Spring 2024 - REM 660 G100

Special Topics in Natural Resources Management (5)

Class Number: 6104

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 9:30–11:20 a.m.



Special topics in areas not currently offered within the offerings of the resource and environmental management program.


REM 660: Environmental Science to Action
The theory and practice of different approaches and pathways by which environmental science and research can lead to positive change for people and nature.

This class aims to help connect the dots between environmental research and positive change for the environment and people. Through readings, dialogue with guest experts, participatory class discussions, and developing their own toolsets, students will gain perspective and skills in the diverse pathways by which research connects to society for positive change. This class is designed for graduate students that are interested, through their current research activities or their intended careers, in linking natural or social environmental science to its application for sustainability. Classes will include individual and group work sessions, lectures, student presentations, and remote and in-person guest presentations.


Students are expected to achieve the following learning objectives upon successful completion of the course:

  • Reflect critically on values and ethics in environmental science and its application.
  • Explain theories of change and diversity of roles and approaches.
  • Understand relevance of policies that organizations use to manage the environment.
  • Apply effective communication of science through various communication tools.
  • Apply collaborative skills to problem-solving.
  • Devise personal plans to address a current issue in environmental science.


  • Assignments 80%
  • Class Participation 20%



Readings will be based on historic and current articles and books. Papers will be available as pdfs online. There is no required textbook.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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.

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. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html