The EAS 429 Northwest Territories Geology field school provides advanced Geology students with an excellent opportunity to hone the field skills learned in the second and third year field schools by applying them in a real-world, far-north setting. In this field school, a select group of 6 students map alongside EAS professors and Northwest Territories Geological Survey geologists in an understudied area of the NWT. The field school is held at different remote field sites within a ~250 km radius of Yellowknife. Travel to the field area is typically by float plane, with transport within the field area by boat or on foot. Students participating in the NWT field school learn not only geological skills but also gain valuable wilderness experience that will be of great benefit in future careers in exploration geoscience. The course is offered before the fall term begins.
The HGP 499 Human Geography and Planning field school engages students in activities including site visits, walking tours and meetings with professionals. Students apply their course-based knowledge and skills to specific environments, collect and analyse original data as members of small teams, and undertake projects with tight deadlines and report findings in a professional manner in various formats. Themes examined in recent years include downtown redevelopment; hazard mitigation and emergency response; nature in the city; planning for agricultural areas; and urban history. In 2018-19, HGP 499 took place in Curitiba, Brazil. The students spent a rewarding two weeks exploring themes such as land use and urban mobility, informal settlements, city-region context, and migration. Local lectures and field trips included meetings with state and municipal officials, university faculty members and students, and activists and advocates from the non-government sector. The course is offered at the end of the winter term and is required for students in the Human Geography Honors Program.