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GEOB 402 Air Pollution Meteorology
The nature of atmospheric pollutants. The ability of the atmosphere to disperse, transform, and remove pollutants. Air pollution dispersion models. Air quality monitoring, criteria, and standards.
GEOB 407 Vegetation Dynamics: Disturbance, Climate and Human Impacts
Investigation of vegetation dynamics integrating theory and research to address contemporary issues of global environmental change. Students will conduct fieldwork and learn to analyze data and interpret results.
GEOB 408 The Changing Cryosphere
Formation of ice masses and their evolution including snowpacks, glaciers, and ice sheets. Relationships between ice and climate including records of climate change, glacier dynamics and ice-related hazards.
GEOB 479 Research in Geographic Information Science
Students use GIS in primary research applications in conservation biology, crime analysis, and health geography; theoretical and practical aspects considered in a hands-on environment.
GEOB 504A Topics in Climate Studies
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GEOB 504B Topics in Climate Studies
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GEOG 121 Geography, Environment and Globalization
Human geography of the modern world with particular attention to human-environment relationships, urbanization, and regional growth; trade and communications; environment and war; environmental governance and sustainability.
GEOG 122 Geography, Modernity and Globalization
The human geography of the modern world since 1945: global interdependence in economic geography, geopolitics, and cultural geography; consequences of modernization, including demography, urbanization and environmental effects; regional case studies; reactions to modernization.
GEOG 211 The State of the Earth
The demographic, economic, ecological, and technological factors that underlie current environmental challenges, considering their effects to date and their possible impact in the future.
GEOG 250 Cities
An interdisciplinary introduction to the city in the context of contemporary globalization. Analysis of urban patterns and processes from the theoretical perspectives of various disciplines and methodologies.
GEOG 290 Introduction to the Geography of Canada
Selected topics in human geography focusing on the regional distribution of natural resources, population, urban systems, and economic activities.
GEOG 310 Environment and Sustainability
Concepts of environment, resources and sustainability; the roles of physical and human geography in understanding the interaction of humans and the environment; introduction to management of environment-resource systems.
GEOG 311 Urban Environments
The impact of urban development on the natural environment and vice versa. Study of the ecology and metabolism of cities and green urban design, using global and local case studies.
GEOG 312 Climate Change: Science and Society
Climates over the geological, historical and instrument periods. Theories of climatic change. Monitoring and modelling the climate system. Impacts of change on environmental and socio-economic systems.
GEOG 313 Environmental Justice and Social Change
Economic, social, political and cultural structures and institutions that shape contemporary socioecological challenges.
GEOG 314 Analysing Environmental Problems
Concepts and techniques employed in environmental research; challenges in the areas of climate change, water use, knowledge translation and natural hazards.
GEOG 315 Human and Environmental Geography Field Course
Engage in primary field-based research in British Columbia on important issues concerning intercultural understanding, engagement with local communities and sustainability. Focus will shift on a bi-annual basis in accordance with location and available community partners. Special fees and liability insurance are required. Third year standing is recommended.
GEOG 316 Geography of Natural Hazards
The role of geophysical events, human ecology, environmental perception, world social and political order in explaining the risk of natural disasters. Assessment of acceptable risk, disaster relief and reconstruction and contrasts between developed and developing nations.
GEOG 318 Sustainability in a Changing Environment
Biophysical and human causes of short- and long-term environmental change at various spatial scales, including measurement, interpretation, and policy.
GEOG 319 Environmental Impact Assessment
The principles, implementation, and role of environmental impact assessment in environmental management, in Canada and internationally.
GEOG 328 Constructing Canada
The construction of Canadian political space after Confederation, aboriginal-newcomer relations, regional development and conflict, industrialization, urbanization, and war.
GEOG 350 Urban Worlds
City systems and theories of urban location; internal spatial structure of the city; commercial and industrial location; social areas; neighbourhood and land use change; urban trends and public policy.
GEOG 352 Urbanization in the Global South
Urbanization in the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia; the role of cities in the development process and the features and problems of rapid urbanization.
GEOG 353 Geographies of Migration and Settlement
International regimes regulating migration, changes in global demographics, immigration policies of nation states, international migration patterns, settlement policies and outcomes.
GEOG 362 Geography of Economic Development
Geographical approaches to economic development; models of economic development and spatial change; influences on spatial economic change; case studies from the developed, third, and socialist worlds.
GEOG 410 Environment and Society
Geographical analysis of society-environment relations. Relates resource management to environmental politics, political economy, and sustainable development. Perspectives drawn from political ecology and political economy, environmental history and environmental philosophy.
GEOG 412 Water Management: Theory, Policy, and Practice.
Interdisciplinary analysis of critical water issues, in Canada and internationally. Focus on social science perspectives. Emphasis on presentation, research, and essay-writing skills.
GEOG 419 Research in Environmental Geography
Details available from Geography Undergraduate Advisor. Not necessarily offered each year.
GEOG 423 Development of Environmental Thought
An examination of how attitudes toward human nature and non-human nature have changed from Mesolithic times to the present in Western society.
GEOG 424 Feminist Geographies
An introductory survey of contemporary feminist approaches to human geography.
GEOG 446A Topics in Geography
See the departmental undergraduate advisor for details.
GEOG 446B Topics in Geography
See the departmental undergraduate advisor for details.
GEOG 457 Social and Behavioural Geography
Theories of social change in the global city; labour markets; poverty and inequality; social polarization; housing markets; gentrification and housing affordability; immigration and segregation; diversity and multiculturalism; transnationalism; the entrepreneurial state; the convivial city.
GEOG 495 Geographies of Social Movements in the Americas
The politics of North-South solidarity in theory and practice through community service learning models.
GEOG 496 Geography of Africa
A comparative regional analysis of Africa with a focus on contemporary environmental and development issues. Credit will be allowed for only one of GEOG 396 and 496.
GEOG 497 The Arctic
Physical and biological characteristics of the circumpolar Arctic, emphasizing terrestrial environments and the impacts on and by humans, including: glacial history; climatology; biogeography/ecology of arctic tundra; human-environment interactions, settlement and exploration; and current environmental, social and economic problems.
GEOG 512 Climate Change in the 21st Century
Historical, methodological, and policy dimensions of climate change in the 21st century. Application of natural and social science literature to climate science, impacts on ecosystems and societies, and response options.
GEOG 517 Environmental Sustainability
Environmental sustainability is examined through conceptual literature and empirical examples. Emphasis on resources and livelihoods in the South and North. Case studies are used to discuss sustainable development, and the distribution of costs and benefits associated with resources allocation, with perspectives drawn from political ecology and economy, environmental history and philosophy.
GEOG 519 Environment, Development and Security
Analysis of environment-development-security linkages in relation to livelihoods and conflicts in poor countries, with a focus on Africa.
GEOG 521 Philosophy, Social Theory, and Human Geography
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GPP 507 Environmental Law and Policy Frameworks
Environmental law and policy creation, implementation, and enforcement at the international, national, and sub-national levels. Evolution of environmental law and policy, legal institutions, and major areas of law relating to ecological sustainability.
GPP 520 Economics of Poverty
Micro-scale processes of development, including the challenges posed by persistent poverty, and ground-level development solutions. Measurement and empirical evaluation of development interventions and outcomes.
GPP 522 Development Discourses and Practices
The meaning of development and micro/macro aspects of policy planning and implementation for development. The rise of development thought; assessment of the outcomes of development for different countries and communities.
GPP 527 Corporate Social Responsibility
Policy debates surrounding Corporate Social Responsibility including: voluntary regulation initiatives; responsibility to stakeholders in global supply chains; public-private partnerships; socially responsible investing; transparency; and protection of human rights.
GPP 541 Policy Dimensions of Energy Systems
Energy sources, markets, and impacts critical to energy policy, including oil, natural gas and coal markets; electricity and utilities policy; local and global environmental impacts; renewable energy; nuclear power and security; energy efficiency; technological innovation; and energy poverty.
GPP 543 Sustainable Water Systems
Valuing, managing and sustaining water systems for agriculture, industry, the built environment, recreation and ecosystems including: service delivery, government intervention and policy responses; interrelationship between water and sanitation, resource recovery, and relationships between water systems and human development.
GPP 544 Economic Foundations of Environmental Policies
Environmental and natural resource economics: externalities, property rights, public goods, market failure, inter-generational trade-offs, and optimal extraction of biological and depletable resources. Environmental regulation, industrial competitiveness, and distribution of income and welfare.
GPP 560 Global Governance: Frameworks and Policy Debates
Policy-making at the global level, including theories and frameworks of global coordination and global governance. Global, regional, and sub-regional mechanisms. Trade, finance, climate, food regulation, developmental norms, and security.
GPP 562 Resource Governance, Environment and Human Security
International policy processes associated with themes of environmental security: disaster prevention; resource curse; institution building and conflict minerals and global expropriation. Issues to be considered include human rights advocacy and peacekeeping, food security and food sovereignty.
GPP 564 Security Challenges for Asian States and People
Asian state policies on security threats that impact their national and human security including: civil-military relations, intrastate conflict, transnational crime, spread of disease, and environmental and natural disasters, geo-political power shift, defence modernization, resurgent nationalism, and historical legacies.