Courses

This course aims to acquaint students with key skills and techniques necessary for effective written communication in the environmental field. Emphasis is placed on practical knowledge, so students are given opportunities to try out the techniques in question on relevant examples and cases. At the end of this module a...
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to develop a foundational understanding of atmospheric science, including the nature of air pollution problems on local, regional, continental, and global scales, and the development of air quality regulation. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental chemical and physical processes...
Instructor: Ruben Mnatsakanian, John Karlik
Credits: 2.0
Approaches to Social Research is designed to help students build a critical epistemological base and a practical understanding of research in the social sciences. Through seminars, readings, exercises, and assignments on the principles of social science research and some of their key epistemological orientations,...
Credits: 1.0
This course focuses on biodiversity loss and the importance of biodiversity conservation. In this course, students will survey the patterns of global diversity within various biomes and learn the most pressing threats leading to declines in biodiversity. Students will be introduced to the theory and principles...
Instructor: Brandon P. Anthony
Credits: 3.0
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are the prime example most economists now think of when discussing externalities. There are many different ways to address externalities from a public economics perspective including emissions fees, cap-and-trade, and command and control regulation. In this course we will discuss...
Instructor: Ruben Mnatsakanian, Ekaterina Tsvetkova
Credits: 2.0
The Comprehensive Exam, held in May of the first year, is intended to test the student’s overall level of achievement during the course of the first year program. It is graded, and provides the basis for the student’s grade in the first year. It consists of two questions:‘General’ Question 1. tests the student’s...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 2.0
The Prospectus is defended before the Dissertation Committee in public during a PhD Faculty/Student Seminar.  The entire student body and the faculty of the Department are invited to the Prospectus Defense.  After the dissertation prospectus has been successfully defended, the student moves from probationary status to...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 4.0
After the Comprehensive Exam, the student spends the summer months incorporating feedback received in the literature review and comprehensive exam to fill any missing gaps in scholarly literature, theory, and methods  to work towards the final  Dissertation Prospectus.  
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 4.0
Starting with the student’s research proposal from the program application package, the student will further develop his or her dissertation research topic in the first term of the first year by: 1) consulting with his/her provisional supervisor and one other faculty member, and 2) conducting a short presentation in...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 2.0
Instructor: Stephen Stec
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this unit is to introduce to students the idea, methodology and basic tools of environmental modeling. Models are important tools in environmental studies and management nowadays. In order to better understand environmental systems, to predict their behaviour and to develop effective management strategies...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 3.0
Environmental monitoring is a broad field which intends to answer both very specific questions such as "what is the concentration of lead in the water and is it above a threshold of safety" to very broad questions such as "what is the condition of a particular ecosystem and is it changing?" Answering such questions...
Instructor: Brandon P. Anthony , Paul Ashley
Credits: 3.0
The main aim of this course is to explore some of the major themes in contemporary environmental philosophy. Key objectives are to develop an understanding of some of the major concepts and issues at stake in environmental philosophy, and to help students come to their own informed and reasoned views on the key issues.
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 2.0
The global environment has become an arena of political and ideological contestation between states, global regions and non-state actors over the past 40 years.  While nations have responded to environmental degradation by increasing cooperation through environmental regimes, underlying structural patterns having to...
Instructor: Alexios Antypas
Credits: 4.0
Environmental Activism and Communication is designed to provide students with understanding and skills through the mutual engagement of theory and practice in environmental activism and communications with due consideration for the political and social implications. Concepts such as power, discourse, and framing, and...
Instructor: Tamara Steger
Credits: 4.0
The unit allows students to get first-hand experience in dealing with environmental challenges in international, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and other relevant institutions. Students will tackle contemporary environmental issues assisting professionals and experiencing real-life context and practical...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 2.0
This course provides an important intellectual and practical grounding for your work, first as a teaching assistant, and later as an independent scholar and teacher or other professional in the field. The course runs for 12 weeks from the end of September to mid December and engages you in discussion, collaboration,...
Credits: 3.0
• Population explosion in the XX century. Reasons and causes of this explosion. Demographic transition. Links between demographic explosion and social, political and environmental problems; • Environmental indicators. Pressure-State-Response scheme and its modifications. Use of indicators for description of various...
Instructor: Ruben Mnatsakanian
Credits: 2.0
Modern computer technologies are necessary tools for interdisciplinary cross-sectoral analysis of environmental problems and efficient environmental decision-making. They are essential on each stage of environmental management process starting with monitoring, data collection and storage to decision support,...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 2.0
Interpretive Research Methods is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools required for data collection (in-depth interviewing, participant observation, and archival/document research) and analysis (coding and coherent theme/conceptual understandings).  The course builds on the understandings...
Instructor: Tamara Steger
Credits: 2.0
This course provides an introduction to  economics for environmental students including its division into several domains (behavioral economics, neoclassical economics, institutional economics). The course introduces applicability of main economic concepts to environmental issues. In particular it focuses on...
Instructor: Aleh Cherp
Credits: 2.0
The aim for this module is to prepare the students to systematically think about and work towards formulating and achieving concrete environmental objectives in the world of scarce resources and competing agendas. The topics within the course include:Introduction to the idea of management. Management mindsets:...
Instructor: Aleh Cherp
Credits: 2.0
The main objective is to equip the students with the ability to critically interpret and work with the results of different environmental assessment methods for products and services based on life cycle thinking. The students will learn about the principles of some mainstream assessment methods, such as lifecycle...
Instructor: Aleh Cherp, Andrius Plepys
Credits: 3.0
Major policy choices related to waste management. The concept of integrated waste management, which relies on a combination of approaches, planning, economic instruments and public participation to reduce environmental, social and economic impacts of the growing volume of waste produced in our cities. Municipal solid...
Instructor: Zoltán Illés
Credits: 1.0
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with major issues in environmental thought, both historically and through analysis of the main contemporary discourses about the environment. As well as developing their understanding of key historical developments and contemporary perspectives, students will have an...
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 1.0
The politics of the environment have become prominent and often highly contentious in international relations over the past roughly thirty years.  Until the 1980s, most governments of developed countries considered environmental issues marginal and apolitical. At the same time, the governments of developing countries...
Instructor: Alexios Antypas
Credits: 1.5
The aim of this course is to prepare students to choose the most appropriate quantitative (statistical) method and effectively apply it to answer a research question. A framework will be provided for basic descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to show how the choice of data analysis methodology is...
Instructor: Brandon P. Anthony
Credits: 1.0
The aim of this unit is to:Understand the importance of marine systems, their diverse structure and functions, and the complex links between land and the ocean. Acknowledge the major role the ocean plays in the proper functioning of the ecosphere as the life-support system and of the goods and services provided by the...
Instructor: Cogălniceanu Dan
Credits: 1.0
In the second term, the student should develop knowledge and mastery of the methods that he/she will need to apply in the course of his/her doctoral research, and in accordance with the study plan delivered at the end of Fall Term. The student  must submit the completed Theory and Methods Study program form by April...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 4.0
Modern computer technologies are essential on each stage of environmental management process starting with monitoring, data collection and storage to decision support, visualization and presentation. The range of possible applications and packages is wide and depends on the issue under consideration and the level of...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 2.0
The course’s main aim is to provide students with an understanding of:The role of particular resource for human well-being,Existing methods of evaluation and assessment of availability of different types of resources (both renewable and non-renewable)Environmental consequences of usage of different types of...
Instructor: Ruben Mnatsakanian
Credits: 2.0
Metals are major pollutants of all sectors of the environment while our demand for oil results in severe environmental impacts as pollution of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 can attest.  The threat posed by mercury, cadmium and organotin compounds plus oil means that they are classed as Black/Red List or List 1 substances...
Instructor: Keith White
Credits: 2.0
A regular seminar will be held every week or every other week as a forum for faculty and doctoral students to engage each other’s research as well as enjoy guest lecturers on various topics related to the environmental field or research in general.  All first year students are expected to make a brief introduction of...
Instructor: Guntra Aistara
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to clarify some of the key distinguishing features and challenges of doctoral-level research writing, both in regard to content and process. While this course is taught in the first year, there will be one additional session held in September of the second year as prospectus writing workshop....
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 1.0
The specific requirements to fulfil this unit are to be negotiated and agreed upon with the student’s supervisor.  Such requirements shall be specific to the career aspirations of the student, but may include publication of one or more of the following: an article in a peer-reviewed journala chapter in a booka...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 4.0
The overall aim of the course is to develop basic understanding of spatially referenced data analysis and to explore the potential of GIS applications in environmental sciences, policy and management. In this course students will 1) continue working on geospatial mapping and 2) get familiar with spatial analysis using...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 4.0
This course offers a review of some of the major theoretical and empirical issues associated with survey research methodology (including questionnaire design and scientific sampling). 
Instructor: Brandon P. Anthony
Credits: 2.0
Teaching and research experience is fundamental to developing concrete knowledge, understandings and practical skills for the advancement of a professional career in academia, consultancy, and other private and public institutions. All students must enrol in the “Teaching and Research Practicum” (6 CEU credits). This...
Instructor: Helga Dorner, Sally Schwager, Faculty
Credits: 6.0
The final stage of the Doctoral Program is the production of a dissertation which presents in detail the student’s research work and contribution. The exact format of the dissertation will depend upon the subject area and requirements of the research.  The length of the dissertation varies, but it is generally...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 40.0
Ecology is the study of the interactions between organisms and their environment. In this introductory course, students will gain insight into the scientific method, and basic concepts and laws in ecology, including main ecological theories and biogeochemical cycles. The course will equip students in understanding how...
Instructor: Brandon P. Anthony
Credits: 2.0
The Theoretical Debates on Environmental Problems is a core course in the doctoral curriculum designed to contextualize your understanding of the intersections of the scientific, social, and political dimensions of environmental issues.
Credits: 3.0
In the second term, the student should develop knowledge and mastery of the methods that he/she will need to apply in the course of his/her doctoral research, and in accordance with the study plan delivered at the end of Fall Term. The student must submit the completed Theory and Methods Study program form by April 15...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 2.0
The student, in consultation with the chosen supervisor, must develop a plan of study for winter term in the areas of theory and methods connected with his/her specific research topic. The plan should be submitted December 12 together with the preliminary research proposal, and should include justification for how the...
Instructor: Faculty
Credits: 1.0
Environmental challenges know no national boundaries; frequently, they are trans-national in nature and effects, and require a response which, typically, exposes the limits of and transcends state-based policies. This course covers one particular aspect of transnational environmental politics, namely the conflicts...
Credits: 4.0

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