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Graduate Courses

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 Master's of Environmental Studies (MES)

At present, MES students are required to take two core courses in the School of Environmental Studies:

ENSC 801* Methodological and Conceptual Basis for Environmental Studies

ENSC 802* Global Environmental Problems: Issues in Sustainability

Electives may be chosen from among graduate courses available in any department on campus, subject to the permission of the instructor. In addition, MES candidates may register for one 4th-year course, provided the instructor is prepared to upgrade the course on an individual basis to a graduate course.

Master's of Environmental Studies Courses

See below for a list of courses that are offered specifically to our Master's of Environmental Studies (MES) students. What courses have past MES students taken? Go to the COURSE LISTpage for a more comprehensive list of courses.

Course Code Course Name & Description
ENSC 801


The course examines methodological and conceptual issues arising from Environmental Studies position as an inter-, multi- and/or trans-disciplinary practice. It will focus on the inherent difficulties in overcoming disciplinary fragmentation in approaches to studying complex issues in environmental sustainability that require integrated understandings of the inter-relations between social and natural systems. The course will promote methodological literacy beyond student's own area of expertise, develop critical and reflexive thinking about how environmental studies might approach issues of sustainability, and encourage and facilitate communication across disciplinary paradigms. The course precedes and compliments ENSC 802, familiarizing students with the historical origins, philosophical underpinnings and practical deployment of key approaches within the social and natural sciences and humanities. Three term-hours; Fall. H. Jamieson, M. Smith

Permission of Instructor Required

Registration by Academic Change Form

Offered Fall 2013 8:30 am to 11:30 am Fridays Rm 319 Jeffrey Hall

ENSC 802


This course focuses on real-world environmental problems analyzing their social, ethical, and biogeochemical origins, economic ramifications, and institutional frameworks for their mitigation and resolution in the context of environmental sustainability. This course would logically follow or run concurrently with ENSC 801*, and will deepen and continue the themes through consideration of the intellectual history of theories and concepts relevant to environmental studies, with a focus on the concepts of "sustainability" and "sustainable development". Three term-hours; Winter. S. Brown, M. Hird.

Permission of Instructor Required

Registration by Academic Change Form

Offered Winter 2014 8:30 am to 11:30 am Tuesdays Rm A416 MC

ENSC 816


The course will compare and contrast the behaviour of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic compounds, such as methyl mercury and chlorinated aromatic compounds, with the behaviour of less persistent chemicals such as petroleum hydrocarbons and modern pesticides. Subjects of interest may include sediment diagenesis, long-range transport, methylation processes, and interactions between biomagnification and ecosystem structure and productivity. Three term hours; Last offered Winter 2009; Not offered 2013-14.

ENSC 840


This course provides an opportunity for students to independently study a selected topic under the supervision of one of more faculty members. For detailed information, consult course coordinator. Three term-hours; Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer. Course coordinator: H. Jamieson.

Course Instructor to provide written details of independent study.

Permission of Coordinator Required

Registration by Academic Change Form

Offered Fall, Winter, Spring 2013-14


Special Offering - Winter 2014 - Food Security

ENSC 897


This half-credit course spans several semesters and requires students to attend a minimum of 30 seminars, chosen from among those offered by the School of Environmental Studies (at least 18) and other units in any faculty at Queen's.  Submission of the seminar evaluation form is required as proof of attendance. Within the School's annual seminar series, they must also recruit and host one seminar speaker and present one seminar on their own project.
Total contact hours: 30 h, up to 4-5 semesters


Prerequisites: Admission to MES program.

Course coordinator: B. Cumming

Registration by Academic Change Form

Offered Fall, Winter, Spring 2013-14

ENSC 898

MASTER'S PROJECT (Course-based)

ENSC 899



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