ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity

The Introduction to Academic Integrity course illustrates academic integrity and plagiarism in real-life scenarios. A clear sense of academic honesty and responsibility is fundamental to good scholarship, and the integrity of university academic work and the degrees conferred by the university is dependent upon the honesty and soundness of the teacher-student learning relationship and of the evaluation process. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism, and other academic offences. The Introduction to Academic Integrity course serves as a helpful, interactive companion to the academic integrity policy and procedures outlined in the Student Policies & Procedures, which contains the policies and procedures that guide academic life at Royal Roads and support our mission as a university.
Course Credits: 0.0

EECO500: Developing Environmental Understandings

Explores how personal environmental identities, values, beliefs, feelings and attitudes are formed. Considers how environmental education and communication programs approach building a sense of place and wonder; offer direct experience in the environment; help develop responsible environmental behaviours; and build the capacity to implement meaningful environmental actions that resolve environmental problems and issues. Students examine the historic evolution of environmental education and communications, and various theories of environmental learning and literacy. Co-requisite: EECO503
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO503: Foundations for Environmental Communication

Explores the intersection of communication and the environment in various mediated and unmediated forms. Introduces a range of significant interpersonal, group/organizational and mass communication theories to environmental communication. Examines those theories from the context of their practical contributions to environmental communications and our understanding of how we form notions about the environment. Highlights the essential role communication has played in getting us to our current environmental situation and the role communication might play in helping us to change course.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO504: Systems Perspectives

Explores the value and implications of engaging in systems thinking for environmental education and communication. Investigates what systems thinking means, and what systems thinking entails through reviewing, engaging with, and applying key concepts and common approaches that are used in systems work. Considers the source and nature of various perspectives on systems, and reveals how different approaches lead to different understanding and thus different action. Distinguishes the opportunities and constraints of acting responsibly in a complex systems world.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO508: Learning Theory and Program Design

Cultivates increasingly sophisticated understanding of learning processes. The search for meaning through the active elaboration of our meaning system - one possible definition of learning - seems to be at the core of being human. As a result of this course, educators will be better able to design effective programs and products. Instructional design will be seen as an intentional process to create learning environments that support effective and efficient learning and instruction appropriate to particular bodies of skill and content and in specific contexts. With support and critique from classmates, students will design or re-design an instructional module they use or plan to use in their environmental education work.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO509: Ecopsychology: At the Intersection of Theory and Practice

Provides a systems approach to psychology that extends the notion of psyche from an individual to a world ensouled. This approach is rooted in a view of humans and more-than-humans as energetically and materially bonded, deeply interconnected, and inextricably linked. Nature immersion, arts-based inquiry, and embodied and reflective practices enhance professional efficacy and personal resiliency and summon us to more fully and creatively participate in resolving prevailing disparities and dualisms. Aligned with Indigenous ontologies, pedagogies of increased relatedness invite the natural world as guide, co-teacher, and wise relative.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO510: Worldviews, Ethics, and the Environment

Examines the range of philosophical and ethical stances at work today as expressed in contemporary environmental education and communications. Investigates environmental ethics as they are tested against real-world environmental problems.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO586: The Biosphere and Sustainability

Explores the ecological principles governing the dynamic structures and processes of ecosystems and sustainability and how they can be applied to better understand responses to anthropogenic stress.
Course Credits: 3.0

INDS535: Outdoor Experiential Education

Explores outdoor experiential education (OEE) broadly while engaging specifically with key issues such as curriculum, educational methods, transformative learning, Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, and eco-literacy. Discusses timely topics such as the forest school approach and the rise in popularity of risky outdoor play, along with other relevant theoretical and practical perspectives. Engages students in thinking critically and creatively about the place and space for outdoor experiential learning within education today. Guides students to challenge assumptions through fostering personal and professional eco-literacy, while developing a community of practice via dialogue and shared narratives.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO620: Approaches to Research in Environmental Education and Communication

A hands-on introduction to a range of research methods and approaches. Ethical considerations in research, research design, and the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data will be explored. Students will carry out both qualitative and quantitative research projects. Initial steps will be made towards a thesis or research project proposal.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO688: Implementation of EEC: Living Our Learning

Provides a unique blended opportunity to integrate the important learning that has occurred during the Masters in Environmental Education and Communication program. Using their thesis/major project as a primary case study, students will review key learnings, identify current opportunities, and create an action plan to take the work forward in academic and applied settings. Designed to deepen self-awareness, nurture individual and collective action, optimize opportunities for peer exchange and encourage reflection on the pillars of life-long learning, the course takes the Royal Roads motto of “living our learning” as a call to action. Corequisites: EECO690 (Thesis) or EECO695 (Major Project). Prerequisites: All MAEEC coursework.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO690: Thesis

Thesis-Major Project: The thesis demonstrates detailed and current research in a topic related to the content and objectives of the program, and the mastery of program competencies. This original research project should be between 60-100 pages in length, not including references and appendices.
Course Credits: 12.0

EECO695: Major Research Project

The Major Research Project (MRP) is an applied research project completed over the period of one year with guidance from a supervisor. The MRP demonstrates the student’s thorough understanding, application, and integration of the theories and practices acquired from the MA Environmental Education and Communication program as made evident through a final written paper and/or more non-traditional knowledge products. It fulfills an essential completion criterion and is ideal for those looking to apply their learning in the workplace for the benefit of a community, organization or group of people or to leverage their project into consulting and/or immediate contribution in terms of environmental education and communication. Prerequisites: All MAEEC coursework (with the exception of EECO 688 final residency) including: EECO 500, 503, 508, 504, 620, 586, 509, and 510 (or a suitable elective approved by the program head).
Course Credits: 9.0