Environmental Geography

Professor Kepe leading a group of students on a field trip

Introducing students to some of the most pressing issues relating to the environment, this area of concentration will: challenge students to think critically about how environmental governance takes place; envision how to foster sustainable and equitable development; expose students to the many different ways of defining “nature,” and investigate how key economic, cultural and political transformations of our time are re-engineering our relationship with the earth. In the broadest sense, this area of concentration explores how politics, the economy, history and culture give meaning to, shape, and are shaped by, interactions with the physical environment. Research and teaching in environmental geography seek to move beyond the roles of government and interest groups in shaping environmental policies, to expand our understanding of “politics” in (i) environmental discourses and knowledge; (ii) economic systems; (iii) regimes of natural resource ownership and use; and (iv) everyday struggles within and between communities and interest groups as they shape human-nature relationships. Core faculty members contributing to this area include:

Note: Courses in the Major Program in Human Geography are divided into three main subdisciplinary concentrations: Urban Geography, Social/Cultural Geography and Environmental Geography. This program requires a total of 7.0 full credits within the broader 20 credit requirement for a UTSC degree.

Environmental Geography Courses

  • GGRA02H3 The Geography of Global Processes
  • GGRA03H3 Cities and Environments
  • GGRB21H3 Environments and Environmentalisms
  • GGRC21H3 Current Topics in Environmental Geography
  • GGRC22H3 Political Ecology Theory and Applications
  • GGRC24H3 Socio-Natures and the Cultural Politics of 'The Environment'
  • GGRC25H3 Land Reform and Development
  • GGRC26H3 Geographies of Environmental Governance
  • GGRC28H3 Indigenous Environmental Knowledges
  • GGRC29H3 Agriculture, Environment, and Development
  • GGRC44H3 Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development
  • GGRD08H3 Research Seminar in Environmental Geography

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