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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)

Examines the context of business in society and the paradigms, frameworks, and theories that shape how we think about business ethics and make ethical decisions. Incorporates recent cross-disciplinary research in the development of reflective practice, moral literacy, and decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, ambiguity, complexity, and diverse competing interests. 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 Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2230, Burnaby
D200 We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2740, Surrey
D300 Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D400 We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
D500 We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
E100 We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
or REM 320W - Ethics and the Environment (3)

An introduction to the field of environmental ethics. Addresses questions such as what obligations we have to future generations and the natural world, as well as the extent of these obligations. Prerequisite: 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 Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
D101 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D102 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D103 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D104 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D200 Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
D201 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D202 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D203 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D204 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D300 Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
D301 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D302 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D303 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D304 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D400 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 5280, Surrey
D401 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 5100, Surrey
D402 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 5320, Surrey
D403 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 5100, Surrey
D404 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 5320, Surrey
E100 Mo 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
E101 Mo 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
E102 Mo 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
E103 Mo 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
E104 Mo 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
TASC2 7201, 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
B100 Chelsea Little
TBD
B101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
B102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
B103 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
B104 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
B105 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
B106 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
B107 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
B108 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
B109 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
B110 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3513, 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
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D104 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D105 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D106 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D107 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D108 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D109 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D110 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D111 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D112 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7110, Burnaby
D113 Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
D114 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7110, 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
OL01 Leanne Roderick
TBD
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 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D102 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D103 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D104 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D105 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D106 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D108 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D109 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D110 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
OL01 Distance Education

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, both with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2503, 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) with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. 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 Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 5080, 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 with a minimum grade of C-; 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 Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3250, 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), all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Students who have taken BUS 457 cannot take this course for further credit.

*Enrollment 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.

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, ENV, EVSC, GEOG or BlSC, with a minimum grade of C-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D103 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D105 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
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. Prerequisite: Minimum 60 units. Students may take only one of SD 412, ENSC 412 or ENV 412 for credit. Breadth-Science.

or SD 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. Prerequisite: Minimum 60 units. Students may take only one of SD 412, ENSC 412 or ENV 412 for credit. Breadth-Science.

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
OL01 Leanne Roderick
TBD
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.

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; 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Anil Hira
Mo 10:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
REM 350 - Energy Management for a Sustainable Climate and Society (4)

An interdisciplinary approach to transforming energy systems in pursuit of sustainable climate and society. Perspectives include thermodynamics, resource potentials, technological potentials, economic evaluation, implementation of transformative public policies, political-economy assessment of policy constraints, national and sub-national governance options, behavioural change potentials, global diplomacy, and pursuit of greater equity within and between countries. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3310, Surrey
SRYC 3310, Surrey
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 3240, Surrey
D102 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 3240, Surrey
D103 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 3240, Surrey
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3240, Surrey
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 - Introduction to Sustainability (3)

Introduces the challenges and opportunities for developing sustainable communities and a sustainable world, through the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and alternative perspectives around sustainability (e.g. Indigenous, just sustainabilities etc.). Students will also learn from the practical experience of diverse experts and sustainability professionals. Conventional approaches to sustainable development will be critiqued to ensure considerations for equity and social justice. Highlights will be showcased from the Global North and Global South. Students with credit for SCD 201 or REM 201 or REM 281 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

SD 381 - Building Sustainable Communities (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: One of PLAN 100, PLAN 200, REM 100, or SD 281; and 45 units. Students with credit for SCD 301 or REM 301 or REM 381 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
OL01 Distance Education
SD 401 - Sustainable Development Studio (4)

Engages students in creating innovative solutions to real-world challenges of sustainability and development, using studio-based approaches. Explores mechanisms for effective social and environmental change and develops policies and strategies for implementing sustainability in different locations and at different scales. Prerequisite: SD 281; one of SD 381 or SD 481; and 75 units.

**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.