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Queen's University

ENSC 801* 
Methodological and Conceptual Basis for Environmental Studies 

Fall 2015 - Mondays 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Room: Biosciences 2111

Course Coordinators:


Louise Winn: Biosciences 3127


Graham Whitelaw: Biosciences 3126





The course will examine 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 which require integrated understandings of the inter-relations between social and natural systems. The course will promote methodological literacy beyond students’ 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.





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