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GRS 397B Regional Directed Field Studies

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Global Resource Systems

Participating students may be assessed a fee.

SSC Course Schedule - GRS 397B Regional Directed Field Studies

GRS 490 Global Issues in Cultural Context

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Global Resource Systems

Students interact face-to-face and on-line as a community of learners to discuss global issues in agriculture, food, and natural resources in cultural context. Typically taken after studying abroad.

SSC Course Schedule - GRS 490 Global Issues in Cultural Context

GRS 497B Regional Directed Field Studies

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Global Resource Systems

Participating students may be assessed a fee.

SSC Course Schedule - GRS 497B Regional Directed Field Studies

GRS 497E Regional Directed Field Studies

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Global Resource Systems

Participating students may be assessed a fee.

SSC Course Schedule - GRS 497E Regional Directed Field Studies

GRSJ 101 Introduction to Social Justice

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

An overview of intersectional feminist debates and theoretical traditions. Credit will be granted for only one of WMST 100 or GRSJ 101.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 101 Introduction to Social Justice

GRSJ 102 Global Issues in Social Justice

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Intersectional feminist theory and practice, focusing on contemporary issues in a transnational context. Credit will be granted for only one of WMST 100 or GRSJ 102.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 102 Global Issues in Social Justice

GRSJ 200 Gender and Environmental Justice

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural overview of contemporary environmental issues, as they relate to gender equality and social justice challenges and initiatives that respond to ecological crises.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 200 Gender and Environmental Justice

GRSJ 224A Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Techniques of literary study, with emphasis on intersectionality and the ways in which gender is represented in literature and contributions of feminism and gender studies to literary studies.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 224A Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature

GRSJ 224B Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature: Young Adult Fiction and Social Justice: Stories for Changing the World

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Techniques of literary study, with emphasis on intersectionality and the ways in which gender is represented in literature and contributions of feminism and gender studies to literary studies.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 224B Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature: Young Adult Fiction and Social Justice: Stories for Changing the World

GRSJ 300 Intersectional Approaches to Thinking Gender

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Interdisciplinary exploration of the multiple intersections between gender and (neo)colonialism, racism, poverty, ableism, and heterosexism in a globalized world; historical and cross-cultural aspects, and the social construction of sex and gender, masculinity and femininity.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 300 Intersectional Approaches to Thinking Gender

GRSJ 303 Gender, Race, Social Justice and the Law

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

A survey of feminist legal thought and recent developments in feminism and law, with a focus on Canada.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 303 Gender, Race, Social Justice and the Law

GRSJ 305 Social Justice Issues in Community and International Organizing

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Critical examination and practical applications of concepts, theories, methods, and strategies of gender-aware organizing at the community and international levels.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 305 Social Justice Issues in Community and International Organizing

GRSJ 306 Globalization and Social Justice: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in International Politics

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Critical examination of the gender dimension of globalization and the theories, discourse, and practices in international politics using gender analysis.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 306 Globalization and Social Justice: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in International Politics

GRSJ 307 Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Popular Culture

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Critical examination of mainstream and alternative media images of gender, race, and sexuality in the context of networked social media, film, music, and television.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 307 Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Popular Culture

GRSJ 310 Gender, Race, Social Justice and Health

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Interdisciplinary introduction to gender and health issues using selected theoretical frameworks.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 310 Gender, Race, Social Justice and Health

GRSJ 320 Feminist Anti-Racist Pedagogies

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Feminist pedagogies and feminist debates about pedagogy in formal, nonformal, and informal educational settings.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 320 Feminist Anti-Racist Pedagogies

GRSJ 326 The Politics of Gender, Families, and Nation-Building

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Investigation of historical and contemporary scholarship on the diversity of families, focusing on differences of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and social class within and across national borders.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 326 The Politics of Gender, Families, and Nation-Building

GRSJ 401 Body, Gender and Society

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

An interdisciplinary examination of the body, exploring how social relations and space are implicated in the constitution and experience of gendered bodies and identities, with an emphasis on feminist analyses of body-societal relations.

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 401 Body, Gender and Society

GRSJ 500 Intersectional Issues in Social Justice and Equality Studies

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

SSC Course Schedule - GRSJ 500 Intersectional Issues in Social Justice and Equality Studies

HGSE 350 Case Studies in Haida Gwaii

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

Integration of concepts of history, politics, First Nations, rural development, and forest ecology in natural resources management in Haida Gwaii. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 350 Case Studies in Haida Gwaii

HGSE 351 History and Politics of Resource Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

Historical examination of resource management in Canada and conflicts arising therefrom, with emphasis on forests. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 351 History and Politics of Resource Management

HGSE 352 First Nations Governance and Natural Resource Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

The political, economic, and legal environment of Aboriginal-Canadian relations and its influence on resource use and management; review of historic relationships, emerging case law, and new reconciliation frameworks. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 352 First Nations Governance and Natural Resource Management

HGSE 353 Rainforest Ecology and Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

Ecology of the temperate rainforests of Haida Gwaii. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 353 Rainforest Ecology and Management

HGSE 354 Diversifying Resource-Dependent Communities

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

Examination of the forces that restructure local economies, both historically and contemporarily; link between rural economic development and the legacy of resource development in Aboriginal communities across British Columbia. A core element of the Haida Gwaii Semester.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 354 Diversifying Resource-Dependent Communities

HGSE 355 Applied Ecology of Coastal Terrestrial Ecosystems

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

Processes that shape coastal terrestrial ecosystems through time and applications to current ecological reality. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 355 Applied Ecology of Coastal Terrestrial Ecosystems

HGSE 356 Biophysical Dynamics of the Marine-Terrestrial Interface

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

Nutrient cycling between the marine environment and coastal forest ecosystems; how the physical characteristics of this interface affect inputs; which species play a pivotal role in driving interactions. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 356 Biophysical Dynamics of the Marine-Terrestrial Interface

HGSE 357 Ecology and Management of Island Wildlife

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

Unique biological attributes of island wildlife, such as subspecies, isolated populations, and distinct evolutionary pathways, with a focus on endemic species on Haida Gwaii. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester. Credit will be granted for only one of FRST 395 or HGSE 357.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 357 Ecology and Management of Island Wildlife

HGSE 358 Systems Thinking for Resource Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

Introduction to systems thinking and resilience to understand dynamics of social change and innovation; use of case studies to demonstrate applications of different types of ecological knowledge, including traditional knowledge and experiential knowledge. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 358 Systems Thinking for Resource Management

HGSE 359 Ecosystem-Based Management Seminar

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Haida Gwaii Semesters

History, definitions, and applications of EBM; challenges of achieving both economic and environmental well-being with a focus on resource use and management on Haida Gwaii. Part of the Haida Gwaii Fall Semester.

SSC Course Schedule - HGSE 359 Ecosystem-Based Management Seminar

HIST 103 World History Since 1900

Faculty: Arts
Subject: History

International relations; changes in the nation-state system; the emergence and impact of major political ideologies; genocide; decolonization; the globalization of trade; and the dynamics of economic, social, cultural, and environmental change in a global context.

SSC Course Schedule - HIST 103 World History Since 1900

HIST 106 Global Environmental History

Faculty: Arts
Subject: History

The impact humans have had on the environment, and the ways in which the physical environment has shaped human history: climate, agriculture, energy use, and urbanization.

SSC Course Schedule - HIST 106 Global Environmental History

HIST 260 Science and Society in the Contemporary World

Faculty: Arts
Subject: History

An introduction to the historical development, conceptual foundations, and cultural significance of contemporary science. Themes will vary from year to year.

SSC Course Schedule - HIST 260 Science and Society in the Contemporary World

HIST 391 Human Rights in World History

Faculty: Arts
Subject: History

Changing ideas about humanity and rights. Considers the relationship between human rights and the nation-state, imperialism, and capitalism. Assesses the efforts to end large-scale human rights violations and the role of the United Nations.

SSC Course Schedule - HIST 391 Human Rights in World History

HIST 469 Aboriginal Title in British Columbia: History and Legacy

Faculty: Arts
Subject: History

Colonial land policy, Indigenous resistance and organizing, treaties, and court decisions. Some previous knowledge of Indigenous history is strongly recommended.

SSC Course Schedule - HIST 469 Aboriginal Title in British Columbia: History and Legacy

INDS 502C Interdisciplinary Studies: Thematic Seminars: Historical Memory and Social Reconstruction

Faculty: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Subject: Interdisciplinary Studies

Seminars, lectures, and discussions of topics involving several faculties. Contact the Interdisciplinary Studies Program for specific topics (www.isgp.ubc.ca).

SSC Course Schedule - INDS 502C Interdisciplinary Studies: Thematic Seminars: Historical Memory and Social Reconstruction

INDS 502S Interdisciplinary Studies: Thematic Seminars: Global Health and Human Security

Faculty: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Subject: Interdisciplinary Studies

Seminars, lectures, and discussions of topics involving several faculties. Contact the Interdisciplinary Studies Program for specific topics (www.isgp.ubc.ca).

SSC Course Schedule - INDS 502S Interdisciplinary Studies: Thematic Seminars: Global Health and Human Security

ISCI 360 Systems Approaches to Regional Sustainability

Faculty: Science
Subject: Integrated Sciences

Application of systems science encompassing geological, hydrological, ecological, atmospheric sciences, and energy systems approaches to study regional sustainability.

SSC Course Schedule - ISCI 360 Systems Approaches to Regional Sustainability

ISCI 361 Field Course: Systems Approaches to Regional Sustainability

Faculty: Science
Subject: Integrated Sciences

Systems science approaches encompassing geological, hydrological, ecological, atmospheric sciences, and energy systems to investigate a selected region of the world. Course location will vary; fee payable prior to field course.

SSC Course Schedule - ISCI 361 Field Course: Systems Approaches to Regional Sustainability

IWME 504 Water and Wastewater Management Strategies

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Integrated Water Management Engineering

Chemical and microbiological quality and contaminations, techniques and analytical procedures for assessing and monitoring chemical and microbiological water quality; water and wastewater quality standards, pollution prevention strategies and policies; risk analysis; asset management.

SSC Course Schedule - IWME 504 Water and Wastewater Management Strategies

KIN 103 Active Health

Faculty: Education
Subject: Kinesiology

Role of physical activity in the maintenance of a healthy life. Application of basic physical fitness and exercise methods, exercise techniques and fitness appraisal.

SSC Course Schedule - KIN 103 Active Health

KIN 360 Sport, Peace, and Conflict

Faculty: Education
Subject: Kinesiology

Relationships that sport and leisure have with peace, conflict, and social inequality in Canada and internationally.

SSC Course Schedule - KIN 360 Sport, Peace, and Conflict

KIN 383 The Modern Olympics: Power, Politics, and Performance

Faculty: Education
Subject: Kinesiology

Examination of the Modern Olympic Games as an event with important political, economic, environmental, and cultural ramifications.

SSC Course Schedule - KIN 383 The Modern Olympics: Power, Politics, and Performance

KIN 464 Health Promotion and Physical Activity

Faculty: Education
Subject: Kinesiology

Current perspectives on health promotion and health education; design and implementation of health promotion strategies in a variety of arenas, particularly health promotion/education strategies aimed at encouraging physical activity.

SSC Course Schedule - KIN 464 Health Promotion and Physical Activity

KIN 465 Interculturalism, Health and Physical Activity

Faculty: Education
Subject: Kinesiology

Examination of multiculturalism and interculturalism in the delivery of community-based physical activities for diverse populations; connections between physical activity and health in different cultural contexts. Community service learning and participation in culturally unfamiliar physical activities are core elements.

SSC Course Schedule - KIN 465 Interculturalism, Health and Physical Activity

KIN 489C Seminar: Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology

Faculty: Education
Subject: Kinesiology

Current topics and research in specific areas.

SSC Course Schedule - KIN 489C Seminar: Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology

LARC 316 Trees and Shrubs in Landscape

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Landscape Architecture

Culture and identification of landscape materials with emphasis on woody plants. Elementary principles of landscape composition. Suitable for students of other faculties and departments interested in landscape materials and their uses, but priority given to Agroecology and Landscape Architecture students.

SSC Course Schedule - LARC 316 Trees and Shrubs in Landscape

LARC 431 Landscape Technologies I: Site Engineering

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Landscape Architecture

Terrain design, drainage, and stormwater management. Open only to B. End. students. Credit will be granted for only one of LARC 431 or LARC 531.

SSC Course Schedule - LARC 431 Landscape Technologies I: Site Engineering

LARC 440 Site Analysis and Planning II

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Landscape Architecture

Site analysis and planning of relatively complex sites, emphasizing storm water management design. Open only to B.En.D. students. Credit will be granted for only one of LARC 440, LARC 540 or DES 231.

SSC Course Schedule - LARC 440 Site Analysis and Planning II

LARC 515 Planting Design

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Landscape Architecture

Functional, ecological, and behavioural theory and practice applied to planting design at different scales.

SSC Course Schedule - LARC 515 Planting Design

LARC 531 Landscape Technologies I

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Landscape Architecture

Terrain design, drainage and stormwater management. Credit will be granted for only one of LARC 531 or LARC 431.

SSC Course Schedule - LARC 531 Landscape Technologies I

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