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AUENV120 Human Activities and the Natural Environment Course Page

Description: Introductory analysis of the interrelationships between society and the natural world, environmental consequences, and human perceptions. The characteristics and interactions of physical environmental systems and various facets of resource management (including forestry, agriculture, fisheries, protected areas, endangered species, and pollution) are described and analyzed. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 120 and AUGEO 120.

AUENV233 Soil Science and Soil Resources Course Page

Description: Soil characteristics, formation, processes, occurrence, classification, and management in the natural and modified environment. Prerequisites: *3 course in AUBIO, AUCHE, AUENV, or AUPHY. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 233 and AUGEO 233.

AUENV252 Wildlife Diversity of Alberta Course Page

Description: Ecology, conservation, and identification of Alberta's common wildlife species, with a focus on mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates. A mandatory field trip will be included. Prerequisites: AUENV 120, AUGEO 120, AUBIO 110 (2014) or AUBIO 112.

AUENV260 Environmental Studies Practicum Course Page

Description: Practicum placement in a government, industry, or non-governmental organization to gain awareness and experience in an environmental field. Prerequisite: AUENV 120 or AUGEO 120. Notes: Open only to a student with a major in Environmental Studies/Science. AUENV 260 is classified as an arts course. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 260, 261, and AUIDS 260.

AUENV261 Environmental Science Practicum Course Page

Description: Practicum placement in a government, industry, or non-governmental organization to gain awareness and experience in an environmental field. Prerequisites: AUENV 120 or AUGEO 120. Notes: Open only to a student with a major in Environmental Science/Studies. AUENV 261 is classified as a science course. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 260, 261 and AUIDS 260.

AUENV268 Women and Environmental Literature Course Page

Description: Study of women's writing about nature and environment focusing on various themes relevant to environmental literature, primarily the various ways that the natural world is represented in literature, and the relationship between cultural constructions of nature and cultural constructions of gender, class, race, and sexuality. Works include fiction, poetry, and/or nonfiction. An introduction to several ecofeminist theorists provides a critical framework for exploring images and themes in women's environmental literature. Prerequisites: Two of AUENG 102, 103 or 104. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 268, 368, AUENG 268, 368.

AUENV269 The End of the World: Contemporary Apocalyptic Literature Course Page

Description: A study of the contemporary speculative creative writers who consider the end of the world as we know it and the relationship of this literature to a growing body of scientific evidence that warns of global collapse if current damaging human practices are not abated. Consideration will be given to these works as cautionary tales, thought experiments, and socio-political satire. Prerequisites: Two of AUENG 102, 103 or 104. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 269, 369, AUENG 269, 369.

AUENV301 Directed Studies Course Page

Description: Supervised research project and intensive study of a specific area in environmental science as defined by the student and supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *6 in Environmental Studies. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Environmental Studies/Science. An application for Individual Study must be completed and approved before registration in the course. AUENV 301 is classified as a science course.

AUENV302 Directed Reading Course Page

Description: Supervised research project and intensive study of a specific area in environmental studies as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *6 in Environmental Studies. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Environmental Studies. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course. AUENV 302 is classified as an arts course.

AUENV320 Parks and Wilderness Course Page

Description: Examination of scientific principles and concepts underlying parks, wilderness and other protected area systems with emphasis on Canada. Topics include history, philosophy, conceptual frameworks, roles in sustainability, and types of biological and geographic designations. Prerequisite: One of AUBIO 253, AUENV 120, AUGEO 120, consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 320, 420, AUGEO 320, 420.

AUENV324 Resource and Environmental Management Course Page

Description: Integration of both physical and human phenomena in understanding natural resources, their dimensions and boundaries. Basic concepts in resource analysis and management: the decision-making process, management frameworks and strategies, legislation and regulation, impact assessment, the role of perceptions, attitudes and behaviour, and the impact of public participation/interest groups in the development of natural resources. Prerequisite: One of AUBIO 253, AUENV 120, AUGEO 120, 230, 231, consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 324 and AUGEO 324. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUENV327 Environmental Education and Heritage Interpretation Course Page

Description: Theory and methods of communicating environmental and heritage subject matter to a broad audience. Includes discussion of the history, theory, planning, management, implementation, and evaluation of environmental programs. Techniques will apply to a variety of personal and non-personal techniques. Prerequisites: AUENV 120 or AUGEO 120.

AUENV328 Environmental Politics Course Page

Description: Examination of contemporary debates in, and the evolution of, environmental policy and politics. This course will focus on Canadian issues in a comparative perspective, exploring topics such as environmental political theory, the policy cycle, social movements, international issues, and related case studies. Prerequisite: *3 in either Environmental Studies/Science or Political Studies. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 328 and AUPOL 328.

AUENV334 Field Studies in Environmental Science and Ecology Course Page

Description: A 3-week field course that provides students an opportunity to develop skills in research and study design in the field of Environmental Science and Ecology. Students will live in a field camp to allow them to fully immerse themselves in their research projects, which could cover the range of ecology, botany, geography, environmental science and/or environmental studies. Course content also includes instruction in key aspects of conservation biology and resource management. Prerequisites: AUSTA 215 and AUENV 120 or AUGEO 120 and one of AUGEO 218, AUGEO 230, AUENV 252, AUBIO 253. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 334, AUENV 334 and AUGEO 334.

AUENV335 Wildlife Ecology and Management Course Page

Description: Theory and practices in the study and management of wildlife populations and communities. Population dynamics, habitat assessment and management, conservation challenges, and emerging trends. Computational models and assignments aid theoretical understanding of material. Prerequisites: AUENV 252; AUBIO 253.

AUENV341 Environmental Economics Course Page

Description: Examination of the relationships between the economy and the environment. Emphasis is placed on the application of economic analysis to various environmental issues. Prerequisite: AUECO 101. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 341 and AUECO 341.

AUENV344 Environmental Psychology Course Page

Description: Systematic study of the dynamic interchange between people and their social and physical environmental contexts. Topics include theories of environmental perception, the effects of crowding, the impact of natural/urban settings, the effects of building design and colours, and managing limited resources. Prerequisites: AUPSY 102; third-year standing. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 344 and AUPSY 344.

AUENV345 Religion and Ecology Course Page

Description: This course examines the complexities and tensions in formulating religious responses to environmental problems. It looks at how eco justice, stewardship, ecological spirituality, and ecofeminism integrate Christian traditions with environmental responsibility. It also devotes substantial time to outlining the ways place-based identities address issues related to colonialism, environmental racism, technology and community. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 345 and AUREL 345.

AUENV350 Conservation Theory and Biodiversity in Tropical Systems Course Page

Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of conservation biology. The scope of conservation biology and levels of biodiversity are explored, as are aspects of tropical ecology related to conservation. Prerequisite: One of AUBIO 253, 294, or 295, and consent of the instructor(s) based on successful completion of the selection process. Note: This course is intended to be taken in sequence with AUBIO 459 or AUENV 459. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 350, 450, AUBIO 350, 450.

AUENV354 Freshwater Ecology and Management Course Page

Description: Introduction to the biological, chemical and physical features of freshwater ecosystems, and how they relate to ecological processes in and adjacent to aquatic systems. The course will examine the role of ecological patterns in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, with an emphasis on freshwater systems and their management in western Canada. Prerequisite: AUBIO 253. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 354, AUBIO 354, and AUGEO 354. The course requires participation in a field trip. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUENV355 Philosophy, Technology, and the Environment Course Page

Description: Investigation of the philosophical and social issues related to technology and the environment. The natural/artificial distinction, different senses of "environment" and the ways we understand, package, and manage nature form the foundation of the course. Issues in environmental ethics are also addressed. Thinkers may include Marx, Heidegger, Marcel, Borgmann, Winner, Singer, Regan, and others. Prerequisite: None, but AUPHI 350 would be useful. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 355 and AUPHI 355.

AUENV358 Environmental Sociology Course Page

Description: Theoretical and empirical examination of the connection between the natural environment and the social world. This involves inquiry into the sociological dimensions of some major contemporary environmental problems, including air, water and soil pollution, decreased biodiversity, deforestation, climate change, and ozone depletion. Particular attention is paid to the social and political connections among issues of industrialization, development, globalization, inequality, gender, social change and environmental destruction. Prerequisites: Third-year standing and AUENV 120 (or its cross-listed equivalent). Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 358, 458 and AUSOC 358, 458.

AUENV368 Women and Environmental Literature Course Page

Description: Study of women's writing about nature and environment focusing on various themes relevant to environmental literature, primarily the various ways that the natural world is represented in literature, and the relationship between cultural constructions of nature and cultural constructions of gender, class, race, and sexuality. Works include fiction, poetry, and/or nonfiction. An introduction to several ecofeminist theorists provides a critical framework for exploring images and themes in women's environmental literature. Prerequisites: Two of AUENG 102, 103 or 104, and *6 in English at the 200 level (excluding AUENG 204, 215, 291). Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 268, 368, AUENG 268, 368.

AUENV369 The End of the World: Contemporary Apocalyptic Literature Course Page

Description: A study of the contemporary speculative creative writers who consider the end of the world as we know it and the relationship of this literature to a growing body of scientific evidence that warns of global collapse if current damaging human practices are not abated. Consideration will be given to these works as cautionary tales, thought experiments, and socio-political satire. Prerequisites: Two of AUENG 102, 103 or 104 and *6 in English at the 200 level (excluding AUENG 204, 215, 291). Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 269, 369, AUENG 269, 369.

AUENV375 Canadian Environmental History Course Page

Description: Historical examination of the dynamic interrelationships between the natural world and humans, with a focus on Canadian issues within a North American context. Topics and perspectives will include: Aboriginal peoples, colonization, fur trade, exploration, settlement, western agriculture, science, and the conservation movement. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 375, 475, AUHIS 375, 475.

AUENV401 Directed Studies Course Page

Description: Supervised research project and intensive study of a specific area in environmental science as defined by the student and supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *6 in Environmental Studies. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Environmental Studies/Science. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course. AUENV 401 is classified as a science courses.

AUENV402 Directed Reading Course Page

Description: Supervised research project and intensive study of a specific area in environmental studies as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *6 in Environmental Studies. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Environmental Studies. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course. AUENV 402 is classified as an arts course.

AUENV410 Selected Topics in Environmental Studies Course Page

Description: Advanced study of a selected topic in environmental studies. Focus and content of each course are determined by student and faculty interests, and vary from year to year. Prerequisites: Third-year standing or consent of the instructor; previous course(s) in Environmental Studies and other disciplines as determined by the instructor.

AUENV420 Parks and Wilderness Course Page

Description: Examination of scientific principles and concepts underlying parks, wilderness, and other protected area systems with emphasis on Canada. Topics include history, philosophy, conceptual frameworks, roles in sustainability, and types of biological and geographical designations. Prerequisite: One of AUBIO 253, AUENV 120, AUGEO 120; and one of AUBIO 350, 351, 353, 359, 450, 459, AUENV 324, 350, 353, 359, 450, 459, AUGEO 324, 351. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 320, 420, AUGEO 320, 420.

AUENV421 Environmental Science: History and Impacts Course Page

Description: Overview of the historical developments, past and current impacts, and changing roles of the field of environmental science. Prerequisites: One of AUBIO 350, 353, 450; AUENV 320, 324, 350, 353, 420, 450; AUGEO 320, 324, 420 and at least fourth-year standing. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 421 and AUGEO 421.

AUENV425 Environmental Impact Assessment Course Page

Description: History and theory of environmental impact assessment; legislative and policy frameworks; role in resource planning; methods and techniques for the assessment of impacts; future directions. Prerequisites: One of AUENV 324, AUGEO 324, and AUBIO 253. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 425, AUGEO 425. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUENV459 Field Studies in Tropical Ecology and Conservation Course Page

Description: Field course that addresses problems of biodiversity and conservation in tropical environments. The student participates in field workshops, and designs and conducts their own field project to answer questions related to ecological and biological conservation. Prerequisite: AUBIO 350 or AUENV 350, and consent of the instructors based on successful completion of the selection process. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 459 and AUENV 459. Students who have received credit for AUBIO 359 or AUENV 359 may enrol in AUBIO 459 or AUENV 459 in a subsequent year based on successful completion of the selection process. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUENV475 Canadian Environmental History Course Page

Description: Historical examination of the dynamic interrelationships between the natural world and humans, with a focus on Canadian issues within a North American context. Topics and perspectives will include: Aboriginal peoples, colonization, fur trade, exploration, settlement, western agriculture, science, and the conservation movement. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 375, 475, AUHIS 375, 475.