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Minor in Environmental Studies

The minor in Environmental Studies introduces the student to the major themes in this field, including ecology, environmental ethics and environmental science, and well-known environmental issues such as global warming and climate change, ozone depletion, pollution, and energy and population issues. The minor also allows students to develop their interest in more advanced areas of environmental studies including energy politics, environmental politics, sustainability, and environmental economics.

Programme Structure

Minor in Enviromental Studies

US Credits

UK Credits

  • ENV 3125 Foundations in Environmental Studies

    A basic introduction to the major themes of Environmental Studies, this course covers basic ecology, environmental ethics, and environmental science. Well known environmental issues such as global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, pollution, and population issues are addressed from scientific, economic, politico-sociological and ethical standpoints. An awareness and appreciation of global, local, and personal environmental problems are developed, together with the implications of possible solutions. The concept of interrelatedness is a unifying theme throughout the course.

3 12
  • ENV 5100 Environmental Ethics: Green Principles

    This course is designed to develop students鈥 understanding of the concepts of environmental ethics through an analysis of historical and modern issues. The role of humans within nature and anthropogenic effects upon nature will be discussed along with typical environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, population issues, energy issues, conservation, women in the environment, and animal rights.

3 12
plus TWO of the following: Minimum of 6 Minimum of 24
  • ENV 3120 Energy: A Global Perspective

    A basic introduction to the major themes of modern and historical energy use, this course covers the basic science of energy use and technology and the history and science of humankind's spiralling and sometimes insidious drive for new forms of energy. From pre-history through to the industrial revolution and beyond this course takes a historical, environmental and comparative approach to the development of animate power, windmills, watermills and traditional uses of biomass, through to the industrial revolution and the modern use of fossil fuels, including electricity generation. Investigations of more modern energy use such as nuclear fission and fusion, along with renewable technologies such as wind turbines, hydroelectrics, solar, geothermal, biomass and fuel cells allow the course to explore the possibility of managing energy sources for the benefit of all.

9 36
  • ENV 4100 Endangered Species

    This course will give students knowledge and understanding of the underlying concepts and principles of the science of ecology through a study of ecosystems, conservation, biodiversity, and selected endangered or threatened species. The course will address natural and anthropogenic causes of species鈥 decline and extinction and possible conservation techniques that could have been, are, or could be, used to reverse the extinction or decline. As well as some typical 鈥榩oster species鈥, other less well known but equally important species will be discussed.

3 12
  • PLT 4102 Rich World, Poor World

    Provides students with an introduction to development studies, seeking to explain both the existence of and persistence of a Poor World from a political, sociological, historical and economic perspective. The course addresses numerous issues as they affect the Poor World, and studies relations both within and between Poor World and Rich World. Topics include colonialism and post-colonialism, processes of industrialization, food security, inequality, ethnicity and nationalism, aid, democratization, and conflict, as well as an introduction to theories of development.

3 12
plus TWO of the following: Minimum of 6 Minimum of 24
  • ECN 5200 Public Economics

    This is a course in theoretical and applied public economics using microeconomic theory. The course addresses the theoretical analysis of market failure, public finance, taxation and expenditure systems in modern economies and discusses philosophical issues of economic welfare.

4 16
  • INR 5103 Global Energy Politics

    Examines some of the contemporary geo-political, economic, technical, governance and environmental issue surrounding global energy issues. We look at supply and demand tensions, transit and pipeline issues, infrastructure problems, private companies and state monopolies, deregulation and markets, innovation policy, energy and development, international cooperation, environmental stress, energy poverty, and energy futures, as well as the impact of energy on the livelihoods of the urban and rural poor.

3 12
  • PLT 5103 Politics of Environmentalism

    Examines the political, economic, ideological, and social dilemmas associated with environmental issues. The first section of the course addresses the historical roots of environmentalism, its key concepts, and a range of key thinkers and paradigms for understanding environmentalism as an ideology. The second section of the course explores the role of key actors engaged in environmental policy making, and important issues in contemporary environmental politics. Topics addressed include environmental movements and parties, global environmental regimes, the impact of the media on environmental issues, and prospects for green technologies and employment.

3 12
  • PLT 6104 Sustainable Development

    This course introduces students to the process of development project evaluation, in the context of the theory and practice of sustainable development. The course enables students to focus on the political, social and economic complexity of managing a specific sustainable development in the developing world. Methods of evaluation are explored, decided upon and utilised in the production of a Project Evaluation Document (PED) for a sustainable development project of choice. Issues such as livelihoods, gender, environmental impact, measurement, participation and consultation processes are raised, though the context varies across urban/rural and blue-green-brown issues depending on the specific project chosen for evaluation.

4 16
Minor Requirements 18 72