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Faculty of Education Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Environmental Education

Post Baccalaureate Diploma

This program will interest practicing teachers who want to assist students to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the broadly defined environment. The program encompasses aspects of environment education. Through selected course work, environmental issues are explored using a multidisciplinary approach and historical and contemporary issues in human-environment interaction as related to diverse curricula.

Program Requirements

Successful completion, within five years, of an approved program comprised of 30 units of upper division or graduate work and any necessary prerequisites is required. A minimum of 15 of the 30 units must be earned in education and/or educational professional courses and a maximum of 12 may be transfer units.

Courses completed within 10 years of starting the post baccalaureate diploma (PBD) may, with permission, be considered as part of the requirements for this diploma.

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA on courses used for the diploma.

Courses completed during the EDUC 404 term may not be used toward a post baccalaureate diploma.

Students complete 30 units as specified below including all of

EDUC 452 - Environmental Education (8)

Examines the educational problems entailed in developing human awareness and understanding of the environment. Explores environmental issues through a multi-disciplinary approach and relates historical and contemporary problems in human-environment interactions to school curricula from the elementary to the secondary level. Includes a laboratory component. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. A $147.86 field activity fee will be levied in this course. Normally offered in summer session only. Prerequisite: EDUC 401W/402W or corequisite EDUC 403. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check. Students with credit for EDUC 454 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

EDUC 493 - Directed Studies in Environmental Education (4)

A multidisciplinary approach for educators in formal and informal settings with an interest in learning more about environmental issues. Students will consider multiple perspectives on the goals, values and interdisciplinary nature of environmental education, review locally available curricular materials and obtain a grounding in appropriate models for learning and teaching environmental topics. Prerequisite: 60 units and a CGPA of 3.0, EDUC 452, consent of supervising faculty member, and approval of the director of undergraduate programs. Applications are available in the undergraduate programs office.

and one of

EDUC 414 - Designs for Learning: Secondary Social Studies (4)

Focuses on teaching secondary school social studies and addresses aspects of the theory and practice of social studies education. Students examine their own thinking about social studies education through critical reflection, work with the prescribed curriculum, and explore various ways to develop engaging learning experiences for young adults within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 416 - Designs for Learning: Secondary Science (4)

Focuses on teaching secondary school science. Students explore the sciences and aspects of learning science; examine their own scientific thinking; work with the prescribed curriculum; and plan science learning experiences within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 474 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Social Studies (4)

Focuses on teaching elementary school social studies and addresses aspects of the theory and practice of social studies education.Students examine their own thinking about social studies education through critical reflection, work with the prescribed curriculum, and explore various ways to develop engaging learning experiences for children within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 476 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Science (4)

Focuses on teaching elementary school science. Students explore science, aspects of learning science, and their own scientific thinking; work with the prescribed curriculum; and plan science learning experiences within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

and two of

EDUC 311 - Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language, and Culture (3)

An introduction to Aboriginal education in Canada and BC. There will be a critical examination of historical and contemporary issues in education and an exploration of culturally based Aboriginal education grounded in Aboriginal philosophies. Prerequisite: 60 units. Breadth-Humanities.

EDUC 433 - Philosophical Issues in Curriculum (4)

Examines fundamental philosophical issues involved in designing, evaluating, or changing educational curricula. Such issues as the nature and justification of educational curriculum, the components of a rational curriculum, the nature of knowledge and its differentiation, curriculum integration and the education of the emotions. Also deals with such current issues as the place of behavioral objectives in education, the hidden curriculum and the sociology of knowledge. Prerequisite: 60 units including six units in EDUC courses or EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 437 - Ethical Issues in Education (4)

Ethical problems in education are identified and examined. Four major areas of concern are explored: 1. the normative character of education as a whole; 2. the justification of education; 3. ethical questions related to equality, autonomy, interpersonal relationships, and rights in education; 4. moral education and values education. Prerequisite: 60 units including 3 units in Education.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
EDUC 441 - Multicultural and Anti-racist Education (4)

Focuses on developing approaches for multicultural and anti-racist teaching. Topics include: diversity of race, language and culture among learners; identifying the operation of racism, prejudice and discrimination in classrooms and schools; becoming familiar with a variety of approaches such as: co-operative learning, culturally appropriate assessment, and community involvement to counteract and prevent negative classroom and school dynamics; identifying bias in curriculum resources; and locating entry points in selected curriculum areas (e.g. language arts, social studies, art, music, etc.) for integrating approaches which employ a range of multicultural/anti-racist curriculum resources. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students with credit for EDUC 382: Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices may not take this course for further credit.

EDUC 471 - Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Explorations of curriculum theory and processes of development with applications at different levels and in several subject areas. Prerequisite: 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education
D100 Yaroslav Senyshyn
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
D200 Michele Schmidt
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby

and for applicants with an academic background in the humanities/social sciences, a minimum of six upper division units of

GEOG 449 - City and Environment (4)

The city as human-natural system; its processes and interactions in urban environmental policy and practice; with attention to historical and theoretical context. Prerequisite: 60 units, or enrolment in a Sustainable Community Development program; and one of GEOG 362, 363, or SCD 301.

REM 311 - Applied Ecology and Sustainable Environments (3)

Students will learn to apply the ecological concepts introduced in prereq courses to applied ecological problems at the population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization. Emphasis will be placed on processes which drive ecological dynamics, on recognizing those processes and dynamics in applied contexts, and on interpreting ecological data. Prerequisite: REM 100 or EVSC 100; BISC 204 or GEOG 215; STAT 101 or GEOG 251 or STAT 201 or equivalent. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Scott Harrison
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D102
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D103
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
REM 412 - Environmental Modeling (3)

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 101 or 201 or 203 or 270 or equivalent; 60 units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Steve Conrad
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
D102
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
D103
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
REM 445 - Environmental Risk Assessment (3)

Students receive theory and practical experience in the control and management of hazardous substances in the environment. This includes the application of techniques used to assess toxicological, ecological and human health risks of contaminants within the current regulatory framework. Prerequisite: MATH 151 or 154 or 157; STAT 101 or 103 or 201 or 301 or GEOG 251.

and for applicants with an academic background in the sciences/applied sciences, a minimum of six upper division units of

ECON 460 - Seminar in Environmental Economics (3)

Focus will vary from term to term. Prerequisite: ECON 302. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Hendrik Wolff
Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
GEOG 315 - World Ecosystems (4)

Distribution, structure, function, and dynamics of the world's major biomes. Attention to comparative aspects among terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and to environmental problems associated with the biomes. Prerequisite: GEOG 215 or BISC 204.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Lance Lesack
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101
We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D102
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D103
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
GEOG 316 - Global Biogeochemical and Water Cycles (4)

Introduction to the cycling of essential chemical elements through ecosystems. Interactions among biological, hydrological, and geological controls on the structure and function of ecosystems and the spatial-temporal scales of elemental cycling are emphasized. Environmental problems resulting from disturbance to natural equilibria in the elemental cycles are examined. Prerequisite: GEOG 215 or BISC 204 or permission of the instructor. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Lance Lesack
We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D101
Fr 10:30 AM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D102
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D103
Mo 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
GEOG 385 - Agriculture and the Environment (4)

An examination of the relationship between agricultural production systems and the biophysical environment, with emphasis on the origins of, and potential solutions to, agri-environmental degradation. Prerequisite: GEOG 221.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Christiana Miewald
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
D101
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
D102
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D103
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 2235, Vancouver
GEOG 389W - Nature and Society (4)

Examines the relationship between nature and society, covering the dominant geographical approaches to human-environment interaction, and their social, spatial, and political economic effects. Prerequisite: GEOG 221 or GEOG 241 (Students who received credit for EVSC 200 before 2011 may use it to meet the prerequisite requirement for this course). Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Pierce
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4150, Burnaby
D101
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D103
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
GEOG 449 - City and Environment (4)

The city as human-natural system; its processes and interactions in urban environmental policy and practice; with attention to historical and theoretical context. Prerequisite: 60 units, or enrolment in a Sustainable Community Development program; and one of GEOG 362, 363, or SCD 301.

HIST 432 - Problems in Environmental History (4)

An investigation into the major themes and arguments in the environmental histories of North America, emphasizing how different individuals and groups have used, perceived, and managed their environments over time. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 432 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history. Students with credit for GEOG 432 may take HIST 432 for credit only when a different topic is taught.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Christina Adcock
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
SA 326 - Ecology and Social Thought (S) (4)

An examination of recent social thought that is concerned with environmental and ecological themes. It will address a selection from the following themes: technology evaluation; technology and science as ideology; ecology and social inequality; the concepts of ecosystem, environment and wilderness; the self-world relationship; politics of environmental uses; environment and the economy. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 371 - The Environment and Society (SA) (4)

An examination of environmental issues in their social context. Environmental issues are on the leading edge of contemporary public concern and public policy debates. This course will examine such issues as the relationship between social organization and mode of subsistence, the politics of hunger, and the way in which human societies in their particular social, historical, and cultural contexts view and interact with the natural world. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Scott
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2945, Vancouver

Additional courses consistent with the aims of the post baccalaureate diploma (PBD) may be substituted for courses in the above list with permission from the Undergraduate Programs office. Students are responsible for prerequisites and other permissions needed to gain entry to courses listed above. Departments sometimes give course enrolment priority to their own students. Because this will reduce access to others, PBD students should consult with faculty and departmental advisors when planning their program.