Course subject: Sustainability Management (SUSM)

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Sustainability Management (SUSM) 601 Foundations for Sustainability Management (0.25) LEC

Course ID: 014470
In this course the scientific foundations and fundamentals for sustainability management will be introduced. Basic theoretical, ethical, scientific, and technical foundations of sustainable development will be taught in addition to technical knowledge like statistical literacy and basic environmental knowledge.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 602 Theories and Concepts of Sustainability Management (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 014471
In this course theories and concepts such as international sources of sustainability concepts, basic environmental and ecological economics, social and environmental justice, sustainable management and finance, uncertainty, complexity, risk and decision making in sustainability management, etc. will be introduced and discussed.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 603 Research Methods for Sustainable Management (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 014472
This course will introduce quantitative and qualitative research methods such as statistical methods, case study analysis, life cycle assessment, survey methods, impact measurement, etc. Students will learn skills like risk assessment methods, sustainability measurement and reporting, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, literature review, ethical aspects of research and proposal writing.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 605 Thesis Development (0.25) SEM

Course ID: 014362
The goal of the course is to ensure that all students will have a completed thesis proposal by the end of term. Each student will make an oral presentation of their proposal to their committee members and other members of SEED. The course will include discussions about how best to frame good research questions, find sources, organize a thesis, conduct ethical research, and communicate results. Students will make regular class presentations throughout the term as their research proposal develops and thus gain skills in written, graphical oral presentation.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 620 Sustainable Operations (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 014569
This course explores the foundations of operations management in the context of sustainability. Through the use of both peer-reviewed and practitioner articles, this course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the core concepts in the field of operations management while integrating emergent social and environmental issues. Theoretical and empirical exploration of core operations concepts such as supply chain management, process configuration, quality and process improvement, and lean systems will be undertaken. Once a strong foundational understanding of these core concepts is achieved, students will then explore the opportunities and threats posed by emergent social and environmental issues to organizations, and how those issues can be integrated into the strategy underlying operations and process management. Concepts such as eco-efficiency, sustainable supply chain management, environmental management systems (e.g., ISO 14000), and life cycle assessment will be explored.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 630 Marketing for Sustainability (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 014568
Marketing for sustainability is a key component of a successful business strategy in todays marketplace. Through a business-to-consumer lens, this course uses the principles of marketing and social psychology to explore ways in which businesses can foster sustainable behaviour through the application of both green marketing and social marketing tools. The course introduces core tools for sustainability marketing including green marketing strategies, behaviour change theories and principles of community-based social marketing.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 640 Strategy for Sustainable Enterprises (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 014601
This online course looks at organizational strategy through the "lens" of sustainability. It covers foundational strategic management theory in the context of sustainability strategies. Tools for formulating and implementing a sustainability strategic plan are presented. Case studies draw from different sectors and also different organizational types.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 650 Sustainable Finance (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 014602
Financial and accounting "tools" have potential to create effective and far-reaching market-based solutions to address a range of sustainability management problems, including climate change, north-south relations, water issues and social change, while at the same time identifying and securing new business opportunities for companies, the financial sector and their customers. An increasing number of financial and accounting products and services have emerged to direct resources and lending power to mitigate environmental and/or encourage sustainable practices and decision-making. The course considers sustainable finance products, tools and services; sustainability accounting, and other approaches that foster sustainable development, such as full-cost accounting; relation of sustainability performance to capital market valuation and financial performance; socially responsible investing; sustainable lending, , impact investment, principles and codes.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 660 Public International Law (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 015932
This survey course will provide students with a systematic introduction to the international legal system. Topics to be covered include: the origins and nature of the international legal system; the formation, sources and application of international law; the law of treaties; international legal personality; the institutional framework of international law; the relationship between international law and municipal law; the relationship between states and territory; law of the sea; state jurisdiction; jurisdictional immunities of states; state responsibility; and a selection of substantive international legal topics including, as time permits, international trade, international investment, the use of force by states, and/or international humanitarian law.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 674 Special Topics in Sustainability Management (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 015505
These courses allow for additions to the program on a short-term basis and for development of future permanent courses. (Note: Course/Field trip fee may be charged).

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 675 Reading Course (0.50) RDG

Course ID: 014603
Particular offerings may be initiated by a faculty member in consultation with interested students. In all cases instructor consent is required.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 678 Governing the Commons (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 016298
This course revolves around the definition, concepts, evolution, and approaches of 'commons' as an interdisciplinary field of study. 'Governing the Commons' focuses directly on the theory, practice and policy pertaining to the commons and highlights the significance of collective action across multiple scales in responding to the complex sustainability and governance challenges facing our environment and society.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 680 Industrial Ecology: Principles and Approaches (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 016568
Course description: Industrial ecology is the study of flows and stocks of materials and energy as humans interact with nature. Conceived as a metaphor, industrial ecology provides understanding to support design and management of industrial systems. The course introduces key ideas, theories, and terminology for industrial ecology using seminal and current articles that define the field. Fundamental principles and approaches are explored, including social and urban metabolism, input/output analysis, life cycle assessment and material flow analysis.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 701 Theories of Sustainability Management (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 015793
The object of this course would be to understand theory in terms of epistemology, review major theoretical paradigms in the social sciences, understand the relationship of theory to ontology and methodology, and with regard to theory application in sustainability management. Students should show the capacity to identify, use and potentially build theories in sustainability and in management in relation to their research questions.

Sustainability Management (SUSM) 702 Methods of Sustainability Management (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 015794
This course would take an overview of the research design process, linking theory and methodology to research questions focusing on sustainability management. The relationship between inductive and deductive methods, between theory building and theory testing will be explored and students introduced to some of the major methodological approaches ¿ qualitative and quantitative approaches as well as survey research, statistical methodologies, and methods in industrial ecology.