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Course Description

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This course provides an examination of resource management, focusing on public and private decision-making processes and considers techniques for evaluating resources, including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and risk analysis. Emphasis is on the economic, social and environmental implications of resource development and use. Contemporary Canadian case studies will be presented at appropriate scales.

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. Identify and explain the rationales for state-led resource management including conflict, uncertainty, resource collapse, common property, externalities;
  2. Identify and explain resource management strategies including command and control, adaptive management, co-management, public participation; and
  3. Critically apply course concepts in order to engage how current environmental changes and conflicts are represented in the popular media.

Course Topics

  • Institutional arrangements
  • First nations
  • Command and Control Management
  • Local ecological knowledge and co-management
  • Public participation
  • Innovations in resource management
  • Changing role of the state
  • Uncertainty and Conflict

Additional Requirements

Prerequisites:  1 of GEOG*2030, GEOG*2210, SOC*2280


Assessment Item Weight
Online Graded Discussion 15%
Online Quiz 15%
"Unessay" Assignments 40%
Online Final Exam 30%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Zoom as a video communication tool.  A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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