Areas of Concentration

Areas of Concentration

Environmental Politics, Justice and the Arts

This concentration focuses on the relationship between humans and the environment using literary texts, digital images, pop art and performances. You will study environmental inequalities such as class, race, and gender, explore the concept of social justice, and learn strategies for addressing them both locally and globally. Future career outcomes include environmental law, indigenous rights activist, and policy analyst.

Sample Courses

  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Environment and Health: Social and Political Dimensions
  • Social Movements, Activism and Social Change

Career Possibilities

  • Social Justice Commissioner
  • Policy Analyst
  • World Development Practitioner
  • Women’s Rights Advocate

Sample topics include:

  • environmental racism and justice movements
  • environmental ethics; digital art and the environment
  • environmental education
  • human-animal relations
  • environmental literature
  • indigenous sovereignty
  • human and gender rights
  • technology, science and politics
  • culture and global media
  • sustainable development
  • the political economy of international development
  • health equity; climate justice
  • sexuality and gender-based activism

Required courses:

  • ES/ENVS 2000 6.00
  • ES/ENVS 3010 3.00
  • three credits methods course chosen from the following:
    • ES/ENVS 2009 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 2122 3.00
  • any two from the following three courses:
    • ES/ENVS 3100 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3125 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3160 3.00
  • six credits at the 3000 level from the following list:
    • ES/ENVS 3000 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3120 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3122 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3140 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3150 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3151 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3170 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3303 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3310 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3320 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3400 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3450 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3340 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3410 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3510 3.00
  • eighteen credits at the 4000-level from the following list:
    • ES/ENVS 4000 6.00 (only for students in the Specialized Honours program)
    • ES/ENVS 4001 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4001 6.00
    • ES/ENVS 4002 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4011 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4100 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4120 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4122 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4140 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4161 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4215 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4220 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4223 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4310 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4420 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4421 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4440 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4510 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4750 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4800A 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4800A 6.00
    • ES/ENVS 4800D 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4810A 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4810B 3.00

Notes:

  • ES/ENVS 4001 3.00 or ES/ENVS 4001 6.00 and/or ES/ENVS 4002 3.00 are not automatically counted as Area of Concentration courses, students who take these courses must receive approval by petition from the Undergraduate Program Director.
  • ES/ENVS 3900 3.00 / ES/ENVS 3900 6.00, and/or ES/ENVS 4900 3.00 / ES/ENVS 4900 6.00 Directed Reading/Study Courses do not fulfill the Area of Concentration requirements, unless prior approval from the Undergraduate Program Director.
  • Not all courses will be offered in a given year; course offerings will vary from year to year.

Urban and Regional Environments

This concentration focuses on the relationships between people, buildings, cultures and all aspects of our environment. Using Toronto and surrounding urban area as your field lab, you will apply classroom theory to practical research on transportation, food systems, sustainable energy and other aspects of urban studies. Future career outcomes include urban planning, international development, and environmental educator.

Sample Courses

  • Regional Governance
  • Urbanization in Developing Countries
  • Planning Environmentally
  • Global Cities

Career Possibilities

  • Urban and Regional Consultant
  • Environmental Designer
  • Transportation Planning Analyst
  • Urban Planner

Sample topics include:

  • migration and settlement
  • urbanization and the urban process
  • environmental design/landscape design
  • urban sustainability
  • urban governance and regulation
  • global cities and global urbanization
  • urban social and environmental movements
  • urban and regional planning
  • healthy and sustainable community development
  • urban social relations (class, race, gender)
  • Native/Canadian relations

Required courses:

  • ES/ENVS 2200 6.00
  • three credits methods course chosen from the following:
    • ES/ENVS 2009 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 2122 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3010 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3227 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3740 3.00
  • six credits at the 3000 level from the following list:
    • ES/ENVS 3120 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3130 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3160 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3222 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3225 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3226 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3230 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3420 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3510 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3520 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3710 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3760 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3891 3.00
  • eighteen credits at the 4000 level from the following list:
    • ES/ENVS 4000 6.00 (only for students in the Specialized Honours program)
    • ES/ENVS 4001 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4001 6.00
    • ES/ENVS 4002 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4011 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4161 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4210 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4220 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4223 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4225 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4230 6.00
    • ES/ENVS 4421 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4440 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4442 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4510 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4520 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4750 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4800A 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4800D 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4800Q 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4810A 6.00

Notes:

  • ES/ENVS 4001 3.00 or ES/ENVS 4001 6.00 and/or ES/ENVS 4002 3.00 are not automatically counted as Area of Concentration courses, students who take these courses must receive approval by petition from the Undergraduate Program Director.
  • ES/ENVS 3900 3.00 / ES/ENVS 3900 6.00, and/or ES/ENVS 4900 3.00 / ES/ENVS 4900 6.00 Directed Reading/Study Courses do not fulfill the Area of Concentration requirements, unless prior approval from the Undergraduate Program Director.
  • Not all courses will be offered in a given year; course offerings will vary from year to year.

Environmental Management

This concentration explores the different perspectives of studying environmental challenges including the economic, the scientific, the political, the social and the legal. You will discover ways to address issues via conservation, natural resource management and policy approaches. Future career outcomes include resource management, corporate sustainability officer, and transportation.

Sample Courses

  • Climate Change: Science & Policy
  • Policies for Transition: Alternative Vehicles and
    Fuels in Canada
  • Ecological Economics

Career Possibilities

  • Environmental Policy Developer
  • Conservation Coordinator
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
  • Environmental Consultant

Sample topics include:

  • ecology and conservation
  • environmental assessment
  • resource management
  • environmental auditing
  • energy and the environment
  • environment and health

Required courses:

  • ES/ENVS 2009 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 2400 6.00
  • ES/ENVS 3010 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3401 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3402 3.00
  • six credits at the 3000 level from the following list:
    • ES/ENVS 3130 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3150 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3230 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3310 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3340 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3400 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3410 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3420 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3430 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3440 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3450 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3505 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3510 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3520 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3521 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3522 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 3760 3.00
  • eighteen credits at the 4000 level from the following list:
    • ES/ENVS 4000 6.00 (only for students in the Specialized Honours program)
    • ES/ENVS 4001 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4001 6.00
    • ES/ENVS 4002 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4011 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4041 6.00
    • ES/ENVS 4110 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4111 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4120 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4230 6.00
    • ES/ENVS 4310 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4400 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4401 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4402 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4410 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4421 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4430 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4440 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4442 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4445 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4446 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4447 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4510 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4520 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4521 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4522 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4523 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4800A 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4800D 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4810A 3.00
    • ES/ENVS 4810A 6.00

Notes:

  • ES/ENVS 4001 3.00 or ES/ENVS 4001 6.00 and/or ES/ENVS 4002 3.00 are not automatically counted as Area of Concentration courses, students who take these courses must receive approval by petition from the Undergraduate Program Director.
  • ES/ENVS 3900 3.00 / ES/ENVS 3900 6.00, and/or ES/ENVS 4900 3.00 / ES/ENVS 4900 6.00 Directed Reading/Study Courses do not fulfill the Area of Concentration requirements, unless prior approval from the Undergraduate Program Director.
  • Not all courses will be offered in a given year; course offerings will vary from year to year.