ENSC 801 Environmental Studies Methods
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; A. Goebel, P. Welbourn.
The PhD program in Environmental Studies provides graduate training in environmental studies, emphasizing advanced social, scientific and/or inter-, multi- or trans-disciplinary research on complex environmental issues and/or approaches to addressing these issues. The program fosters critical consideration of current discourses and concepts relating to environmental concerns and crises, for example, sustainability, sustainable development, environmental health, resilience, just transitions, etc.
The School of Environmental Studies occupies a suite of office and laboratory space in Queen’s Biosciences Complex. All regular faculty members have office space in the School Biosciences Complex, and graduate students are provided carrel space in one of three common offices that can accommodate 30+ students each. Proximity to faculty members permits a high degree of interaction. The space held by the School also includes two administrative offices, offices for post-doctoral fellows and Adjunct Faculty, eight laboratories and a school lounge. Ancillary space includes a cold room, two equipment bays, and storage facilities at the Queen’s University Biological Station. Some faculty members also hold specialized laboratory space in their home departments.
Not all courses are offered every year. With the exception of ENSC 898, 899 and 999 all courses are 3.0 credit units.
The programs offered conform to the Research masters pattern I (Thesis), and the Project pattern II (Course-based), the general requirements for which are indicated in the general regulations.
...overall combined average in ENSC 801 Environmental Studies Methods * and ENSC 802 Global Environmental Problems...