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Corporate Environmental and Social Sustainability

Certificate

Limitations

This certificate is available to students in a Business Major, Joint Major, Honours, or Joint Honours program and to students in a Bachelor of Environment program.

Students may complete either the certificate in Corporate 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).

A minimum grade point average of 2.00 calculated on all courses applied towards the certificate is required for graduation from a business certificate.

Program Requirements

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

Core Courses

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 Kathleen Burke
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Shafik Bhalloo
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D300 Thomas Culham
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D400 Thomas Culham
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D500 Kathleen Burke
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E100 Susan Christie-Bell
Mo 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
or REM 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. Philosophy Majors and Minors may not take this course for credit towards their major or minor degree. 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 ENV 320W or PHIL 328-3 may not enroll in this course for further credit. Writing.

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 Robert Adamson
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Robert Adamson
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D201 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D202 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D203 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D204 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D300 Shafik Bhalloo
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D301 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D302 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D303 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D304 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D400 James Pflanz
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D401 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D402 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D403 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D404 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E100 Robert Adamson
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E101 Mo 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E102 Mo 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E103 Mo 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E104 Mo 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
or REM 319 - Environmental and Planning Law (3)

Provides a practical introduction to the legal system governing the use and protection of the environment and planning and land use law 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 Environmental Law" in 2012 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for ENV 319 or PLAN 319 may not take this course for further credit.

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
D300 Arvind Saraswat
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D301 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D302 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D303 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D304 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D305 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D306 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D307 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D308 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D309 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D310 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 Andrew Perkins
TBD
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Susan Owen
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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 Scott Harrison
TBD
D101 Scott Harrison
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Scott Harrison
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Scott Harrison
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Scott Harrison
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Scott Harrison
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Scott Harrison
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Scott Harrison
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Scott Harrison
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Scott Harrison
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Scott Harrison
TBD
D111 Scott Harrison
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Yunzhijun Yu
Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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 planet' 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
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Timothy Ames
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D201 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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 Susan Todd
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 (BUS 381 or BUS 374); 60 units. Students who have taken BUS 457 cannot take this course for further credit.

*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 the following non-Business elective courses**

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 101 or ARCH 201.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bob Muir
TBD
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Svitlana Matviyenko
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
,
D103 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
,
D104 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
,
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 Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
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 Geoffrey Mann
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Kingsbury
TBD
D101 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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; MATH 152 or 155; all 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.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mark Jaccard
TBD
D101 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REM 356 - Environmental Policy (3)

Provides an overview of policy and governance approaches used to manage the natural environment at the international, national, provincial, regional, and local levels. Presents a basic set of evaluative questions that can be used to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of different approaches to regulate and manage the environment. 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 or REM 211; STAT 201 or STAT 203 or STAT 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent; and 60 units. Recommended: REM 225. 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 Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tammara Soma
TBD
D101 TBD
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tammara Soma
TBD
D101 TBD
D102 TBD
D103 TBD
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
OL01 Andreanne Doyon
TBD
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
OL01 Andreanne Doyon
TBD
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.