Summer 2019 - GEOG 322W D100

World Resources (4)

Class Number: 2310

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 8, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    John Irwin
    Office: RCB 7128
    Office Hours: Th 9:30-10:30 AM
  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.



An analysis of the use and development of natural resources from a geographic, economic and institutional perspective. Students with credit for GEOG 322 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


The course covers the concepts and debates surrounding resource management and use, and introduces ecological economics and political ecology. The second section outlines institutional, political, and economic frameworks and processes in specific resource sectors and delves into their effects on both resource supply and ecological resiliency. The concluding section assesses ecological services and the prospects for achieving the sustainable use of natural resources. Emphasis is placed on the quality of the written work, given that this is a writing course.

Note: Two hours of lecture and two hours of tutorial each week. There will be NO tutorials in the first week of class.


  • 25% Tutorials, of which:
  • Participation 10%
  • Critical Review of Reading (1 presentation) 10%
  • Issue-Based Presentation 5%
  • Policy Analysis Brief 15%
  • Term Paper 30%
  • Final Exam 30%


Grading Scale:

A+  91-100%          
A    86-90%
A-   81-85%
B+  76-80%
B    71-75%
B-   66-70%
C+  61-65%
C    56-60%
C-   51-55%
D    46-50%
F/N  45% and Below 



Required: On-line readings; and etexts available on SFU library website: Natural Resources and Social Conflict: Towards Critical Environmental Security, Edited by Matthew A. Schnurr (Hampshire, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); and Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction, Paul Robbins (Chichester, UK; Malden, Mass.: J. Wiley & Sons, 2012).


Recommended: Making sense: a student's guide to research and writing: geography and environmental sciences, Northey et al., (Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Additional weekly readings will be accessed through ejournals from the library, or provided as handouts.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.