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Undergraduate Environmental Courses offered in various departments

The following is a list of undergraduate courses with environment and sustainability themes that are offered in various departments across campus and in addition to the Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Environmental Engineering programs.

Please seek academic counselling and information from the appropriate department or faculty office for individual courses listed on this page.

Departments with offerings: Anthropology; Geography; History; Sociology

Department of Anthropology

(Please refer to module description in the undergraduate academic calendar for more information, under Anthropology).
Courses listed below are on an alternate year rotation with the exception of Special Topics courses which are depend on the availability of faculty and are offered on an occasional basis.
Course outlines (pdf) are provided by the Department of Anthropology for courses offered in the current term only.

Anthropology 2203F/G Indigenous Peoples, Globalization and the Environment
An examination of natural resource development emphasizing the interplay between indigenous people, the state and transnational developers. Topics include: environmentalism and livelihood; land rights; corporate power and state policies; common property and community-based resource
management; NGOs in environmental politics; sustainability and the greening of development.

Anthropology 2260F/G Nature in the City
This course examines how changing notions of social control, sanitation, property value, class, security, and individual well-being have shaped the social production of green spaces in urban environments. We will also explore how green spaces are experienced by urban inhabitants and
influence their imagination of the city. http://www.anthropology.uwo.ca/pdf/outlines/2260_001_w10_Premat.pdf

Anthropology 2262F/G The Production and Consumption of Global Commodities
This course focuses on communities of commodity producers and consumers in an integrated global political economy. Weekly lectures centre on particular commodities (rubber, gold, sapphires, oil, water, etc.) and on how anthropologists have attempted to study the roots and effects of their production and consumption.

Anthropology 2264F/G Issues in Primate Conservation
A consideration of conservation issues confronting primatologists, including: conservation assessment, variables for understanding the conservation biology of nonhuman primate populations, biogeographic
patterns contributing to declining primate populations, strategies in primate conservation, and how ethnoprimatology - the study of interactions between humans and nonhuman primate populations - can be useful in primate conservation.

Anthropology 2269F/G Special Topics in Environment and Culture
Special topics in the anthropological study of environment and culture. This year's version of the course is "Aboriginal Landscapes in Ontario" http://www.anthropology.uwo.ca/pdf/outlines/FNS2253G_001_w10_Fehr.pdf

Anthropology 3322 Field School in Environment and Culture
This course offers students the opportunity to study current issues in environmental anthropology through participation in extended fieldtrips and collaborative research projects during Intersession or summer terms. Students should be prepared to cover necessary travel and living expenses. Applications required and available in department. (Will be offered this summer in Madagascar.)

Anthropology 3369F/G Advanced Special Topics in Environment and Culture
Advanced special topics in the anthropological study of environment and
culture.This year's version of the course is *"Anthropological Perspectives on
First Nations and Environmental Issues"

In addition, this year's Anthropology 4431F/G Advanced Special Topics
in Anthropology is "The Anthropology of Resource Frontiers" http://www.anthropology.uwo.ca/pdf/outlines/4431_001_w10_jorgensen.pdf

Department of Geography

Geography 1100 - Fundamentals of Geography
A systematic descriptive introduction to the diverse elements of landscape including geomorphic, climatic, and biotic elements, human settlement and land-use patterns.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34775 and

Geography 1300A/B - Physical Geography
Examines the phenomena and processes of the Earth-atmosphere system that underlie human environment interactions and environmental change.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34776 and

Geography 1400F/G - People, Places and Landscapes
Examines the spatial dynamics of social, cultural, economic and political processes and describes the resulting modification of the natural and built environments which create diverse human landscapes.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34777 and

Geography 1500 A/B Society and Nature
An introduction to environmental change and human-environment interaction over time, using regional case studies from different biomes.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34778 and http://geography.uwo.ca/undergrad/courses/1500F.pdf

Geography 2010A/B - Geography of Canada
An overview of the regional geography of Canada, including demographics, culture, the economy, resources and environmental issues.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34779 and

Geography 2011A/B - Ontario and the Great Lakes
A detailed examination of the province as part of the Great Lakes region, with special reference to its historical development, natural resources and patterns of human and economic activity.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34780 and

Geography 2012A/B - Geography of Arctic Canada
An introduction to the landscapes of the Canadian Arctic: interrelationships amongst climate, vegetation, landforms, soils and resources; human responses over time.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34781 and

Geography 2020A/B - Latin America and the Caribbean: Landscapes of Inequality
This course provides an introduction to the geography of Latin America and the Caribbean by examining how struggles for land, resources and labour have driven political, economic, social and environmental change in the region, from the European Conquest to the present.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34782 and

Geography 2030A/B - Africa South of the Sahara
This course provides an introduction to the geography of Africa south of the Sahara, examining economic, political, social and environmental issues will be examined with a focus on contemporary patterns of change within the context of the global economy.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34783 and

Geography 2040A/B - Geography of East and Southeast Asia
Issues examined include ethnic relationships, social structure, population distribution, environmental awareness and resource utilization.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34784 and

Geography 2071F/G - World Rivers
This course introduces students to the interactions between rivers, their physiographic environments, and human activities.

Geography 2131A/B - The Natural Environment
An examination of the characteristics, origins and history of selected natural environments with particular reference to North America.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34793 and

Geography 2144F/G - Geography of Tourism
Examination of tourism as a global, national and local phenomenon, with economic, social, and environmental impacts.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34796 and

Geography 2151A/B - Global Change: Issues and Impacts
Overview and implications of aspects of global change such as the global economy, the environment and demographics.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34797 and

Geography 2152F/G - Geography of Hazards
A survey of the methods and models used to understand human responses to hazards including discussions of both so-called "natural hazards" (e.g. floods, fires, earthquakes) and "technological hazards" (e.g. nuclear technology, genetically modified organisms, terrorism, war).
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34798 and

Geography 2153A/B - Environment, Economy, and Society
The human uses of and impacts on environment and resources; the concept of sustainability; current resource issues.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34799 and

Geography 2154F/G - Resource Planning and Management
Methods of resource analysis, planning, and management, including landscape evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, and impact assessment.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34800 and

Geography 2310A/B - Weather and Climate
Fundamentals of the physical processes underlying weather and climate; radiant energy, energy balances, clouds, atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; principles of the "Greenhouse Effect", mid-latitude cyclones and aspects of weather forecasting, severe weather phenomenon and atmospheric optics.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34811 and

Geography 2320A/B - Introductory Biogeography
Spatial distributions of plants and animals; evolutionary and environmental controls on distributions; impacts of human settlement.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34812 and

Geography 2330A/B - Geomorphology and Hydrology
Water and sediment cycles at the earth's surface and explanation of the resultant landforms; examples of response to environmental change; selected applications to environmental management.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34813 and

Geography 2411F/G - Indigenous Environments
The consequences of physical environmental change for Indigenous communities around the globe will be examined in relation to the processes of colonialism and environmental dispossession.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34816 and

Geography 2430A/B - Health Geography
Through case studies, students will learn the important role of geography in explaining patterns of diseases, health transitions and health inequalities around the world.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34818 and

Geography 2450F/G - Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management
A geographical introduction to natural resources and their management; juxtaposition of global and Canadian resources and environmental conditions and the human management response.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34819 and

Geography 3260A/B - Environmental Modelling with Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
Examination of spatially and temporally distributed environmental models that use Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing techniques.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34831 and

Geography 3311A/B - Micrometeorology
Principles of weather and climate at micro-, local, and meso-scales; processes associated with transfer of heat, mass, and momentum and resulting climates near the surface; local winds, fog, urban climates and air pollution.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34832 and

Geography 3312A/B - Human Impacts on Weather and Climate
An examination of modified weather and climates due to human activities on scales ranging from local modification of microclimates in urban areas to global climate change.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34833 and

Geography 3321A/B - Advanced Biogeography
Distributions of plants and animals over space and time; theory of island biogeography; landscape biogeography; research techniques in applied biogeography.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34834 and

Geography 3331A/B - Glacial Geomorphology
Glaciers, glacial landforms, and geomorphic processes with special reference to contemporary glacierized environments.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34835 and

Geography 3333A/B - Drainage Basin Geomorphology
Analysis of drainage basin form and process, including fluvial processes on hillslopes, channel networks, the drainage basin sediment cascade, response of drainage basins to environmental change and selected applications to drainage basin management.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34837 and

Geography 3334A/B - Geomorphology of River Channels
The geomorphology of rivers, including fluvial hydraulics, fluvial erosion and sediment transport, river channel morphology and dynamics, channel and floodplain sedimentation, the response of rivers to human activities and environmental change, and applications to river channel management.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34838 and

Geography 3341A/B - Hydrology
The relationship between rainfall and runoff, including the influence of vegetation and soil-water systems; runoff from snow and ice; the hydrological role of lakes and rivers.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34839 and

Geography 3342A/B - Groundwater Hydrology
The distribution and movement of groundwater; evaluation and monitoring of groundwater resources with respect to their extraction, pollution and remediation.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34840 and

Geography 3350A/B - Environmental Change
The evidence, causes, and chronology of environmental change, with emphasis on the Holocene in North America.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34841 and

Geography 3351A/B - Dendrochronology
Introduction to techniques of tree-ring dating and applications to research in geomorphology, archaeology, palaeoecology, and palaeoclimatology.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34842 and

Geography 3352A/B - Paleolimnology and Global Environmental Change
This course provides students with an introduction to paleolimnology, which uses the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of lake sediments to determine past environments.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34843 and

Geography 3415A/B - Geographic Perspectives on Law and Society
This course introduces geographic approaches to law, surveying topics such as the spacing of urbanism and social, cultural and environmental regulation.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34846 and

Geography 3431A/B - Geography of Health and Health Care
A critical examination of the major themes in the geography of health and health care with a focus on the importance of understanding place, space and environment as they relate to health.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34850 and

Geography 3432A/B - Environmental Hazards and Human Health
This is a survey course regarding the links between human health and environmental hazard exposure, including the health impacts of water pollution, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste, toxic substances, pesticides and radiation.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34851 and

Geography 3441F/G - Conservation and Development
Examines struggles between conservation and economic development in a North-South context, setting the transformation of natural ecosystems and impoverishment of biodiversity in a political economic context that includes disparities in wealth, consumption, and ‘ecological footprints’.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34852 and

Geography 3445F/G - Geography of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition
A geographical perspective on the social, political, economic and environmental aspects of food, agriculture and nutrition.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#38998 and

Geography 3451A/B - Impact Assessment and Sustainable Resource Management
Problem definition from the standpoint of sustainable resource management; institutional arrangements, conflict analysis and formulation of public policies; impact assessment as a process in planning resource development.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34854 and

Geography 3452A/B - Implementing Sustainability
Practical issues regarding the implementation of sustainability in resource management, with emphasis on skills development, entrepreneurship, leadership and the facilitation of change.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34855 and

Geography 3453F/G - Water Resources Management
The examination of concepts and methodologies utilized in the management of water, focusing on water management strategies and their legal, administrative, economic and political implications.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34856 and

Geography 4220A/B - The GeoWeb and Geomedia
This course explores the challenges and opportunities of citizens’ production, access, dissemination and use of Internet-based geospatial data (the geoweb) including locational and still/video imagery.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#39487 and

Geography 4430A/B - Community-based Research on Environment and Health
A critical review of Canadian research on environment and health, focusing upon dilemmas and responsibilities of conducting research in communities under stress.
http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg915.html#34868 and http://geography.uwo.ca/undergrad/courses/4430B.pdf

Department of History

History 3225F/G: Nature in Canadian History
An exploration of humans' relationships with nature in Canada.  Topics include ecological imperialism, national symbols, the Group of Seven, and the rise of enviromentalism.

History 3407F/G: Themes in European Environmental History: From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century
This course explores the history of European attitudes towards the natural world, with an emphasis on the early modern period.

Department of Sociology

Sociology 2107A/B Population and Environment: Theory, Practice and Debate
(note: course not offered until 2010-2011 academic year)
Changes in population size, age, and distribution affect issues ranging from food security to climate change, which in turn affect population growth and migration. These links are explored with the purpose of promoting scientific and policy dialogues. Topics include: the Malthusian debate, sustainability, global warming, mass migrations, environment and health.
Links: http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2010/pg959.html#47072

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