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Corporate Environmental and Social Sustainability

Certificate

Limitations

Students may complete either the certificate in Environmental and Social Sustainability or the Sustainable Business joint major program, but not both the certificate and the joint major program.

Grade Requirements

In addition to normal university grade point average requirements, the Beedie School of Business requires a minimum 2.30 overall SFU Business course grade point average for entry into all 300 and 400 division business courses.

For a course to be accepted as fulfilling a prerequisite, or for a lower division requirement, or for a core course to be accepted in a student's program in business, a student must have obtained a minimum grade of C- (C minus).

Program Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 24 units by completing one of each pair*

BUS 303 - Business, Society and Ethics (3)

This course examines and reviews contemporary thinking on the changing role of business and business persons in the operations of society, particularly Canadian society. The course explores the changing legal, ethical and regulatory environments of business focusing on the critical alignments -- values, policies, technology and legal approaches -- between the modern organization and its broader public. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for BUS 103, COMM 103, or COMM 303 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shafik Bhalloo
Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8100, Burnaby
D200 Kathleen Burke
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2230, Burnaby
D300 Kathleen Burke
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SP 291, Surrey
D400
Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
D500
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4150, Burnaby
E100 Daniel Hooley
Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 2220, Burnaby
or ENV 320W - Ethics and the Environment (3)

An introduction to the field of environmental ethics for non-specialists. Addresses questions such as what obligations we have to future generations and the natural world, as well as the extent of these obligations. Prerequisite: Students must have earned at least 45 units. Students who have taken PHIL 333-3 or ENV 399-3 "Special Topics in Environmental Ethics" prior to or in 2011 and students with credit in PHIL 328-3 may not enroll in this course for further credit. Philosophy Majors and Minors may not take this course for credit towards their major or minor degree. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
BUS 393 - Commercial Law (3)

Common law, equity, and statute law; contracts, agency, and negotiable instruments; partnership and corporation law; international commercial law. Prerequisite: 45 units. BUEC 391 is not to be taken concurrently with BUS 393. Students with credit for COMM 393 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shafik Bhalloo
Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D101
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D102
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D103
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D104
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D200 Robin Elliott
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D201
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D202
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D203
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D204
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D300 Robin Elliott
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D301
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D302
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D304
Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D400 James Pflanz
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 5140, Surrey
D401
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
D402
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 5320, Surrey
D403
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
D404
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 5320, Surrey
D500 Shafik Bhalloo
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
D501
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D502
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D503
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D504
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
or REM 319 - Environmental Law (3)

Provides a practical introduction to the legal system governing the use and protection of the environment in Canada. A central theme is the difference between the law on paper and the law in practice. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students who have taken ENV 399-3 "Special Topics in Enviromental Law" in 2012 may not enroll in this course for further credit. Students with credit for ENV 319 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E200 Sessional
Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 2245, Vancouver
EVSC 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science (3)

Introduces students to the study of environmental science. Lecture material spans contributing disciplines, emphasizing integration of diverse concepts to understand environmental problems. Tutorials develop core academic skills in environmental science context. Students who have completed EVSC 200 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marnie Branfireun
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5240, Surrey
D101 Marnie Branfireun
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D102 Marnie Branfireun
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D103 Marnie Branfireun
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D104
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D300 Tara Holland
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D301
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D302
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D304
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D305 Marnie Branfireun
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D306
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D307
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D308
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
or GEOG 111 - Earth Systems (3)

An introduction to landforms, climates, soils and vegetation; their origins, distributions, interrelationships and roles in the ecosystem. Laboratory work and field trips are included. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tara Holland
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
,
D103
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D104
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D105
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D106
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D108
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D109
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SECB 1011, Burnaby

and one of

GEOG 100 - Our World: Introducing Human Geography (3)

A geographical introduction to how humans shape our world, with attention also given to how it shapes us. Themes may include: culture, economic activities, environmental change, globalization, politics, population, resources, and urbanization. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D200
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 3090, Surrey
GEOG 102 - World Problems in Geographic Perspective (3)

Current world-scale problems are examined in their regional and global contexts, with emphasis being placed on the importance of dynamics of the natural environment in human affairs. Breadth-Social Sciences.

REM 100 - Global Change (3)

This course provides students with an overview of global environmental change and its causes from a social science perspective, historically and at the present time. Population growth, an increasing ecological footprint and changes in ideology, social organization, economy and technology will be critically reviewed. New ways of thinking in natural and social science will be considered in relation to specific issues such as land, soil and food; energy, raw materials and solid waste; air pollution and transportation; water, oceans and fisheries; climate change; forestry and biodiversity; urbanization, and alternative futures. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Pascal Haegeli
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D102
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D103
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D104
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D105
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D106
Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D107
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D108
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D109
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D110
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby

and two of*

BUS 449 - Ethical Issues in Marketing (3)

A critical examination of topics such as consumerism, marketing ethics, and social responsibility, efficiency of marketing or ecological marketing. The particular emphasis may vary depending on the interests of the class and instructor. Prerequisite: BUS 343, 360W; 60 units.

BUS 453 - Sustainable Innovation (3)

Challenges associated with continuing innovation are examined and students work to generate innovative solutions by challenging existing economic models. Students learn about sustainable opportunity, recognition, and screening, and understand how great ideas to 'save the plant' can get off the ground. Prerequisite: BUS 360W (or another upper division Writing (W) course); 60units. Recommended: BUS 338. Students with credit for BUS 494 when offered as Sustainable Innovation may not complete this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Timothy Ames
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 5100, Surrey
BUS 475 - Sustainable Operations (3)

Examines key challenges and opportunities organizations face in integrating sustainable business practices within corporate strategy. Identifies organizational capabilities needed to support existing sustainable commitments and strategies to allow for innovation. Prerequisite: BUS 360W; 60 units. Students with credit for BUS 49X Selected Topics (Sustainable Operations) may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2210, Burnaby
BUS 489 - Management Practices for Sustainability (3)

Businesses are realigning and in some cases, reinventing their organizations toward more sustainable business models. Management systems and initiatives will be examined that enable organizations to reduce their firms' negative environmental and social impacts while, in many cases, increasing profits and competitive advantage. Prerequisite: BUS 360W and 374; 60 units. Students who have taken BUS 457 cannot take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Susan Todd
Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby

*Registration in upper division Business Administration courses required for this certificate are open only to approved BBA students or Faculty of Environment students who are enrolled in this certificate.

and a minimum of two of**

ARCH 386 - Archaeological Resource Management (3)

Surveys the origins, implementations, and need for archaeological heritage legislation on an international and national scale. Topical issues associated with contract archaeology, public archaeology, native heritage, and avocational societies are incorporated. Prerequisite: ARCH 201.

CMNS 349 - Environment, Media and Communication (4)

An examination of how media, culture and communication shape public opinion and behaviour about environmental issues such as global warming, (un)sustainable resource use and pollution, with special attention to the impact of practices such as advertising, public relations, science and risk communication, journalism and advocacy communication upon public discourse about the environment, and the role of dialogue and deliberation in mediating and resolving conflict over environmental issues. Prerequisite: 45 units, including at least one upper division course in CMNS, DIAL, EVSC, GEOG or BlSC.

ENSC 412 - Technologies, Cultures and a Sustainable World (3)

Technology issues relevant to global sustainable development are considered from engineering, historical and anthropological perspectives. Topics include hydroelectric dams, alternative power generation systems, and the science of climate change. In-depth case studies emphasize interdisciplinary exploration of these themes. Students wishing B-Soc credit should take ENV 412. Prerequisite: Minimum 60 credit hours. Students may take only one of ENSC 412 and ENV 412 for credit. Breadth-Science.

or ENV 412 - Technologies, Cultures and a Sustainable World (3)

Technology issues relevant to global sustainable development are considered from engineering, historical and anthropological perspectives. Topics include hydroelectric dams, alternative power generation systems, and the science of climate change. In-depth case studies emphasize interdisciplinary exploration of these themes. Students wishing B-Sci credit should take ENSC 412. Prerequisite: Minimum 60 credit hours. Students may take only one of ENSC 412 and ENV 412 for credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

GEOG 221 - Economic Worlds (3)

The fundamentals of economics geography, the study of the forces that shape the arrangement of economic activity in the real world. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Rosemary-Claire Collard
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D102
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D103
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
GEOG 321 - Geographies of Global Capitalism (4)

Examines the historical development, spatial organization, and social impact of market function, firm structure and operation, economic policy, and regulation and deregulation at various scales from local to global, from a geographical perspective. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 8100, Burnaby
D101
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D103
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
GEOG 322 - World Resources (4)

An analysis of the use and development of natural resources from a geographic, economic and institutional perspective. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100. Students with credit for GEOG 322W may not take this course for further credit.

or GEOG 322W - World Resources (4)

An analysis of the use and development of natural resources from a geographic, economic and institutional perspective. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100. Students with credit for GEOG 322 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

GEOG 323 - Industrial Location (4)

An examination of the factors affecting industrial location and the geographic organization of production systems within and among firms from the perspectives of national, regional and urban development. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

GEOG 325 - Geographies of Consumption (4)

Spaces, places, landscapes, and scales of consumption emphasizing commodity cultures, marketing, retail, ideology, subjectivity, objects, technology, and tourism. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

PHYS 346 - Energy and the Environment (3)

The physical principles and limitations of renewable energy source utilization and energy conversion. A quantitative introduction to energy conversion and storage systems, including solar power and heating; wind, tidal, geothermal, hydroelectric and nuclear power, hydrogen technology, electrical and mechanical energy storage. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or 121; PHYS 102 or 121 or 126 or 141; and MATH 155 or 152, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

POL 452W - Energy Policy (4)

Examines the politics and policies of energy, including historical and technical perspectives. Topics include alternative energy, climate change, regulatory policy, and the economics of energy, as well as practical case studies. Students who have completed POL 459 in 2009 and 2010 may not complete this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Anil Hira
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
REM 350 - Sustainable Energy and Materials Management (4)

Takes an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable management of society's energy and materials flows. Topics range from thermodynamics and estimates of global resources to market-based policies and governance Institutions. Peak oil, renewable energy and carbon capture and storage are also discussed. The role for green consumerism in light of climate challenge are highlighted. Prerequisite: 45 units.

REM 356 - Institutional Arrangements for Sustainable Environmental Management (3)

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. Prerequisite: REM 100. Students with credit for REM 356W may not take this course for further credit.

REM 412 - Environmental Modeling (4)

Students receive hands-on experience in the construction and analysis of computer simulation models of environmental and ecological systems and problems. Prerequisite: REM 100 or EVSC 100; BISC 204 or GEOG 215; STAT 201 or 203 or 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent; and 60 units. Quantitative.

SD 281 - Sustainable Communities, Sustainable World (3)

Introduces the challenges and opportunities for developing sustainable communities and a sustainable world, through the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Builds an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of conventional approaches to development and of sustainable development. Emphasis on urban areas in the Global North and Global South. Prerequisite: 30 units. Students with credit for SCD 201 or REM 201 or REM 281 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
or REM 281 - Sustainable Communities, Sustainable World (3)

Introduces the challenges and opportunities for developing sustainable communities and a sustainable world, through the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Builds an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of conventional approaches to development and of sustainable development. Emphasis on urban areas in the Global North and Global South. Prerequisite: 30 units. Students with credit for SCD 201 or REM 201 or SD 281 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

SD 381 - Building Sustainable Communities: Concepts and Cases (4)

Engages students in understanding how to plan and cultivate sustainability at the community and city level, taking into consideration the environmental, economic, and social aspects of development. Explores and analyzes policy instruments, planning tools, and strategies from around the world for engaging people and institutions in building sustainable communities. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 units or admission to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Development. Students with credit for SCD 301 or REM 301 or REM 381 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
or REM 381 - Building Sustainable Communities: Concepts and Cases (4)

Engages students in how to plan and cultivate sustainability at the community and city level, taking into consideration the environmental, economic, and social aspects of development. Explores and analyzes policy instruments, planning tools, and strategies from around the world for engaging people and institutions in building sustainable communities. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for SCD 301 or REM 301 or SD 381 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
SD 401 - Sustainable Development Goals Studio (4)

Engages students in creating innovative solutions to real-world challenges of sustainability and development, using studio-based approaches. Explores the Sustainable Development Goals as a mechanism for effective governance in the context of Global North-South relations, and develops policies and strategies for implementing the Goals at local and global scales. Prerequisite: 60 units or admission to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Development. Recommended: SD 281 or equivalent. Students with credit for DEVS 401 may not take this course for further credit.

**Substitutions with appropriate course content may be possible with permission from the Beedie School of Business.

and completion of a minimum of one of the following approved experiential or service learning components

  • co-operative education work term focused on areas related to corporate environmental and social sustainability
  • 25 hours minimum of voluntary or salaried work within a social enterprise, charitable organization, company, corporation, or non-profit organization in a role related to corporate environmental and social sustainability
  • 25 hours minimum as a research assistant for a professor focusing on areas related to corporate environmental and social sustainability
  • 25 hours minimum in other Business Faculty-approved activity areas related to corporate environmental and social sustainability

Before beginning this requirement, it is recommended that students seek prior approval from the Beedie School of Business' Academic Director - Business Major by submitting a detailed outline of their activity.

Upon completion of the experiential component, students will submit to the Academic Director - Business Major:

  • a description (written by either the student or the organization) of the organization and the student's role in the organization, signed and validated by the employer/supervisor
  • a reflective 500 word essay about the student's work/volunteer experience that identifies key corporate environmental and social sustainability experiences and how that influenced their current thinking about the implications of business practice on society and the environment. The essay will be graded pass/fail.