal Forestry

CONS 412 Belowground Ecosystems

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Current concepts, methods, and applications of belowground ecology with emphasis on biotic interactions in soil; to understand the roles that aboveground and belowground communities play in regulating the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems and their responses to global change.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 412 Belowground Ecosystems

CONS 425 Sustainable Energy: Policy and Governance

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Energy as a global policy problem; current energy challenges; energy systems and energy analysis; the politics and policy of energy alternatives.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 425 Sustainable Energy: Policy and Governance

CONS 449A Directed Studies in Natural Resources Conservation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

In special cases and with the approval of the instructor concerned, a student may carry out directed studies of specific problems in natural resources conservation.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 449A Directed Studies in Natural Resources Conservation

CONS 449C Directed Studies in Natural Resources Conservation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

In special cases and with the approval of the instructor concerned, a student may carry out directed studies of specific problems in natural resources conservation.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 449C Directed Studies in Natural Resources Conservation

CONS 449F Directed Studies in Natural Resources Conservation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

In special cases and with the approval of the instructor concerned, a student may carry out directed studies of specific problems in natural resources conservation.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 449F Directed Studies in Natural Resources Conservation

CONS 451 Integrated Field School

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Field methods, research and analysis, community oriented projects, and the interactions between biological and social aspects of conservation research. Students may not take any other courses in conjunction with CONS 451. Restricted to B.Sc.N. students in the fourth year of the Science and Management Major.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 451 Integrated Field School

CONS 452 Global Perspectives Capstone

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Examination of global resources and sustainability via scenario evaluation, modelling, and prescription.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 452 Global Perspectives Capstone

CONS 453 International Conservation and Forest Ecosystem Management Field School

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

International, experiential learning in conservation and forest ecosystem management. A 300-level ecology course such as CONS 330 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Fee will be assessed for living and traveling expenses. Pre-registration is required.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 453 International Conservation and Forest Ecosystem Management Field School

CONS 481 Conservation Planning and Wildland Recreation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Theory and tools needed for the selection and design of protected areas, the designation of land use types, and the management and conservation of wildland recreation resources.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 481 Conservation Planning and Wildland Recreation

CONS 486 Fish Conservation and Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Principles of fish biology, population and community ecology necessary to understand conservation and management; overview of current issues, tactics and institutions involved with fisheries conservation and management.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 486 Fish Conservation and Management

CONS 495 Principles of Managing Problem Wildlife in Forests and Agricultural Environments

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Natural Resources Conservation

Impacts of wildlife on crop productivity in temperate and tropical environments, the resiliency of wildlife populations to conventional control methodology, adoption of innovative methods to reduce crop damage, and the impact of introduced species on native fauna.

SSC Course Schedule - CONS 495 Principles of Managing Problem Wildlife in Forests and Agricultural Environments

CSIS 300A Introduction to Critical Studies in Sexuality

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Critical Studies in Sexuality

A multidisciplinary, team-taught course which provides an introduction to the study of sexuality, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual, and transgender issues and related topics.

SSC Course Schedule - CSIS 300A Introduction to Critical Studies in Sexuality

DENT 539 Statistical Methods

Faculty: Dentistry
Subject: Dentistry

SSC Course Schedule - DENT 539 Statistical Methods

ECON 210 Microeconomic Policy

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

A survey of policy issues, such as regulation, taxation, environmental and resource policy, health care, education and income distribution. May not be taken for credit by students with fourth-year standing.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 210 Microeconomic Policy

ECON 234 Wealth and Poverty of Nations

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Historical approaches to long-run economic growth; international comparisons of income growth and inequality; colonialism; evolution of world capital markets; human migrations; rise of world trading empires; instability in the international economy. Credit will be granted for only one of ECON 234 or former ECON 334 (6). May not be taken for credit by students with fourth-year standing.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 234 Wealth and Poverty of Nations

ECON 255 Understanding Globalization

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Social and economic implications for both rich and poor countries of lowered barriers to the international flows of information, capital, labour and goods. May not be taken for credit by students with fourth-year standing.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 255 Understanding Globalization

ECON 317 Poverty and Inequality

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Economic inequality in Canada and other countries; measurement and causes. Inequality in the distribution of wealth; redistribution of income and wealth; notions of distributive justice.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 317 Poverty and Inequality

ECON 335 Fertility, Families and Human Migration

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Traditional fertility and mortality patterns, demographic transition, catastrophes, well-being and nutrition, international and internal migration, epidemics and growth spurts.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 335 Fertility, Families and Human Migration

ECON 339 Economics of Technological Change

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Application of economic analysis to technological change; the impact of technological change on the growth and distribution of income; economic influences on the invention and diffusion of technology; the interaction between technology, work, skills, and education; public policy toward technological change.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 339 Economics of Technological Change

ECON 351 Women in the Economy

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Economic analysis of markets and policies particularly affecting women. Selected topics drawn from economic discrimination; educational, occupational, and work choices; pay and employment equity; allocation of work time and consumption within the household and in the market; economics of marriage and fertility; poverty; taxation; income security and pension policies; and historical perspectives.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 351 Women in the Economy

ECON 370 Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Economics of Project Evaluation

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Techniques and problems in benefit-cost analysis of public projects. Examination of alternative approaches to public decision-making such as cost-effectiveness analysis and multiple-objective frameworks. Case studies of projects in the areas of natural resources, the environment, human resources, public services, and transportation.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 370 Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Economics of Project Evaluation

ECON 371 Economics of the Environment

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Economic analysis applied to various environmental issues, including sustainable development, quality of life, and environmental impacts of specific industrial and consumption activities. The design and implementation of government policies. Global environmental effects of human economic activity.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 371 Economics of the Environment

ECON 374 Land Economics

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Economic analysis applied to problems of land use. Rent theory. Land valuation. Land conservation. Techniques for assessing economic efficiency of land use. Effects of institutions and public policies on land use.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 374 Land Economics

ECON 441 The Process of Economic Development

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Industrialization of an agrarian economy; how the West grew rich; history of Japanese development; technical progress and growth; evolution of the patterns of income distribution; role of international trade in development; environment and development.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 441 The Process of Economic Development

ECON 442 Issues in Economic Development

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Divergence in the world economy, poverty, consequences of initial inequality, institutions, the impact of history, recent developmental experience--some case studies, labour and credit markets, the trickle down process.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 442 Issues in Economic Development

ECON 451 Economics of Public Expenditures

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

The role of government in the economy; efficiency and economic justice. Theory of public goods; applications to topics such as education, medical care and social services. Pricing and investment rules for public enterprises.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 451 Economics of Public Expenditures

ECON 471 Economics of Nonrenewable Resources

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Application of economic analysis to the management of nonrenewable natural resources. Emphasis is placed on the economics of alternative energy sources. Other topics include mineral economics, criteria for the optimal use of resources, and measurement of resources.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 471 Economics of Nonrenewable Resources

ECON 472 Economics of Renewable Resources

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Application of economic analysis to the management of renewable resources. Special attention is given to criteria for the optimal use of depleting resources such as forests and water. Other topics include public policy with regard to environmental quality, conservation, and outdoor recreation.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 472 Economics of Renewable Resources

ECON 480 Transportation

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Economics

Economic characteristics of the provision of transportation services, both passenger and freight; the market structure of the industry and the economic impact of the varying degrees of public regulation and promotion within the industry; the role of economic analysis in resolving problems of Canadian policy.

SSC Course Schedule - ECON 480 Transportation

ECON 492D Directed Reading: The Economics of Sustainable Development: Communities, Markets and Technology

ECON 573 Environmental Economics

EDCP 323 Outdoor Environmental Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Faculty: Education
Subject: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Costs for field trips and an overnight experience are borne by students. Pass/Fail.

SSC Course Schedule - EDCP 323 Outdoor Environmental Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy

EDCP 328 Environmental Education

Faculty: Education
Subject: Curriculum and Pedagogy

SSC Course Schedule - EDCP 328 Environmental Education

EDCP 329 Agriculture in the Curriculum

Faculty: Education
Subject: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Agricultural awareness, understanding the food system, and integration of food and agricultural literacy across the curriculum.

SSC Course Schedule - EDCP 329 Agriculture in the Curriculum

EDCP 333 Contemporary Issues in Social Studies: Secondary

Faculty: Education
Subject: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Pass/Fail.

SSC Course Schedule - EDCP 333 Contemporary Issues in Social Studies: Secondary

EDCP 531 Health Promotion, Wellness and Lifeskills in Outdoor Settings

EDCP 532 Theories and Dimensions of Place-Based Education: Ecohumanist, Critical, and Indigenous Lenses

EDCP 538 Theory and Research in Environmental Education

Faculty: Education
Subject: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Research literature and theoretical issues in environmental education.

SSC Course Schedule - EDCP 538 Theory and Research in Environmental Education

EDST 509 Constructing Citizens: Canada and the Educational Past

EDST 585 Capstone: Society, Culture, and Politics in Education

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