Each year the ESRC offers graduate level courses to students in the SSAS program, and students in other graduate programs at Brock. Please note that not all courses are offered every year. For a full list of current graduate course offerings, visit the Brock Graduate Registration Guide.

SSAS Core Courses

SSAS 5P01 – Foundations of Sustainability Science and Society

This course provides students with an overview of the concepts of sustainability by exploring the interactions between natural and social systems and how those interactions affect how societies can meet their current and future needs while protecting the environment. It is expected that the concepts behind specific global actions will be examined through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve concept. The course will include not only lectures but also discussion panels and debates.

SSAS 5P02 – Methods for Environmental Inquiry

Students are introduced to the current research methods, concepts, and forms of inquiry used by transdisciplinary researchers interested in environmental sustainability. The aim is to expose students to the different ways that issues related to sustainability and the environment are framed, examined, and discussed using qualitative and quantitative tools.

SSAS 5P03 – Problem Solving in the Environment

This course exposes students to contemporary applied approaches to address sustainability issues across a range of spatial and temporal scales. Students consider case studies, gain project management competencies, and engage in experiential problem solving.

SSAS 5P04 – Transdisciplinary Seminar

The aim of this transdisciplinary seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to present their research to peers, academics and professionals. Students will actively share results of their research, participate in scholarly exchanges with visiting and guest academics and engage with professionals within the sustainability field.

SSAS Elective Courses

Elective courses are chosen from: those offered by ESRC and a maximum of one half-credit from a graduate course in another program. Please note a maximum of one-half credit course at the undergraduate level (above 3P90 with appropriate revision for graduate credit). SSAS elective courses will be rotated, with at least two being offered by ESRC annually.

SSAS 5P11 – Water Resource Economics, Management, and Governance

Students investigate the values associated with water resources, its management, and associated decision-making processes. International and Canadian case studies are used to explore concepts such as total economic valuation, integrated water resource management, water vulnerability, and adaptive water governance.

SSAS 5P12 – Climate Change Adaptation and Transformation

Climate change represents a complex issue that affects natural and managed ecosystems from the global to the local. This course introduces students to the various aspects of climate change from multiple perspectives including but not limited to climate change scenarios and projections, mitigation and adaptation, the concept of resilience in climate change and the steps towards transformations. The topics will integrate concepts from biology, climatology, sociology, economics, and political science.

SSAS 5P13 – Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Management

This course examines the drivers and consequences of global changes on the ecology of species at a range of spatial scales and introduces the utilization of geospatial statistics (e.g., GIS and RS) analysis. Topics covered include spatial ecology, disturbance ecology, conservation, public policy and health.

SSAS/BIOL 5P22 – Current Topics in Conservation Ecology and Biodiversity

This course aims to explore and discuss current trends in this field using an interdisciplinary approach. Topics may include concepts related to conservation strategies, impacts of conservation efforts on ecosystems, communities or species populations, biodiversity assessment, invasive species, balance of conserving biodiversity versus ecosystem services, and issues related to policy, management, economic and social concerns.

SSAS/POLI 5P66 – Politics and the Environment

Examines the various linkages between politics and environmental outcomes. Political factors examined include democracy, federalism, bureaucracy, and the policy process.

SSAS 5P80 – Directed Study

Specialised study in sustainability science on an individual basis, under the direction of an ESRC faculty member. These courses are used in special circumstances to examine a significant topic in their area of concentration.

SSAS 5V80-5V89 – Selected Topics in Sustainability Science and Society

A topic in sustainability science and society.

SSAS Co-op Courses

SSAS 5N90 – Co-op Training and Development

An in-depth series of workshops and interactions to prepare learners for co-op placements and career development. Topics include résumé writing, interview skills, diversity in the workplace, and the job posting process.

SSAS 5N01 – Work Placement I

A four month work term placement that provides a unique learning experience directly related to the student’s chosen area of concentration. Students will work with an organisation (public or private sector) and placements will be organised through the Co-op Programs Office at Brock University.

SSAS Research Project Courses

SSAS 5F90 – Thesis

An in-depth research project involving the preparation and defense of a thesis which demonstrates capacity for sustained independent work and original research in sustainability science and society.

SSAS 5F91 – Major Research Paper

A substantive inquiry in sustainability science and society which demonstrates capacity for independent research and critical thinking.