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Environmental Studies

Courses not offered in the current academic year are listed at the end of this section.

Note: There are a number of courses offered in the Faculty of Environmental Studies of an integrative nature which extend across the academic interests of the four units: School of Architecture, Department of Geography, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, and School of Urban and Regional Planning. The courses are of a general interest and are open to all students in the University. There is not an actual Department of Environmental Studies. Students interested in this area are urged to consult the course offerings of the four individual units mentioned above. These four departments/schools offer a variety of related courses allowing in depth studies of topics covered in the Environmental Studies courses.


ENV S 178 F,W 3C,1L 0.5
Introduction to Environmental Research Methods
Introduction to methods of developing, evaluating and using evidence in Environmental Studies. Methods for summarizing and critical appreciation of data describing environmental systems. Skill development in applying statistical techniques and in using microcomputers as a research tool.
While not a prerequisite for this course, CS 100 or a high school computing course is helpful.

ENV S 195 F 2C,1S 0.5
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Provides an overview of human ecological aspects of environmental studies from an intercultural and global perspective.


ENV S 200 F,W 2C,2L 0.5
Field Ecology
Introduces the main concepts and principles of ecology; the cycling of elements; energetics and structural organization of major ecological systems; population dynamics; impact of natural resource management practices and urban and industrial development on the environment; incorporating environmental quality considerations into development activities. The laboratory sessions include field trips to study natural and disturbed ecosystems, urban and applied ecology.
Prereq: Only second year students and above except for Planning
Lab fee of $10
Antireq: BIOL 250

ENV S 201 F 3C,1.5S 0.5
Introduction to Environmental and Planning Law
Introduction to legal concepts generally and to environmental and planning law concepts in particular. Designed both for students who do not plan to take further in depth legal courses and as a prerequisite for senior legal courses - ENV S 401 and PLAN 402. Topics to be covered include Sources of Law, Nature of Legal Remedies, Common Law, Administrative Agencies, Planning Act, Environmental Protection and Assessment Acts, and Federal Environmental Protection Act.

ENV S 220 F 2C,1T 0.5
Environmental Economics
Evaluation of various economic approaches to the environment. The links between economics, systems and the natural environment will be explored and future directions examined.

ENV S 252 F 3C 0.5
Media Tools for Environmental Studies
Instruction in basic black and white photography relating to photography's role as a media tool; basic darkroom functions, camera operation, composition, photographic theory, and photo essay production. Much of the course work and projects will be done outside the classroom in field situations of environmental concern using initiative in project development. Students are expected to supply their own cameras. A limited number of cameras will be available on a rental basis.
Prereq: Environmental Studies students; others with consent of instructor
Lab fee of $5 for use of ES Student Darkroom
Materials at student's expense

ENV S 278 F,W 3C,1L 0.5
Advanced Environmental Research Methods
Advanced methods for developing, evaluating and using primary and secondary data in Environmental Studies. Builds upon ENV S 178 by introducing probability and inferential statistics, statistical sampling procedures and hypothesis testing. Standard parametric and nonparametric statistical tests up to the linear regression model and extensions. Modelling of environmental phenomena in space and time using the microcomputer for data entry, storage and analysis.
Prereq: ENV S 178
See overlapping content note (Grading System Item 7 )


ENV S 320 W 2C,1T 0.5
Environmental Economics: An Historical Perspective
An introduction to the history of economic thought as it relates to the environment. Approaches taken by economists in different eras will be assessed as to their applicability in the development of environmental policies now and then.
Prereq: ENV S 220 or consent of instructor

ENV S 334 F 3C,1L 0.5
Introduction to Park Management
Basic administrative procedures in park management. Operational techniques are examined together with general policies of acquisition, operation and development.
Prereq: REC 230
Cross-listed as REC 334

ENV S 365Z F 2.5
Waterloo in UK - Leeds
Description in Environmental Studies program section
Cross-listed as GEOG 365Z

ENV S 366Z W 2.5
Waterloo in UK - Leeds
As 365Z.
Cross-listed as GEOG 366Z

ENV S 382Z F 2.5
Waterloo in Australia - RMIT
Description in Environmental Studies program section

ENV S 383Z W 2.5
Waterloo in Australia - RMIT
Description in Environmental Studies program section

ENV S 384Z S 2.5
Waterloo in Australia - RMIT
Description in Environmental Studies program section

ENV S 392Z F 2.5
Waterloo in Australia - Deakin
Description in Environmental Studies program section

ENV S 393Z W 2.5
Waterloo in Australia - Deakin
As 392Z.

ENV S 394Z S 2.5
Waterloo in Australia - Deakin
As 392Z.

ENV S 395Z F 2.5
Waterloo In Australia - Griffith
Description in Environmental Studies program section

ENV S 396Z W 2.5
Waterloo in Australia - Griffith
AS 395Z

ENV S 397Z S 2.5
Waterloo in Australia - Griffith
As 395Z


ENV S 401 W 3C 0.5
Environmental Law
Detailed consideration of recent developments in Canadian environmental and resources regulatory regimes combined with guidance on presentation of expert evidence to courts and tribunals.
Prereq: ENV S 201

ENV S 417 S 3S 0.5
Field Studies in Land Use History and Landscape Change
Theory, method, case studies and field work in land use history and landscape change and their applicability to resource and environmental planning and management.
Prereq: Consent of instructor
Field trip fee varies depending on destination

ENV S 433 W 3C,2st 0.5
People in Natural Areas
Concepts, philosophy and practices of social science research will be discussed. Visitor management and interpretation and their relevance to cultural and natural heritage areas and facilities will be emphasized. Also included are the planning, design and management issues related to visitors, customary users, indigenous people, neighbours and stakeholders.
Prereq: REC/ENV S 334
Cross-listed as REC 433

ENV S 434 F 3C 0.5
Advanced Park Planning and Management
A study of policies, procedures, and practices relative to the management of natural resources. Emphasis is placed on an ecological systems approach to management as it relates to parks at all levels of government.
Prereq: REC/ENV S 334
Cross-listed as REC 434


ENV S 500 W 3C 0.5
Professional Development in Environmental Management
Professional practice issues, such as concepts of professionalism, ethics, the client-consultant relationship, expert testimony, interdisciplinary frameworks, private practice roles versus public or government roles, contract law, liability, communications, media and project management, will be addressed in the context of a studio project related to current environmental management issues.
Prereq: Fourth-year students or consent of instructor
Field trip fee: $15

Courses not offered 1995-96
ENV S 469 Field Aspects of Applied Ecology

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