This course examines the interrelationships between people and biophysical processes. The main themes are: 1) characteristics of natural resources and processes through which they are developed and used and 2) human response to environmental conditions, including natural hazards and global change. Contemporary Canadian case studies will be presented at the regional and national scales.
Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Critically evaluate the merits of frameworks for understanding environment-society relations and resource use
- Identify and understand the relationships that shape environmental-society relations and resource use in advanced, neoliberal, capitalist economies; especially the role played by political economy
- Identify and understand the main ways in which setter-colonialism shapes environment-society relations and the dynamics of resource use in settler colonies (like Canada)
- Critically analyse and assess information about environmental problems
- Framings of environment-society relations
- Population and scarcity
- The “tragedy of the commons”
- Markets and market-based environmentalism and regulation
- Political economy, power, and resource use
- Climate change and system change
- Capitalism and neoliberalism
- Environmental justice
- Resource governance
- Settler colonialism and Canadian environmental governance
GEOG*1220 is recommended
|Discussion Participation and Reflection Paper||20%|
|Book Reviews (2 x 20% each)||40%|
|Take-Home Final Exam||40%|
*Course details are subject to change.