MES Program courses are designed exclusively for MES program students. Students who are not registered in the program may not enrol in MES program courses or workshops.
There are five required courses in the MES program, a series of professional development workshops and a summer co-op work term. Students will take all courses and workshops as scheduled in the first two semesters of the program followed by the work term. There are no elective course options in the MES program.
Students will be provided with course outlines on the first day of classes.
This course considers the concept and practice of sustainability in the context of environment and resource management. After an introduction to resources, resource management and the legal framework in Canada, the course pays particular attention to different forms of planning and techniques used in environment and resource management, such as benefit-cost analysis and impact assessment. Some time of the course will be devoted to the role of bargaining in resource and environmental management. Particular approaches as to how we address the change, uncertainty, complexity and conflict (associated with many types of environmental issues) are explored. Student projects on a variety of case studies will provide further insight into the practice of planning and management.
This course builds on the foundations of sustainability concepts to consider the combination of environmental, social, and economic issues from a management perspective. As these are difficult challenges, students will not be presented with either easy questions or simple answers. Exploring these issues tends to generate active and heated scientific, social, and economic debate..
This course is designed to foster in-depth discussion and equip students with the concepts and tools to develop an interesting, insightful project that explores sustainable development into practice. The course will examine one firm in detail during each weekly session, supplemented with other readings or activities. There will be group presentations in mid-December.
By the end of this course, you should have gained tools, skills, and intuition that will enable you to:
Sustainable development and environmental sciences deal directly with the environmental determinants of health. Projects, contacts, or initiatives undertaken by MES practitioners will likely start with an assessment of the general health of an ecosystem or a population and then be required to maintain or remediate the situation back to the unperturbed, balanced natural state. Thus you are making judgments on the “health” of an ecosystem or population. In “Ecosystem Health” we will explore the theory and practice of measuring and implementing projects that deal with the interrelationships between humans and all aspects of their environment, including disease, health and well being. In this context, the health of all parts and individual species of the ecosystem is important, particularly where illness is due to exposures to pollutant chemicals or biological agents in the environment.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic fundamentals of environmental science and engineering and their synergistic role for the maintenance of a healthy and sustainable environment. Several case studies will be studied and analyzed, including carbon dioxide emissions, global warming, air and water pollution control, solid waste management and treatment, renewable energy resources, world population and environmental sustainability issues.
By the end of this course you will have an understanding of:
This course provides an in-depth look at sustainability through the lens of biodiversity. Both theoretical and practical links between biodiversity science and sustainability science will be explored. Lectures emphasize fundamental concepts of biodiversity science. "What is biodiversity?" and "How is sustainability dependent on biodiversity?" are two primary questions that will be addressed in lecture, and in a series of required readings. Students will explore the practical link between biodiversity and sustainability by participating in a 4-week independent experiential learning project focused on sustainable living practices.
The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to work with the Client in a non-academic, applied setting. Members of each Consulting Group will jointly undertake environmental research. Upon completion of the course, each Consulting Group will make a formal presentation of their research findings and recommendations and will provide their Client with a professional quality report.
Success in this course requires each student to undertake both secondary and primary research. Secondary research is defined here as a review of data, including documents, that has been published in some form, such as scholarly books and articles, industry or government reports, and newspaper articles. Primary research means the collection and analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data, including verbal or written statements from people, or from governmental or other documents.
The course Instructor will present the projects and students will compete for the projects.
By the end of the course, you should have gained experience to:
Cooperative education (co-op) is a program through which students gain professional work experience related to their Masters of Environment & Sustainability graduate program and career objectives. The MES co-op is a mandatory component of the MES Program, and carries a 2.5 credit weight. The MES co-op provides students with skills and experience needed to compete for an entry-level position as an environmental professional in industry, a non-governmental organization, or a government department. Students will be employed between May 1 and August 30th. Upon completion of the MES co-op, students will be required to present their technical experiences to representatives of the MES program through the submission of a written technical report, followed by an oral presentation. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to reflect and learn from each other’s work placements through recounting their overall experience.
In this course, students will:
* Note on paid co-op placements: The MES program cannot guarantee summer co-op placements, but will make every effort to assist students in obtaining suitable co-op work term employment. Our goal is 100% placement of all registered MES co-op students.