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FNEL 180 Introduction to Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization

Faculty: Arts
Subject: First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

Foundational concepts in the critical study of cultural, historical, social, and political factors that impact language loss, retention, and revival. Introducing strategies and practical methodologies for collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-based documentation and revitalization projects for First Nations and Indigenous languages.

SSC Course Schedule - FNEL 180 Introduction to Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization

FNEL 281 Sounds of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization

Faculty: Arts
Subject: First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

Development of skills in the perception and transcription of speech sounds in endangered languages, focusing on the diversity within BC Aboriginal languages. Capacity-building techniques for digital recording, editing, analysis, and archiving; guided by community-based ethical protocols and conservation/revitalization goals.

SSC Course Schedule - FNEL 281 Sounds of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization

FNEL 282 Structures of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization

Faculty: Arts
Subject: First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

Development of skills in the documentation, transcription and analysis of grammatical structures in endangered languages, focusing on the diversity within BC Aboriginal languages. Applied techniques in documentation, workflow and multi-media digital annotation, guided by community-based ethical protocols and conservation/revitalization goals.

SSC Course Schedule - FNEL 282 Structures of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization

FNEL 380 Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization

Faculty: Arts
Subject: First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

Digital tools for endangered language documentation, conservation, and revitalization. Overview of best practices, introduction to community engagement and capacity-building, protocols and ethics, project design, cultural context, orthographies, use of audio, video and still photography, data management, archiving and web publishing.

SSC Course Schedule - FNEL 380 Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization

FNEL 480C Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization

Faculty: Arts
Subject: First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

Critical study of the historical, social, cultural, political, and economic factors impacting on language loss, retention, and revival. Research on and application of methodologies for collaborative, trans-disciplinary, community-based documentation and revitalization of BC's Indigenous linguistic heritage.

SSC Course Schedule - FNEL 480C Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization

FNH 342 Critical Perspectives on Consumer Food Practices

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food, Nutrition and Health

Personal, collective, and policy factors affecting food choices, including perceptions of healthy eating, gender, identity, family structures, and economic, sociocultural, and political forces.

SSC Course Schedule - FNH 342 Critical Perspectives on Consumer Food Practices

FNH 355 International Nutrition

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food, Nutrition and Health

Conceptualization and scientific analyses of global problems in food and nutrition; complexities of food habits and malnutrition in various cultures around the world.

SSC Course Schedule - FNH 355 International Nutrition

FNH 455 Applied International Nutrition

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food, Nutrition and Health

Applying nutrition concepts and principles in addressing problems of malnutrition and food insecurity in international settings. Basics of developing culturally acceptable, sustainable nutrition intervention programs.

SSC Course Schedule - FNH 455 Applied International Nutrition

FNH 460 International Nutrition Field Studies

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food, Nutrition and Health

Theoretical and practical application of international nutrition and food security knowledge and skills. International field placement for a minimum of 12 weeks with pre-departure sessions. Restricted to students in International Nutrition Major or by permission of instructor.

SSC Course Schedule - FNH 460 International Nutrition Field Studies

FNH 473 Applied Public Health Nutrition

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food, Nutrition and Health

Theory and methods in public health nutrition and health promotion program planning to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nutrition-related programs for communities and populations. Considers factors affecting behavior and the social determinants of health.

SSC Course Schedule - FNH 473 Applied Public Health Nutrition

FNIS 100 Indigenous Foundations

Faculty: Arts
Subject: First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program

The historical, cultural, political, economic and legal issues that inform the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada, examined from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. Credit will be granted for only one of FNIS 100, FNSP 100, or FNSP 200.

SSC Course Schedule - FNIS 100 Indigenous Foundations

FNIS 210 Indigenous Politics and Self-Determination

Faculty: Arts
Subject: First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program

The cultural, historical, political, economic, and gender dynamics that structure the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the state in Canada; Indigenous self-determination struggles in relation to constitutional recognition, self-government, land claims, and economic development. Credit will be granted for only one of FNSP 200, FNIS 210, or FNSP 210.

SSC Course Schedule - FNIS 210 Indigenous Politics and Self-Determination

FNIS 451 Indigenous Feminisms

Faculty: Arts
Subject: First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program

The historical, cultural, political, and activist roots of contemporary Indigenous feminisms. Indigenous feminist methodologies, theory, and praxis in relation to contemporary Indigenous politics and social justice movements. Credit will be granted for only one of FNSP 401D, FNIS 451, or FNSP 451.

SSC Course Schedule - FNIS 451 Indigenous Feminisms

FNIS 455 Indigenous Geographies: Our Home on Native Land

Faculty: Arts
Subject: First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program

Indigenous people's place-based relations, colonial processes of de-territorialization, and spatial negotiations of settler colonialism.

SSC Course Schedule - FNIS 455 Indigenous Geographies: Our Home on Native Land

FOPR 264 Geomatics, Forest Access and Transportation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forest Operations

Geomatics, the physical attributes of forest access and transportation and how they best integrate with the objectives of resource sustainability.

SSC Course Schedule - FOPR 264 Geomatics, Forest Access and Transportation

FOPR 362 Forest Harvesting Systems

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forest Operations

The mechanics and productivity of a broad range of forest harvesting systems.

SSC Course Schedule - FOPR 362 Forest Harvesting Systems

FOPR 388 Analytical Methods in Forest Hydrology

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forest Operations

Analytical methods in forest hydrology and their applications in the planning of forest operations with a focus on the hydrologic and hydraulic design procedures for stream crossings.

SSC Course Schedule - FOPR 388 Analytical Methods in Forest Hydrology

FRE 306 Introduction to Global Food Markets

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food and Resource Economics

An overview of global food markets including recent trends (e.g., vertical coordination, strategic alliances, multinationals and small firms in niche markets), marketing and trade institutions such as state-trading enterprises and WTO regulations, issues specific to developing nations, and case studies.

SSC Course Schedule - FRE 306 Introduction to Global Food Markets

FRE 340 International Agricultural Development

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food and Resource Economics

Characteristics, processes and sources of economic growth, role of agricultural and resource sectors in economic growth, analysis of output and input markets in those sectors, policy failures, tools for empirical analysis of rural markets, growth, and the environment.

SSC Course Schedule - FRE 340 International Agricultural Development

FRE 374 Land and Resource Economics

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food and Resource Economics

Willingness to pay, opportunity costs, externalities, and market failures in natural resource markets; dynamic efficiency; economic applications including mineral, marine, forest, land, water, and biodiversity.

SSC Course Schedule - FRE 374 Land and Resource Economics

FRE 420 The Economics of International Trade and the Environment

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food and Resource Economics

Market failure and gains from trade in the presence of natural resource externalities; the multilateral trading system and the environment; case studies in trade-related environmental impacts.

SSC Course Schedule - FRE 420 The Economics of International Trade and the Environment

FRE 460 Economics of Food Consumption

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food and Resource Economics

Microeconomics of consumer decisions and public policy in food contexts; foodborne illness; economic causes and consequences of obesity; sin taxes and prohibitions; information campaigns and advertising; labeling; food waste and ethics.

SSC Course Schedule - FRE 460 Economics of Food Consumption

FRE 522 Environmental Externalities in the Global Economy

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Food and Resource Economics

SSC Course Schedule - FRE 522 Environmental Externalities in the Global Economy

FRST 100 Sustainable Forests

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

An overview of forests and forestry. Survey of the disciplines, areas of study, and values that frame sustainable management of forests in BC and the world. Assignments focus on critical thinking and written communication skills.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 100 Sustainable Forests

FRST 201 Forest Ecology

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

The structure and function of forest ecosystems, including: energetics; productivity; nutrient, carbon and water cycling; soils; the physical environment; population and community ecology; disturbance ecology; ecological succession; biological diversity and ecological resilience.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 201 Forest Ecology

FRST 270 Community Forests and Community Forestry

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Community forests and community forestry throughout the world, with special attention to participation by aboriginal peoples; emphasis is on forms of governance, public participation, and adaptive learning.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 270 Community Forests and Community Forestry

FRST 302 Forest Genetics

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Population genetics and conservation of genetic resources; principles of genetics and their application to forestry.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 302 Forest Genetics

FRST 303 Principles of Forest Science

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Introduction to growth of trees and forests with emphasis on evolutionary, ecological and environmental aspects. Not available for credit to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Forestry.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 303 Principles of Forest Science

FRST 305 Silviculture

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Silviculture concepts and principles; stand dynamics; artificial and natural regeneration; cultural techniques for forest stand establishment and stand tending; silvicultural systems; decision making and development of prescriptions; connections to forest planning.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 305 Silviculture

FRST 307 Biotic Disturbances

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Concepts of disturbance ecology with special reference to insects and diseases in the forests of British Columbia; forest health problems in the biogeoclamatic zones of BC; present management strategies and future potentials in a scenario of climate change.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 307 Biotic Disturbances

FRST 308 Forest Entomology

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

An introduction to insects that cause damage to forests and forest products; how insects live; life cycles and attack symptoms of representatives of major groups of insects; principles for control and management. Available only through Distance Education.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 308 Forest Entomology

FRST 309 Forest Pathology

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Biology and management of forest tree diseases. Available only through Distance Education.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 309 Forest Pathology

FRST 318 Forest and Conservation Economics

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Practical problem solving of economic issues related to forestry and conservation, touching on investment analysis, capital budgeting, non-timber economics, ecosystem services, and forest certification. Completion of FRST 232 or intermediate knowledge of MS Excel essential.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 318 Forest and Conservation Economics

FRST 319 Principles of Forestry Economics

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Introduction to the economics of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services produced by, and dependent on, the forest resource. Available only through Distance Education.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 319 Principles of Forestry Economics

FRST 320 Abiotic Disturbances: Fire and Climate

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Ecological effects of fire and climatic (wind, temperature, and snow) disturbances; fire danger rating, principles of fire management and prescribed fire use; windthrow risk modeling and management.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 320 Abiotic Disturbances: Fire and Climate

FRST 350 Foundational Field School

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Field study concentrating on outdoor skills, forest measurements, site diagnosis, and an integrated overview of the ecological, social and economic basis for forest management. Fees will be assessed to meet expenses. Credit will be granted for only one of FRST 350 or 351.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 350 Foundational Field School

FRST 351 Interior Field School

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Field study at an interior BC location concentrating on land use, management and silviculture. Fees will be assessed to meet expenses. Students with FRST 351 and FRST 350 can only count 2 credits toward their program requirements.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 351 Interior Field School

FRST 351 Interior Field School

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Field study at an interior BC location concentrating on land use, management and silviculture. Fees will be assessed to meet expenses. Students with FRST 351 and FRST 350 can only count 2 credits toward their program requirements.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 351 Interior Field School

FRST 385 Watershed Hydrology

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Measurement and analysis of hydrological processes in response to forest management activities.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 385 Watershed Hydrology

FRST 386 Aquatic Ecosystems and Fish in Forested Watersheds

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Effects of forest management activities on fish and aquatic ecosystems.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 386 Aquatic Ecosystems and Fish in Forested Watersheds

FRST 395 Forest Wildlife Ecology and Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Biology of important bird and mammal species resident in forested regions, with particular emphasis on the influences of silvicultural and logging practices.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 395 Forest Wildlife Ecology and Management

FRST 403 The Sustainability of Production in Managed Forest Ecosystems

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Study of the functional and dynamic characteristics of forest ecosystems and their response to forest management using ecosystem-level microcomputer simulation models.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 403 The Sustainability of Production in Managed Forest Ecosystems

FRST 408 Problems of Forest Entomology

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Decision-making in the protection of forests from insects. Insect problems viewed from other disciplines of forestry. Bases of biological and economic evaluation, and choice of control methods.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 408 Problems of Forest Entomology

FRST 411 Complex Adaptive Systems, Global Change Science, and Ecology Sustainability

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Concepts of complex adaptive systems (CAS); exploration of how CAS can be used to manage natural and social environments for multiple goals under changing climatic and socio-economic conditions.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 411 Complex Adaptive Systems, Global Change Science, and Ecology Sustainability

FRST 415 Sustainable Forest Policy

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

The development, implementation, and analysis of forest policy.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 415 Sustainable Forest Policy

FRST 421 Quantitative Forest Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Introduction to the quantitative tools necessary in forest management. Available only through Distance Education.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 421 Quantitative Forest Management

FRST 424 Sustainable Forest Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Integration of biophysical and socio-economic components of forest management.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 424 Sustainable Forest Management

FRST 439 International Forestry

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

The socio-economic, biological and technological aspects of forestry within the international frame, in both the developed and developing world. Regional studies and the role of national and international agencies.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 439 International Forestry

FRST 443 Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Basic biological concepts related to interpretation of remote sensing data for land management, including the use of films and filters, and interpretation of air photographs, and other imagery.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 443 Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Management

FRST 444 Agroforestry

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Integration of farms and forests, including tropical agroforestry systems, non-timber forest products, forest farming, woodlot management, silvopastoralism, riparian buffers, windbreaks, soil fertility improvement and nutrient cycling.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 444 Agroforestry

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