Environmental Management

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Course NumberCourse NameDescriptionCredit Hours
ENVS6001 Nature, Society and Social Ecology Most human activity has potential consequences for local, regional, and global environments. Conversely, environmental conditions influence human decisions and actions. The need to understand these reciprocal relationships is increasingly recognized by policy-makers, academics, and practitioners in a variety of disciplines. This course reviews historical and contemporary attempts to bridge the disciplinary divide between social and biophysical sciences, with a goal of better integration of both into environmental management. This readings-based seminar will draw from human and social ecology, environmental sociology, cultural anthropology and environmental history. 3 ch
ENVS6002 Biophysical Foundations of Ecosystem Management This course establishes the biological and physical processes that underlie ecosystem-based management. We will discuss concepts of hierarchy theory, island biogeography, system stability, population viability, patch dynamics, ecological land planning, and the maintenance of biodiversity. Concepts will be applied to terrestrial and aquatic systems, as well as to tropical and temperate ecosystems. 3 ch
ENVS6003 Environmental Management Tools The course presents students with a wide array of tools used to assess and manage the activities of organizations that have (or can have) a negative impact on the environment. Tools considered may include environmental indicator measurement, environmental risk assessment, life-cycle assessment, environmental management systems, sustainable forest management certification, and others. Presentations will be given by faculty members, students, and working professionals that demonstrate the use of these environmental management tools and identify issues associated with them. 3 ch
ENVS6004 Environmental Impact Assessment: This course will explore the Environmental Impact Assessment process, with special attention paid to socio-economic issues. While emphasis will be placed on practice, it is important for students to understand theoretical foundations, as well as to examine critiques of environmental impact assessment. The goals of this course will be to provide students with the tools to conduct environmental impact assessments, as well as critique and improve the process on the ground. 3 ch
ENVS6005 Master's Project Report This project-based course is intended to provide a forum in which students can explore and present, in both written and oral formats, an area of particular interest to them within environmental management. Because it is worth 6 credit-hours, this course represents a fifth of the required work for this degree. As such, students will be required to present their work at a level that would meet professional standards, and that may, in some cases lead to a peer-reviewed publication. 6 ch
ENVS6006 Certification Assessment Students will study a number of forest and environmental certification schemes such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14001). Through discussions, presentations, and applied case-studies, students will explore the theory, practice and critique of the schemes. 3 ch
ENVS6007 Practicum in Water, Wildlife, and Forest Management Effective environmental and natural resource management requires hands-on experiences. The objective of this course is to provide students with practical experience by working together, in small subgroups, on a common resource management issue. Professionals working in the field will describe the particular management issue at the outset of the course. Students will provide a report and present their analysis and findings to decision-makers, professors, and fellow students. 3 ch
ENVS6008 Management of Natural Systems Introduces management design issues and practices for a variety of natural systems so that students can effectivley work across related disciplines. Objective is to enable students to quantitatively design and evaluate strategies aimed at producing desired set of outcomes for natural systems, including forests, wildlife populations, and hydrological networks. Rationale: Students in the MEM programme generally have little or no experience or education in environmental and natural resource management. This course equips them with basic understanding of how management can be designed and evaluated in a variety of environmental contexts. This is seen to be an important complement to their other MEM courses. 4 ch