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Course selection for students of exchange program entitled The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Sustainable
Community Development. Note, not all courses listed are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course
offerings for the current session and to determine the term of offering, consult the class schedule at central.carleton.ca
Courses through the School of Public Policy and Administration http://www2.carleton.ca/sppa/
PADM 5617 – Implementing Sustainable Development in Industrialized Countries (Glen Toner) Graduate Course
To provide students with knowledge of the ecosystem and human health science drivers of change.
To give students a solid conceptual grounding in the principle of sustainable development.
To equip students with a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the Canadian government‟s
sustainable development implementation process.
To develop students‟ appreciation of the role and impact of the Office of the Commissioner of Environment and
Sustainable Development, the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, the International Institute for
PADM 5619 - Urban Sustainability (Robert Hilton) – Graduate Course
As one of the policy seminars offered within PADM‟s Innovation, Science and Environment (ISE) stream, “Urban
Sustainability” contributes to advancing students‟ understanding of the problems and opportunities that confront Canadian
society in making and implementing innovation, science and environment policies in an increasingly knowledge and
information-based economy and society. While sustainability has been defined as “living within the Earth‟s limits,” there
are those who would argue that as models of human settlement cities are inherently unsustainable black holes of
consumption and waste production. Urban settlements, however, are becoming the norm for human habitation; for the first
time in history those who live in urban centres outnumber rural dwellers. There is increasing concern about the ecological
footprint of existing urban settlements as well as the impact created by significant urban growth over the next fifty years.
By 2050, Earth‟s population will grow to over nine billion people with most of this growth occurring in cities. To put this
growth in perspective, this will be the equivalent of building a city of more than one million people each week during the
next 45 years.
The goal of this course is to allow students to develop their capacity for critical thinking about urban sustainability in
Canada. The course will explore issues involving urban sustainability in its many dimensions, including what constitutes
unsustainable practices and what can replace them. The decisions made by Canada‟s urban governments – particularly
those of the larger urban regions – broadly shape settlement patterns beyond the limits of their own jurisdiction, directly
influencing neighbouring communities. Accordingly, the main emphasis of the course will focus on the larger urban
regions in Canada and the effects that these regions have on the environment. Since participants enrolling in the course
may represent a wide variety of academic backgrounds in the social sciences, humanities, sciences and engineering, the
seminar will endeavour to draw on this breadth of knowledge in seminar discussions and presentations.
Through class readings, discussion and individual research, students will be encouraged to incorporate the dimensions of
urban sustainability within their own area(s) of interest – sociology, geography, political science, economics, civil
engineering, environmental studies, urban planning and others. By doing so, the course will demonstrate the importance
of interconnectivity among disciplines that is needed to support decision-making that is conducive to creating sustainable
PADM 5615 - Sustainable Energy Policy – (James Meadowcraft) – Graduate Course
This course focuses on sustainable energy policy in the Canadian context. It starts by considering what is meant by „the
energy system‟ and „sustainable energy policy‟ and moves on to explore a series of important themes in current energy
policy. Themes include the global energy outlook, continental energy markets, de-regulation, environmental problems and
climate change. The second part of the course examines Canada‟s regional energy economies and policy concerns related
to specific energy sectors including oil and gas, nuclear, electricity, and renewables. This course aims to provide students
with an understanding of the challenge to Canadian decision-makers presented by sustainable energy policy. By the end of
the semester students will be able to:
demonstrate an understanding of the range and substance of policy issues related to sustainable energy in Canada;
demonstrate appropriate cognitive, communicative and transferable skills, including understanding complex concepts
and theories, exercising critical judgment, making effective oral and written presentations, utilising specialist primary
and secondary sources, and deepening the capacity for independent learning.
PADM 5612 - Industrial Policy, Innovation, and Sustainable Production (Glen Toner) – Graduate Course
Part 1 of the course will focus on the theory of sustainable development and sustainable production. The goal is to provide
students with a solid conceptual grounding in the principle of sustainable development and an understanding of the ways
in which it is influencing industrial policy in the early 21st Century.
Core concepts and ideas will be addressed and critiqued. Various innovative policy instruments and the role and influence
of national and international organizations will be assessed. Individual articles will be introduced and critiqued by
students. This year will have a special focus on sustainable energy issues within the sustainable production framework.
This focus acknowledges the new M.A. program in Sustainable Energy Policy that the SPPA has launched as part of a
broader innovative Masters Program in Sustainable Energy in partnership with the Engineering Faculty. Part 1 will
culminate in a mid-term take home exam. Policy analysis is the disciplined application of intellect to public problems.
Part 11 is designed to develop students‟ primary research skills through student-led case studies. The case studies will
explore the evolving, innovative sustainable production practice of leading firms and organizations in key industrial
sectors, with a special focus this year on energy issues. What are the particular energy requirements and consumption
patterns of the sector? What are the impacts of these patterns on society and climate change? What factors are leading or
constraining the sector in the transition to a low carbon energy system? Teams will develop an analytical framework for
understanding sustainable production which will highlight key drivers and opportunities, as well as challenges and
barriers that influence innovation and change. Teams will then apply the analytical framework to developments in an
industrial sector such as, inter alia, food/agriculture, transportation, construction/housing, ICT, pulp and paper/forestry,
mining, manufacturing, finance, biotechnology/biofuels, sports/entertainment/recreation, fishing/aquaculture.
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies http://www1.carleton.ca/geography/
ENST 3000 [0.5 credit] – Undergraduate Course
Environmental Studies Colloquium
Interactions among complex natural systems, social values and attitudes and economic, political and legal concerns are
explored through invited speakers from various disciplines and agencies addressing specific environmental issues.
Prerequisite: third-year standing in Environmental Studies or permission of Environmental Studies.
The goal of this course is to help students develop a stronger foundation for participating in research, policy and practice
in the environmental field. Through class lectures and activities, readings and assignments, the course explores a range of
urban environmental issues and policies. The course also invites environmental practitioners into the classroom to share
their experience and expertise with students. The course adopts a broad definition of the environment and examines
environmental and sustainability issues in a variety of socio-economic contexts using a political ecology framework. Case
study materials focus on planning for sustainability in the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Region. The major
written assignment for the course provides students with the opportunity to engage in community-service learning through
the production of a policy brief on a course-related topic that can be submitted to an environmental practitioner based in
ENST 4000 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Environmental Studies Seminar
How societal institutions respond to environmental concerns, how various stakeholders understand the environment and
how environmental priorities may be implemented in social, political and economic decision-making. Interdisciplinary
case studies are used. Prerequisite: registration is restricted to students eligible for fourth-year standing in the B.A.
(Environmental Studies) Honours program.
GEOG 3023 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Cities in a Global World
Introduces the study of cities as “systems of cities” – the political economy of linkages between urban places located
unevenly in space – and, “cities as systems” – case studies of socio-cultural, political and economic relations within
biophysical and built environments. Prerequisite: GEOG 2200 or permission of the department. Lecture and discussion
three hours a week.
GEOG 3209 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Sustainability and Environment in the South
Analysis of the relationships between people and environment in selected regions in the South (Africa, Asia, Latin
America). Emphasis on sustainable livelihoods and local action in relation to broader socio-economic and political
processes. Regions selected vary from year to year. Prerequisite: third-year standing and GEOG 2200 or GEOG 2300 or
permission of the Department. Lectures two hours a week, discussion groups one hour a week.
GEOG 3021 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Culture, Place and Time
Examination of culture, identity and place over time. Colonial and other historical processes that have shaped societies
from place to place; relationships between cultural groups and their natural surroundings; gender, ethnicity, nationality
and other dimensions of identity; impacts of globalization. Prerequisites: GEOG 2200 and GEOG 2300 and third-year
standing or permission of the Department. Lecture three hours a week.
GEOG 3022 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Environmental and Natural Resources
Exploration of complexity, dynamics, uncertainty and equity issues underpinning environmental and resource issues;
review and appraisal of selected contemporary methods to assess and manage environmental and natural resources.
Prerequisites: GEOG 2200 and GEOG 2300 and third-year standing or permission of the Department. Lecture three hours
GEOG 3024 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Geographical analysis of processes of globalization: theoretical frameworks, historical context and contemporary
challenges. Prerequisites: GEOG 2200 and GEOG 2300 and third-year standing or permission of the Department. Lecture
three hours a week.
GEOG 3206 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Health, Environment, and Society
Factors influencing human health in an ecological framework involving population structure, habitat, and behaviour.
Changes in the distribution of communicable and degenerative diseases are portrayed as being related to historical and
contemporary development and globalization processes. Sources, types and characteristics of geographically referenced
health information. Precludes additional credit for GEOG 4206 (taken before 1999-2000). Prerequisite: third-year
standing. Lectures three hours a week.
GEOG 3900 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Geographic Thought and Methodology
Current debates in the academic discipline of geography; connections between these debates and key concepts used in the
practice of geographic research; development of critical thinking, writing and presentation skills. Prerequisite: third year
Honours standing in Geography or permission of the department. Lecture and discussion three hours a week.
GEOG 2300 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Space, Place and Identity
Cultural specifications of place and identity in geopolitics. Landscapes as artifacts of local, national and global identity.
Diasporas, migrations and historical evolution of the meanings of location. Consumption and urban cultural spaces.
Prerequisite: 1.0 credit in Geography or Environmental Studies at the 1000-level, or second-year standing. Lectures two
hours a week, discussion one hour a week.
GEOG 2600 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Geography Behind the Headlines
Exploration of the geographical backgrounds to selected issues of current public interest, through geography's perspective
of integrating human and physical environments. Issues selected will be structured from the global through the
national/regional to the local, identifying the interdependencies among the scales. Lecture three hours a week.
GEOG 4022 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Seminar in People, Resources and Environmental Change
A selected topic or field of inquiry concerning natural resource use and environmental change.
Prerequisite: GEOG 3022 and fourth-year Honours standing in Geography or permission of the Department. Seminar
three hours a week.
GEOG 4050 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Environmental and Geographic Education
Selected issues – theoretical and applied – concerning environmental and geographic education.
Prerequisites: fourth-year Honours standing in Geography or Environmental Studies, or permission of the Department.
Seminar three hours per week.
GEOG 4024 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Seminar in Globalization
A selected issue or topic related to globalization.
Prerequisite: GEOG 3024 and fourth-year Honours standing in Geography or permission of the Department. Seminar
three hours week.
GEOG 4004 [0.5 credit] - Undergraduate Course
Environmental Impact Assessment
Principles, scope and purpose of environmental impact assessment, from conceptual and methodological points of view;
range of environmental issues, with emphasis on Canadian case studies.
Prerequisite: fourth-year Honours standing in Geography or Environmental Studies or Environmental Science, or
permission of the Department. Note: GEOG 3101 or GEOG 3306 is recommended.
Lectures and seminars three hours a week.
GEOG 5000 [0.5 credit] – Graduate Course
Approaches to Geographical Inquiry
A review of the major philosophical perspectives shaping research and explanation by geographers. Particular attention is
paid to interpretations of social structure and human action, the nature of the biophysical universe, and the interaction
between human beings and their environments.
GEOG 5001 [0.5 credit] – Graduate Course
Modeling Environmental Systems
Methods and problems of research on the physical environment, with illustrative material taken from the atmospheric and
surface earth sciences. Issues such as the identification and behaviour of environmental systems, temporal and spatial
scale, experimental method under field conditions, and simulation and model development are considered.
GEOG 5003 [0.5 credit] – Graduate Course
Practicing Human Geography
Development of critical research skills in qualitative geographical research by considering the relationship between theory
and method. Emphasis on practical experience in selected methods including: interviewing, personal narratives, focus
groups, participant observation, archival research, visual methodologies and participatory research...
GEOG 5005 [0.5 credit] – Graduate Course
Global Environmental Change: Human Implications
Global environmental change: its significance for societies, economies and international relations. Value systems
underlying environmental discourse; political economy of the environment; sustainability and security. Environmental
diplomacy and grassroots environmentalism. Regionalized impacts of pressures on natural environments; challenges of
adaptation. (Also listed as INAF 5701.)
GEOG 5400 [0.5 credit] – Graduate Course
Territory and Territoriality
Contemporary geographical and international relations theorizing is challenging notions of boundaries and territories in
the political organization of modernity. Using contemporary writings on geopolitics, security, sovereignty, self-
determination and identity politics this course investigates territoriality as a political and intellectual strategy. (Also listed
as INAF 5402.)
Prepared by Sandra Jones - February 7th 2011
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