Each year, CGEN offers four courses focused on building students’ competencies in design thinking, global development, and participatory research. In addition to learning key technical skills to enable them to solve real global challenges, students are afforded opportunities in those courses to conduct field visits to implement their ideas or to expand their understanding of the problems faced by vulnerable communities.
Certificate in Global Engineering
For undergraduate students interested in strengthening their proficiency on topics related to engineering and global development, CGEN offers the Certificate in Global Engineering. To attain it, students must complete a minimum of three courses per the requirements below:
A course focused on recent anthropological scholarship that seeks to understand and explain the transformation of contemporary societies and cultures. Topics may include some of the following: new patterns of global inequality, war and neo-colonialism, health and globalization, social justice and indigeneity, religious fundamentalism, gender inequalities, biotechnologies and society etc.
Approaches to environmental concerns are often marked by assumptions that reflect distinct worldviews positing particular understandings of the role of the human with respect to nature. This course explores sundry economic, political, scientific, religious, and moral worldviews pertaining to the environment, including environmental ethics, Gaia, ecofeminism, scientific cosmology, and aboriginal perspectives.
This physical geography course provides a broad introduction to the Earth System, involving the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere and their interactions, at local to planetary spatial scales. It examines natural and anthropogenic origins of environmental change. Key methods and techniques used by physical geographers to study the Earth System are covered in lectures, readings, practical sessions and field work. Fieldwork is integral to all sub-disciplines of geography, and a major component of this course. There is no substitute for direct, hands-on exploration of the natural world.
Most urban courses taught in the English-speaking world implicitly or explicitly focus on large North American, European, or Australian cities. While these places are interesting in their own right, studying them as the sole model of urbanization is misleading. To a great extent, the societies of the westernized, developed world are already highly-urbanized and have been so for decades. Cities outside of this sphere, by contrast, are generally growing much faster, and experiencing greater social and economic upheaval as a result. Understanding non-North American urbanization is a vital part of understanding cities in general. This course is an attempt to introduce students to processes of urbanization that are occurring in places other than North America. There will be a particular focus on comparing the urban form, economies, and social life in cities around the world.
Focusing on the impacts that global flows of ideas, culture, people, goods, and capital have on cities throughout the globe, this course explores some of the factors that differentiate the experiences of globalization and urban change in cities at different moments in history and in various geographic locations.
A survey of the developmental challenges facing societies in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and the efficacy of various development strategies and policies in meeting these challenges.
The course analyzes the impact of the individual, the nation-state, and the international and transnational systems on international conflict and conflict resolution, and examines the major problems the international community confronts in a rapidly changing international environment.
Students examine the impact of contemporary globalization on Canada, and for Canadas place in the world. The course is interdisciplinary in its approach and addresses globalization from a wide range of perspectives, including mobility, trade, urbanization, health, religion, environmental change, technology, communications, and the arts.
Emphasis in Engineering and Globalization
As with undergraduates, engineering graduate students who would like to develop a career in international development may be interested in pursuing the Emphasis in Engineering and Globalization. To receive the Emphasis notation on your transcript, you are required to complete 2.0 credits worth of courses in accordance with the following requirements:
- If you are undertaking an MEng project which is aligned in scope to CGEN's mandate, credits from that project may be used to count toward the elective portion of the Emphasis. For more information, please contact us.
- Students who complete the requirements of the Emphasis in Engineering and Globalization will no longer be provided with a certificate, instead the emphasis will be notated on directly on their transcript