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Course Description

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This course provides an introduction to the concepts of resource management, environmental planning and assessment, land stewardship and sustainable development. Case studies of specific issues such as parks and natural heritage conservation, agricultural land loss, and integrated rural resources management will provide insight on approaches to decision making. Included will be discussion of the concept of stewardship as an environmental ethics.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Conduct a simple environmental inventory and understand your own regional landscape;
  2. Outline the three major approaches to environmental stewardship used in Ontario including public land management, land use planning, and private stewardship; and
  3. Reflect on the ethical implications of environmental stewardship and sustainable development at both global and local levels, and develop a personal environmental ethic.

Course Topics

  • Carrying out an environmental inventory
  • Exploring and understanding the larger landscape
  • Public land management
  • The land use planning system
  • Private stewardship programs
  • Reflections on sustainable development: Think globally and act locally


Assessment Item Weight
Assignment 1: Book Report 10%
Assignment 2: Conducting an Environmental Inventory 35%
Assignment 3: Getting to Know Your Own Landscape 40%
Assignment 4: Reflective Essay 15%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Introduction to Environmental Stewardship
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller.
Section Notes

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