Courses & Workshops

Contemporary Issues in Environment


Course section topics:

  • FA1 (Nov, 39 hours): Climate Change

Climate change is a complex challenge currently facing the world’s social and ecological systems. This course offers an introduction to the theoretical and practical understanding of climate change issues; utilizing Canadian and international case studies. The course will examine historical climate records and assess related social, environmental and economic impacts, while also considering scientific forecasts. Review of the challenges, opportunities, and risks associated with large-sector-emitters including carbon dioxide via coal combustion and oil and natural gas operations, as well as methane contributions from agriculture sector will be provided. Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies within a transition to a low-carbon future will also be covered.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between the geological and climatic development of the Earth;
  • Explain how interactions among atmosphere, ocean, land, ecosystems, and lifeforms lead to climate changes over history;
  • Understand the major Canadian and global energy systems and their contribution to greenhouse gas emission; particularly the use of oil, coal, natural gas, renewable, and nuclear resources;
  • Understand the contributions of the agriculture and transportation industries within greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Evaluate and outline mitigation and adaptation strategies which minimize the impact of climate change on our ecosystems, society and economy; both globally and in Canada;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the federal and provincial Carbon Tax, and Albert Gas Reporting regulations;
  • Identify and evaluate the potential ecological, social, and economic impacts of climate change around the world, particularly in Canada, and the various responses being considered including those at the individual, corporate, and government levels. 

Course Hours

39 hours in total

Course Not Currently Offered

This course is not currently offered scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term. New course schedules are announced each May and October.