2013-14 University Calendar
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Policy Studies (POST)

This is a list of the Policy Studies (POST) courses available at KPU.

POST 1100 CR-3

Sustainability: Analysis and Ethics

Students will study elements of traditional philosophy courses such as critical thinking, philosophy of science, and ethics to provide a detailed analysis of a variety of concepts of sustainability. They will examine sustainability policies and practices related to the environment, social equity, and economics.

Note: Students in the Policy Studies (POST) program must take POST 1100, the first of four umbrella courses required for this degree. This course is cross-listed with PHIL 1111. Students may not get credit for both courses.

Transferable (refer to transfer guide )

POST 2100 CR-3

Sustainability and Government

Students will explore environmental sustainability as an issue in Canadian politics. They will examine the evolution of the environmental movement in Canada, and study the linkages between environmental concerns and Canadian political culture, parties, advocacy organizations, federal-provincial relations, domestic and foreign policy, and other areas of interest.

Note: Students may earn credits for only one of POST 2100 or POLI 2100 as they are cross-listed courses.

Prerequisites: Any 6 credits at 1100-level or higher

Transferable (refer to transfer guide )

POST 3100 CR-3

Economics of Sustainability Policy

Students will study current sustainability issues and policies from an economic perspective. Students will examine differences between environmental and ecological economics. They will cover several topics including: the values and the limitations of the alternative measures of economic welfare, policy reports and studies, and the implications of complementarity between natural and human-made capital.

Note: Students may earn credit for only one of ECON 3100 and POST 3100, as they are identical courses.

Prerequisites: ECON 2260

POST 3110 CR-3

Applied Policy Seminar I

Students will study a specific set of applications of the principles of sustainability policy under the guidance of a practitioner. They will work in groups and examine specific situations and case studies to gain an insight into the practical difficulties of decision making and policy setting as it applies to real-life situations. They will study how concepts of ethics, governance, and economics are integrated. They will analyze the sustainability aspects of projects on topics such as water conservation, climate change mitigation, or food security.
Note: This course is restricted to BA in Policy Studies program students.

Prerequisites: 60 credits of 1100-level or higher courses with a C or better

POST 4110 CR-3

Advanced Applied Policy Seminar

Students will study applications of policy, with a focus on sustainability, under the guidance of a practitioner. They will examine complex real-life situations and case studies, such as impacts of policy decisions on climate change mitigation, energy efficiency, subsidized housing, green space conservation, and others. They will study how concepts of ethics, governance, and economics, as well as the psychology of public behaviour, are integrated into policy decision-making for sustainability. They will work in groups on a specific project, liaise with community stakeholders, and make recommendations for action in a formal presentation to stakeholders.

Note: This course is cross-listed with POLI 4110. This course is restricted to BA Policy Studies program students and students in a B.A. program in Political Science.

Prerequisites: POST 3110; or 18 POLI credits at the 1100-level or higher, including POLI 2100, and SOCI 2260

Not Transferable

POST 4150 CR-3

Psychology and Sustainability: Attitudes and Behaviour

Students will explore the challenges involved in changing attitudes and behaviour as it pertains to sustainability policy. They will examine the foundations of attitudes, how they are formed, changed and their relationship to behaviour. Students will also learn what makes persuasion campaigns effective, as well as individual and social factors that interfere with attitude-behaviour consistency. Students will learn to apply this knowledge to the evaluation of sustainability policy designed to change attitudes and behaviour.

Note: This course is cross-listed as PSYC 4150. Students who have taken PSYC 4150 may not register for this course. Students may earn credits from only one of POST 4150 or PSYC 4150.

Prerequisites: 60 credits of 1100 or higher; including PHIL 1155 or ANTH 2217, or ANTH 3100, or APSC 1120, or APSC 1151, or ASTR 1100, or ASTR 3110, or ASTR 3111, or BIOL 1110, or BIOL 1112, or BIOL 1160, or CHEM 1101, or CHEM 1105, or CHEM 1110, or ENVI 1121, or HORT 1102, or HORT 1104, or PHYS 1100, or PHYS 1101, or PHYS 1112, or PHYS 1120

Co-requisites: None

Not Transferable

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2013

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