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This course permits senior students, under the direction of faculty members, to pursue their interest in areas not covered, or not covered in depth, by other courses through a program of independent study. [Note 1: Permission of the Department/Program Advisor. Students must obtain consent of an instructor who is willing to be a supervisor and must register for the course prior to the last day for change of registration in the term during which the course is being taken. Note 2: A program on Independent Study cannot duplicate subject matter covered through regular course offerings. Note 3: Students may register for GENV 4950/51 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] (Format: Independent Study)
This course explores a selected contemporary urban issue focusing in any given year on topics such as the political geography of the Canadian urban movement, the urban dynamics of key world cities,cities in the developing world, and cities and the new economy. [Note 1: Students may register for GENV 4821 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] (Format: Seminar 3 Hours) (Exclusion: GEOG 4821) Monday 1:30 to 4:20PM Avard Dixon 230.
This course examines the current state of scientific knowledge related to various contemporary environmental issues and the public policy implications of these issues. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours)(Exclusion: GEOG 4101) Wednesday 1:30 to 4:20PM Avard Dixon G10.
This course explores the rise in importance of global cities in the era of economic globalization. As command centres of the global economy, global cities serve as hubs of technology, knowledge, finance, culture, immigration, and tourism. It examines the differing roles of cities in the global north and global south with particular attention to issues of employment, environment, and inequality. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: GENV 4821 if taken in Winter 2011) Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Avard Dixon 120.
This course examines Japans geography since 1860, emphasizing the importance of international trade and new technologies and their roles in forming new geographic relationships for Japan with other parts of East Asia and with the West. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)(Exclusion: GEOG 3321) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Bennett Building G03.
This course studies the politics and policies of environmental problem-solving within the Canadian context. It examines key features of the Canadian political system - its parlimentary structure, robust federalism among others - in light of the nations evolving environmental policy. It pays particular attention to the role of stakeholder dynamics and alternative regulatory tools and strategies (e.g., pollution taxes, best available technology, etc.). (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)(Exclusion: GEOG 3201) Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 to 3:50PM Avard Dixon 120.
This course examines the changing spatial organization of the world industrial map since 1945 by comparing British and North American de-industrialization with the rapid growth of some sectors of newly industrialized countries, including the effects of new production technology, changes in industrial organization and transnational corporations and new regional trading blocs on those changing patterns are discussed. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: GEOG 2201) Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 9:50AM Avard Dixon G12.
This course reviews how different disciplines are brought to bear on the study of environmental issues. Some of the topics considered in this survey include the role of environmental philosophy and activism, interactions between science and environmental politics, environmental or ecological economics, and sustainable development. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)(Distribution: Social World-c) (Exclusion: ENST 1001) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Avard Dixon G12.
This course introduces the study of the human population and the spatial dimensions of environmental change. It examines how people interact with the environment and the core forces which shape these interactions, including population, culture, technology, and geography. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Distribution: Social World-c) (Exclusion: GEOG 1201) Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 11:20AM Sir James Dunn Building 113.
This course focuses on the application of modern survey and paleoenvironmental methods in the assessment of environmental change and investigates bioindicator responses across time or space. The course also introduces aspects of design, analysis, and interpretation relevant to environmental science and biomonitoring programs. Topics of investigation may include the effects of climate change or shifts in water quality, and bioindicator distributions across ecological gradients. (Format: Laboratory 3 Hours) [Note 1: This course may require attendance at an off-campus field location outside of regular course hours.] Wednesday 7:00 to 9:50PM Avard Dixon G9.
This course either focuses on topics not covered by the current course offerings in a department or program or offers the opportunity to pilot a course that is being considered for inclusion in the regular program. [Note 1: Prerequisite set by Department/Program when the topic and level are announced. Note 2: When a Department or Program intends to offer a course under this designation, it must submit course information, normally at least three months in advance, to the Dean. Note 3: Students may register for GENS 3991 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] (Format: Variable) Monday 1:30 to 4:20PM Avard Dixon 118.
This course explores the links between the geomorphology and climatology of a region and the plant-animal environments through a biogeographical approach to ecological studies. It focuses on the geography of plants including environmental controls of plant distributions and the functional and historical aspects of plant communities. [Note 1: This course is cross-listed with BIOL 3421 and may therefore count as three credits in either discipline.] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 3 Hours)(Exclusion: GEOG 3421) Monday Wednesday and Friday 12:30 to 1:20PM Avard Dixon G9.
This course begins with a critical examination of current research techniques. Students then design,implement, complete, and evaluate a field research project in environmental science. [Note 1: This course requires attendance at an off-campus field camp and students will be liable for some field trip costs.] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Multi-Day Field Camp) (Exclusion: GEOG 3401) Friday 1:30 to 4:20PM Avard Dixon G9.
This course surveys several aspects of traditional cartography, examines one or more Geographic Information Systems, and explores the role of maps in conveying geographic information. (Format: Lecture/Laboratory 3 Hours) (Exclusion: GEOG 2721; GEOG 3711) Monday Wednesday and Friday 11:30 to 12:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 106.
This course develops basic skills in data collection, analysis, and presentation. It introduces basic statistical and hypothesis testing procedures, along with relevant software. (Format: Lecture/Laboratory 3 Hours) (Exclusion: GEOG 2711) Monday Wednesday and Friday 12:30 to 1:20PM Avard Dixon G12.
This course introduces the general principles of Physical Geography and the Environment, emphasizing the physical world at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. This course introduces the four fundamental spheres of Physical Geography: the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. It examines basic processes in the physical environment such as the seasons, layers of the atmosphere, the earths energy budget and interactions with atmospheric processes. It also investigates weather and its interplay within the hydrological cycle, the fundamentals of climatology, the three basic rock types, tectonic activity and weathering of the earths surface. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 1.5 Hours) (Distribution: Natural Science-c) (Exclusion: GEOG 1401) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Crabtree M14.