Fall 2019 - REM 356W D100

Institutional Arrangements for Sustainable Environmental Management (3)

Class Number: 1437

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    REM 100.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

This course provides an overview of some basic legislation, agencies, and policies which currently are in use to regulate the natural environment at the international, nation, provincial, regional, and local levels. Its purpose is to present a basic set of evaluative questions which can be used to address the effectiveness and efficiency of the environmental regulatory and management systems currently in use. Students with credit for REM 356 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

COURSE DETAILS:

Resource and environmental management is our attempt to address issues of the environment, the economy, and society. However, there is a range of perspectives on what management should entail and have as goals. In Canada, resource management has traditionally been the responsibility of the federal and provincial governments. Their actions and competency are increasingly influenced and challenged by community-based initiatives, by globalization, and by the demands of markets. Institutions such as law, the market, and science, and organizations such as regulatory agencies, Indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and corporations all play an important role in creating and mediating debates about how resources and the environment should be managed.

The first section of this course will review and evaluate the structures and practices of resource management in Canada. Beginning with the history, evolution, and governance of resource management. Followed by an examination of different policies, tools, and instruments used by governments and other actors. Next, the course investigates different perspective of resource management, including indigenous peoples’ perspectives and impacts, and more-than human approaches, amongst others. Lastly, the course will explore specific examples of resource management, such as fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, Indigenous peoples’ land-claims, endangered species, environmental impact assessment, and renewable energy. These examples will provide insight into the nature of institutional arrangements for resource and environmental management, as well as the challenges they face. By the end of the course students will have gained an understanding of the key institutions of resource and environmental management and how they relate to current resource and environmental management issues.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

By the end of the course students will have gained an understanding of the key institutions of resource and environmental management and how they relate to current resource and environmental management issues.

Grading

  • Tutorials 15%
  • Assignments 25%
  • Mid-term exam 25%
  • Final paper 35%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Required readings available online (Canvas), through the library, or will be emailed to students via the course email list. Students are not required to purchase a textbook.

RECOMMENDED READING:

Recommended readings available online (Canvas), through the library, or will be emailed to students via the course email list. Students are not required to purchase a textbook.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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