ENVS 200 - Introduction to Sustainability
This course introduces the concept of sustainability, including its environmental, social and economic dimensions. Students will trace the history of sustainable development and explore how humans can take action to reverse harm and improve sustainability. Field trips will focus upon sustainability in Edmonton.
ENVS 300 - Humankind and the Biosphere
This course is a discussion of humankind's place in nature and of its responsibility for other organisms, the environment and resources.
ENVS 320 - The Study of Voluntary Simplicity
Voluntary Simplicity has a long history as a personal and community response to societal concerns ranging from poverty and inequality to problematic cultural influences and environmental degradation. This course examines the concept, theory, and practice of Voluntary Simplicity as an alternative value system and lifeway. The course explores Voluntary Simplicity's historical roots and contemporary expressions, emphasizing its contribution to environmental sustainability, social justice, community vitality, and personal well-being.
ENVS 399 - Special Topics In Environmental Studies
A course on a topic or figure of special interest to a member of the environmental studies faculty and offered on a non-recurring basis.
ENVS 410 - Resource Planning and Environmental Management
Study of decision processes used to conserve, develop and manage environmental resources. Consideration of approaches to the evaluation of resources, including economic, environmental and social assessment techniques. Selected Canadian and Alberta case studies of resource management issues and problems.
ENVS 450 - Environmental Impact Assessment
Examination of the EIA process from both institutional and scientific perspectives. Consideration of legislative and policy aspects. Survey of EIA methods. Contemporary issues in EIA, including cumulative effects and post-auditing. Monitoring of, or participation in, contemporary Canadian or Alberta cases.
ENVS 470 - Ecopsychology
An exploration of the psychological dimensions of our dependence on God's creation and our responsibility to care for it. The psychological contributions to and consequences of environmental problems, and the potential for psychological intervention, will be examined from a Christian perspective.
ENVS 490 - Internship
A fulltime 13-week position in the workplace, normally between years three and four. Student interns receive assistance from the Internship Program Coordinator to search for an approved placement in government, industry or nongovernment agencies (paid or non-paid) that applies their environmental skills, provides valuable work experience, and gains insight into future career opportunities. The internship is pass/fail based on grading of student performance of mandatory assignments and internship evaluations. Students are eligible for an environmental internship if they have satisfactorily completed an interview with the Director of the Environmental Studies Program to assess progress in their program of study, ascertain preparation and readiness for an internship, and evaluate ability and commitment to completion of year four of the degree program.
ENVS 491 - Becoming Environmental Citizens: University and Beyond
This course provides students with opportunities to reflect back on their university experience, including their internship (ENVS 490), and look forward to their life and work after they graduate. Class activities explore aspects of environmental vocations and the application of an environmental worldview in various facets of life. An emphasis is placed on developing soft skills, peer mentorship and evaluation, and professional development.
ENVS 499 - Directed Studies In Environmental Studies
An opportunity to do advanced study of a special topic of particular interest to a student. Students work with a member of the environmental studies faculty. Students must apply in advance to a member of the environmental studies faculty.