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Graduate Course Descriptions

Please refer to the current Graduate Calendar or Mosaic for complete information.

600 Level Courses

700 Level Courses

Graduate students registered in 600-level courses will be required to complete additional work (e.g. additional paper, project, or more indepth analysis of course material) as determined by the course instructor.

 



Human Geography Courses

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Geog 6EA3 Environmental Assessment / J. Maclachlan
Technical and Policy issues involved in the production and the appraisal of environmental impact assessments.
Offered Term 2

Geog 6ET3 Environmental Policy, Ethics & Risks/ N. Yiannakouolias
An exploration of current issues in environmental policy, ethics and law.
Offered Term 2

Geog 6HH3 / Environment and Health (C/L Health Studies 4M03)/ N. Yiannakouolias
Models and methods for research and policy on environment and health.
Offered Term 2

Geog 6LP3 / Transport Policy / H.A. Páez
Policy development at the local, provincial and federal level in Canada and its manifestation in passenger transportation and the movement of goods; emphasis will be placed on the development of transport policy in the ERA of globalization and the rise of multimodal transportation
Offered Term 2

Geog 6UF3 / Geography of Gender / V. Chouinard
This course provides an advanced treatment of key themes and issues in the geography of gender.  Emphasis is placed on the ways in which society and space are ‘gendered’ and on critical assessment of the geography of gender literature and reflection on pressing issues facing women and men today.  Topics include gender and global change, the global sex trade, gender and the city, gender and sexuality, domestic violence and violence in conflict zones.
Offered Term 1

Geog 6UH3 / Urban Housing / R.S. Harris
The geography of housing, including the effects of land development, construction, municipal planning and public policy on the urban landscape of housing and homelessness.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Geog 6UT3 / Special Topics in Human Geography /Faculty
Advanced treatment of selected topics in human geography; specific topics will vary from year to year, with emphasis placed on the economic, political and social complexity of contemporary societies.
(not offered in 2016-2017)


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Physical Geography and Earth & Environmental Science Courses

Earth Sci 6C03 / Advanced Physical Climatology / A.M. Arain
This course develops energy and mass exchange processes in the near surface layer, the lower atmosphere and at the earth-atmosphere interface. Sensitivities of these processes to environmental change and feedback mechanisms are examined (seminars and individual presentations are emphasized).
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sci 6CC3 / Environmental Reconstruction using Stable Isotopes / S.T. Kim
Stable isotopes are widely used in modern earth and environmental sciences because of their unique chemical properties that enable us to trace past and current environmental processes. This course will discuss the basic principles of stable isotope geochemistry and their applications to paleo and modern climate and environmental reconstruction.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sci 6EA3 Environmental Assessment / J. Maclachlan
Technical and Policy issues involved in the production and the appraisal of environmental impact assessments.
Offered Term 2

Earth Sc 6J03 Basin Analysis / J. Bhattacharya
Focus on the evolution of sedimentary basins in a global context, based upon their structural and stratigraphic styles. Factors that affect basin evolution such as sea-level change, sediment supply and climate will be discussed. A review of the principles of sequence stratigraphy and its application to geologists, mining and petroleum exploration will be explored.
Offered Term 2

Earth Sci 6T03 / Plate Tectonics and Ore Deposits / A. Dickin
Synthesis of plate tectonics, with application to crustal evolution and genesis of ore deposits.
Offered Term 2

Earth Sci 6WB3 / Contaminant Hydrogeology / J.E. Smith
Physical and chemical aspects of the fate and transport of contaminants in soils and groundwater, including multiphase flow.
Offered Term 2

Earth Sci 6W03 / Hydrologic Modeling ( C/L Civ Eng. 6M03)/ P. Coulibaly
Principles of numerical modelling and examination of selected hydrologic models including deterministic, conceptual and statistical models.
(not offered in 2016-2017)


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The following 700-level courses are offered for graduate credit only:

Human Geography Courses

Geog 714 / Applied Data Analysis for Geographers and Earth Scientists / N. Yiannakouolias
This course will introduce students to data analysis and statistics with an emphasis on applications in geography and the earth sciences. Topics will include multiple regression, cluster analysis, factor analysis, analysis of variance, data visualization, data management and the principles of statistical inference.
Offered Term 1

Geog 715A&B / Special Topics / Faculty
Individual reading course on an advanced level topic. A student may register only once in this course with the permission of The School of Geography and Earth Sciences.
Offered as a Term 3 Course

Geog 726 / Feminist Geography / V.A. Chouinard
This course examines recent work in feminist geography, with emphasis on issues of theory, method, praxis, and critical assessment of research studies. An introduction to origins of and changing directions in this field is followed by an examination of research in: changing geographies of cities and regions; women and work; housing and household survival strategies; state intervention in women's lives; women, disability and disabling environments; women, space, sexuality and violence; place, politics and identity; methodological issues; and future research directions.
(not offered in 2016-2017)


Geog 727 / Disability and Space / V.A. Chouinard, R.D. Wilton
Disability and space is a rapidly developing substantive sub-field in critical social geography. In this course, we examine geographic and other research concerned with disability, space and disabling environments. Different approaches to explanation and to social change are highlighted and assessed.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Geog 728 / Urban Historical Geography / R.S. Harris
Study of internal characteristics and external relations of places in nineteenth century eastern North America with particular reference to Southern Ontario.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Geog 729 Applied Social Theories in Human Geography / V.A. Chouinard, R.D. Wilton
This course provides an overview of different theoretical traditions within human geography, and the ways in which they are used to engage with, and make sense of empirical data.
Offered Term 1

Geog 730 Urban Social Geography / R. Harris
This course focuses on geographical patterns of residence and activity, primarily in Canadian and U.S. urban areas. It will draw substantially on both empirical research and theoretical conceptualisations, while emphasizing the interrelation between the two.
Offered Term 1

Geog 733 / Integrated Urban Models: Design, Structure and Applications / TBA
A review of location and transportation models used in integrated urban models. The performance of known computer implementations of integrated urban models will be evaluated in this course.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Geog 734 Qualitative Approaches to Research in Human Geography / B. Newbold, R. Wilton, A. William
A range of qualitative approaches (interviews, focus groups, participant observation) will be reviewed as key research methods employed in a health geography context.
Offered Term 2

Geog 735 / Topics in Urban Geography / Faculty
Discussion of selected aspects of urban spatial structure and location theory.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Geog 736 / Geographies of Health / TBA
This course examines the role of meanings, models, measurement and evidence for selected content areas concerning environments, life style and structural and contextual factors. .
(not offered in 2016-2017)


Geog 737 / Activity Analysis: Advanced Travel Behaviour Analysis and Modeling / D.M. Scott
Theory, data and methods underlying the activity-based approach to travel behaviour analysis and modeling. The application of activity analysis to future models of urban travel demand is also emphasized.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Geog 738 / Discrete Choice and Policy Analysis / A. Páez
Discrete choice methods are studied as the technical foundation for the analysis of public and private policy. A particular emphasis is placed on urban policy issues, including travel behavior, energy consumption, and locational decisions. The course covers the microeconomic foundations of discrete choice theory, model specification and estimation, including modern simulation techniques, and applications.
Offered Term 1


Geog 739A&B / Spatial Population Analysis / K.B. Newbold
Theories and models of migration; characteristics of contemporary migration; movement in space and models of spatial interaction.
(not offered in 2016-2017)


Geog 743 / International Housing / R.S. Harris
Trends in housing and housing policy internationally since 1945. Economic, social and political aspects.
(not offered in 2016-2017)


Geog 746 / Advanced Statistical Methods in Geography / P. Deluca, K.B. Newbold, A. Paez, D. Scott
Applications of advanced multivariate statistical methods in geographic research, including analysis of contingency tables and regression, logistic and probit models.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

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Physical Geography and Earth & Environmental Courses


Earth Sci 709 /

Radiogenic Isotopes in Earth and Planetary Sciences/ A.P. Dickin
Nucleosynthesis and radioactive decay. Mass spectrometry. Radiogenic isotopes as chronometers and tracers in crust and mantle evolution, and in the study of ore deposits. Radiogenic isotopes as environment tracers.Origin of the solar system.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sc 711 Petroleum Exploration Workshop/ J. Bhattacharya
Problem-based geoscience workshop focused on interpretation of seismic, well log, geochemical and other data to develop petrolem exploration prospects. Data is provided yearly by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists as part of the Imperial Barrell Award (IBA) contest. Qualified students may  partcipate in the Canadian Regional Competition. Lectures on petroleum systems and exploration will be provided on an as-needed basis.
Offered Term 2


Earth Sci 715A&B / Special Topics / Faculty
Individual reading course on an advanced level topic. A student may register only once in this course with the permission of The School of Geography and Earth Sciences.
Offered as a Term 3 Course

Earth Sci 718A&B / Advanced Hydrology/ S. Carey
This course will examine the fundamentals of watershed hydrology including precipitation, evapotranspiration, snowmelt, soil water, runoff and surface-groundwater interactions. The course will involve lectures, field-based exercises and computer modelling.   
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sci 749A&B / Advanced Environmental Organic Geochemistry / G.F. Slater
The course will focus on an advanced treatment of the underlying fundamental concepts in environmental organic geochemistry. Primary focus will be on the basic chemical parameters and kinetic and thermodynamic principles that control the distribution and persistence of organic chemicals in the environment and therefore the risk that they pose to human and ecosystem health. The same principles control the transport, fate and biological processing of both organic contaminants and natural organic matter. Therefore this course will provide students with fundamental understanding applicable to both contaminated and natural systems. The primary basis for this discussion will be the seminal text Environmental Organic Chemistry by Schwarzenbach et al, with discussion of the application of these principles as reflected in the recent literature. This course is an inquiry-based course.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sci 750 / Advanced Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport / S. Dickson, J.E. Smith
(C/L with Civil Engineering 770)
This course will cover the theory, equations, fundamental principles, and processes of the flow of fluids and transport of contaminants in soils and groundwater at an advanced level.
Offered Term 2

Earth Sci 751 / Environmental Micropaleontology / E. Reinhardt
Microfossils and biogeochemistry as an environmental tool for studying modern and ancient coastal, shelf and lacustrine environments. The course will examine a range of microfossil groups (e.g. ostracodes, diatoms) concentrating on foraminifera and thecamoebians. Course will include a small research project that will involve microscope work.
Offered Term 1


Earth Sci 752 / Geomicrobiology / L.A. Warren
This advanced level course will provide an overview of the emerging conceptual framework of microbial geochemistry and discuss the implications of microbial activity, as it relates to geochemical processes of interest in interpreting the earth’s record, as well as contaminant behaviour. Current and emerging techniques available in
this field will also be discussed.
(not offered in 2016-2017)


Earth Sci 753A&B / Advanced Environmental Geochemistry / S.T. Kim, G.F. Slater, L.A. Warren
The course will focus on an advanced treatment of the underlying fundamental concepts in environmental geochemistry of equilibria, kinetics and partitioning, as they apply to both modern and ancient inorganic and organic geochemical processes of interest. It will also highlight available and emerging techniques for investigating past and modern environmental geochemical processes.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sci 755 / Bio- and Hydro-Meteorology / A.M. Arain
Bio- and Hydro-meteorology studies the effect of the atmosphere on carbon and water cycles. The aim is to teach the theory and practical aspects of the energy, water and carbon exchanges from vegetated surfaces, data analysis techniques and surface exchange modeling.
Offered Term 1

Earth Sci 756A&B / Advanced Methods in Sedimentology and Stratigraphic Analysis / J. Bhattacharya, C.H. Eyles, E. Reinhardt
The course will focus on the methods used in understanding sedimentological and stratigraphic successions, whether they are modern, or deep-time records. It will be structured as a modular course, consisting 3-5 modules on various topics. Topics include sedimentary environments,  geochronology, sequence stratigraphy, magnetic stratigraphy, seismic stratigraphy and biostratigraphy. Each topic will consist of lectures, core papers and research papers.  This course will consist of lectures, seminars and discussion sessions. (not all instructors will participate every year)
Offered as a Term 3 Course

Earth Sci 757 / Advanced Statistical & Data Driven Methods in Hydrology/ P. Coulibaly
The objective of this course is to provide a survey of advanced statistical and data-driven methods in hydrology and water resources engineering, and to apply selected methods to hydrologic modeling and water resources problems solving.
Offered Term 1

Earth Sci 758 / Advanced Structural Geography / TBA
The aim of this course is to acquaint students with the process-oriented interpretation of various structural geological or related data sets as well as major structural geological or tectonic concepts. Each student in this course will individually conduct a project that is based either on a given structural data set or published material, which will be selected together with the instructor in the beginning of the course. The project is expected to be directed towards elucidating a specific geological process based on structural reasoning, calculations or modelling. The progress of the project will be regularly discussed among course participants and the instructor. This allows each student to follow up on the development of other students' projects and, thus, to discuss possible thematic links.
(not offered in 2016-2017)


Earth Sci 759 / Numerical Modeling in global Climatology / H. Barker
Numerical modelling of global climate has evolved much over the past 40 years and has become a mainstay in modern climatology. This course will focus on numerical modelling of global climate working up from simple global energy balance to one-dimensional radiative-convective and latitudinal energy budget models. Idealizations such as DaisyWorld and predator-Prey models will be used to illustrate feedback processes. Data analysis methods will also be addressed.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sci 760 / Exploration Seismology / J. Boyce
This course will examine current methods and recent developments in the field of reflection seismology. A major emphasis will be placed on the principles and practical aspects acquiring and processing multichannel seismic reflection data. Applications for oil and gas exploration and investigation of the shallow subsurface for environmental purposes will also be reviewed through case studies.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sci 761A&B / Advanced Glacial Sedimentology / C.H. Eyles
Current issues in glacial sedimentology including examination of glacial processes, environments and sediments in terrestrial and marine settings, the glacial sedimentary record of the Great Lakes basins and relationships between glacial sediments and urban environmental issues.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sci 762 / Advanced Geophysical Mapping and Modeling / TBA

Airborne geophysical and satellite imagery for geological mapping application to problems in oil, and mineral exploration and to environmental contaminant mapping.
(not offered in 2016-2017)


Earth Sci 764 / Quaternary Dating Methods / TBA
Introduction to a range of dating methods useful over the last 2 million years of earth history. Physical basis of the methods as well as aspects of their application are the main topics, but can also include aspects of the sedimentary context for certain methodologies. Dating methods include radiocarbon dating, argon-argon dating, electron spin resonance dating and luminescence dating.
(not offered in 2016-2017)

Earth Sci 765A&B/ Ecohydrology / J.M. Waddington
An examination of ecology and hydrology interaction through the study of biogeochemical cycling. (Not an inquiry course.)
Offered as a Term 3 Course


Earth Sci*770 / Advanced Analysis of Survey Data / M. Boyle, K. Georgiadis, K.B. Newbold
(C/L with Economics 770, Psychology 770, HRM 790)
This course uses survey data collected by Statistics Canada and maintained in the Research Data Centre to refine student skills in conducting secondary analysis and writing for publication in peer reviewed journals. Students will develop a two-page research proposal on a topic of their choice. The proposal will identify a research question to be addressed using one or more Statistics Canada surveys. The educational methods will be varied, depending on group composition and include lectures, small group tutorials, student presentations and faculty mentorship. The objective is to produce a research report for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. (Students wishing to use other data bases available to them may do so with permission of the instructors.)
(not offered in 2016-2017)

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NOTE: In addition, certain courses in other departments, notably Biology, Civil Engineering, and Economics may be allowed for graduate credit.

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