Courses

The aim of this course is to help students develop as writers within the English speaking academic community by practicing and reflecting upon the conventions of written academic texts. During the course, students will:become familiar with the genre of critique and other major genres of critical writing;enhance their...
Credits: 1.0
The aim of this course is to provide students with the key skills required to research and write a thesis in the field of environmental sciences and policy. Each of the 6 classes looks at writing issues related to a separate element of the MS thesis: the thesis proposal; the introduction; literature review; methods;...
Instructor: Alan Watt
Credits: 1.0
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
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: 2.0
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
Navigating the business and policy world of the energy sector requires awareness of government policies, environmental issues and how a business operates. This course is designed to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of the policy process and the investment perspective of business. Student led teams will work...
Instructor: Michael LaBelle
Credits: 3.0
Instructor: Stephen Stec
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in predicting and evaluating environmental impacts of planned activities. The course has a special emphasis on environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) but also covers elements of environmental planning.
Instructor: Aleh Cherp
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 , Tibor Kovacs
Credits: 2.0
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: 3.0
Environmental Research Methods: Epistemological Foundations is designed to help students build a critical epistemological base consistent with environmental studies.  This course will introduce the fundamentals of environmental research from the standpoints of objectivity and subjectivity based on different scientific...
Credits: 0.5
Computer technologies become essential tools in interdisciplinary analysis of environmental problems and environmental decision-making. Geospatial Technologies (GTs) are widely used in environmental research and management including (but not limited to) data collection and storage, its analysis and visualization,...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 1.0
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 is determined by the...
Instructor: Brandon P. Anthony
Credits: 0.5
This co-taught course is an introduction to environmental and natural resources policy and governance from a comparative perspective. Over the course of the past 50 years environmental policy and natural resources governance regimes have spread around the world through processes of innovation, diffusion and adaptation...
Credits: 2.0
This course covers the key concepts and the history of energy systems and their social impacts, the fundamentals of contemporary energy technologies, the global energy challenges and scenarios for the 21st century as well as  lessons of national transitions to sustainable energy in Germany, Japan and other countries..
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
The fields of food and agriculture are inherently interdisciplinary, as they integrate the large-scale politics of agricultural policy-making with the cultural specificity of taste; farmer agricultural practices with their environmental and social impacts; local knowledge systems with academic research findings....
Instructor: Guntra Aistara
Credits: 4.0
• 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
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, Zoltán Illés
Credits: 2.0
This class examines the relationship between key environmental ideas and international environmental politics and governance. Co-taught by a philosopher and policy studies specialist, the class has a central focus on the dynamic between thought and political action. The politics of the environment have become...
Instructor: Alexios Antypas, Alan Watt
Credits: 2.0
The course aims to develop an understanding of the functioning of ecosystems and the environmental challenges which arise at the interface between them and human societies, including in particular the problems of serving global demands in energy and other natural resources. At the end of the course a successful...
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: 1.0
Understanding environmental issues from the perspectives of diverse actors is paramount to addressing environmental problems.  This course provides rigorous scientific tools to capture the perspectives of actors in our field of work, allowing us meaningful insight into how environmental problems are defined, resisted...
Instructor: Tamara Steger
Credits: 1.0
Scientists approach the empirical world in many different ways. Interpretive (or qualitative) research, like quantitative research, has its own set of assumptions, techniques, and analytical tools that are used to describe and understand social reality and social problems and their solutions. This course is designed...
Instructor: Tamara Steger
Credits: 2.0
Modern societies nowadays in many ways can be determined by existing and anticipated risks. Natural and technological hazards affect the everyday life as well as long-term development plans. While technological disasters are triggered by human error, negligence or even intent, changing environment can intensify the...
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
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 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
Promoting a more sustainable world is interwoven within a power dynamic that is characterized by key questions regarding science and knowledge, nature and culture, environmental justice, and advocacy in a globalized world.   This course explores that dynamic, and investigates the political and cultural basis of...
Credits: 2.0
Short SyllabusBig Data is all around us – facebook users, records on citizens, the network of neurons in the brain, routes of migrants, impact of publications. The Data itself is neither good or evil, however, it can be used for either purposes. The availability and analysis of big data opens up enormous opportunities...
Instructor: Miklós Koren, Arieda Muço, Chrys Margaritidis, Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary), Roberta Sinatra, Karoly Boroczky
Credits: 2.0
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
This course will explore the historical evolution of the study of nature-culture relations. It will serve as an introduction to political ecology and environmental justice as historically and culturally grounded theoretical approaches for studying the nested social and political causes and consequences of conflicts...
Instructor: Guntra Aistara
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

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