Courses

This course will be both a theoretical and practical introduction to agroecology and organic gardening techniques. It will include an overview of soil management, crop rotation, companion planting, and pest management, urban composting techniques, and local food systems.  It will include a brief overview of different...
Credits: 2.0
Organic gardening practicum 1 creditInstructors: Guntra Aistara, Logan StrenchockPrerequisite: Global Food, Agriculture...
Instructor: Guntra Aistara
Credits: 1.0
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 course aims to introduce students to understanding socio-ecological systems (SES), and using SES frameworks to understand environmental and associated sustainability issues. In this course, specific attention will be given to understanding how socio-ecological systems are structured, function and interact as an...
Credits: 2.0
Social justice is a widely engaged concept with competing definitions and varied ideological assumptions as well as equally competitive and varied practical or empirical implications across disciplines and other institutions. It is considered a political philosophy, a social construction, a social movement’s esprit de...
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
The course will provide an overview of the concept of sustainable development, including a review of its underlying rationale, theory, evolution, use in various current policy contexts and its critique. Perspectives from sustainability science will be introduced and critically reviewed. We will consider sustainable...
Instructor: László Pintér
Credits: 3.0
This course aims to (1) develop knowledge on energy systems, their environmental impacts and sustainable energy transition pathways and (2) develop skills for energy systems and energy policy analysis especially for understanding the potential for sustainable energy transitions.
Instructor: Aleh Cherp
Credits: 3.0
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 students' 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
This course aims to help students work towards a viable MS thesis topic. It will:provide students with an overview of the department's requirements and expectations for the MS thesis in general and for the thesis topic specifically;inform students about the department's capacity for supervising and supporting MS...
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 2.0
Conducting and completing a thesis is a challenging, dynamic and adaptive process that, in addition to student/supervisor interactions, can also benefit greatly from the mutual intellectual engagement of peers in a structured, mentor-facilitated setting. The purpose of this course is to provide a productive...
Instructor: Alan Watt
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
This course will focus on the nexus between three different but linked types of security:  energy, water, and food. “Nexus thinking,” whereby the interrelationships between energy, food and water become the primary unit of analysis, is spurring innovations in theoretical understandings and policy design. Increasingly...
Credits: 4.0
This course examines the impact of the Anthropocene, considered both as a new geological epoch marked by human interventions in the Earth System and as a theoretical tool for understanding how we experience and represent the natural world, through analysis of current debates around ecological crisis and in light of...
Credits: 2.0
Water is a vital aspect of natural ecosystems and an important human resource. The physical, chemical and biological properties of water are considered in relation to aquatic environments, human impacts on freshwater systems (particularly eutrophication) and the provision of drinking water and sanitation.  In many...
Credits: 2.0

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