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Earth Systems and Environmental Policy BSUS 5140

Sustainable Business Course

Course details

This course presents a broad overview of Earth systems, global change, and environmental policy to provide a foundation for further study in sustainable business. Using a nested circle framework for sustainable business, this course contextualizes economic structures within broader societal and environmental systems and impacts. Key topics include Earth and environmental systems, cycles, and processes; human interactions with the environment; global change; environmental management and policy; and the sustainable business landscape. Over the course of the term, students apply their knowledge and skills to assess the environmental impacts of a resource development project.


  • Acceptance into the Sustainable Business Advanced Certificate, Sustainable Business Leadership Advanced Diploma, or Bachelor of Business Administration program.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of BSUS 5140 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 90676


Thu Jan 12 - Thu Apr 20 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 90676
  • $815.61
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 12 - Apr 20 Thu 19:30 - 21:20 Online
Jan 12 - Apr 20 N/A N/A Online

Alan Shapiro

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Reserved for students registered in BCIT’s BBA and Sustainable Business Advanced Certificate and Advanced Diploma programs. Sustainable Business students, can register themselves online. BBA students, please contact to register. Course includes a combination of live class time and independent online work each week.

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Describe fundamental Earth systems concepts, including cycles, feedbacks, and uncertainty
  • Describe the broader global change processes underlying present day environmental issues, including climate change
  • Map and interpret environment and sustainability-related policy frameworks at regional, national, and international scales
  • Draw on a multidisciplinary portfolio of environmental management tools and concepts
  • Evaluate business impacts and processes in the context of natural and policy systems
  • Conduct secondary research and review academic literature
  • Critically analyze environmental and sustainability claims from a range of sources
  • Concisely and effectively communicate technical information through a range of platforms, including reports and presentations

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

Earth Systems and Environmental Policy (BSUS 5140) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Bachelor of Business Administration Full-time/Part-time
  2. Sustainable Business
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  3. Sustainable Business Leadership
    Advanced Diploma Full-time
  4. Sustainable Business Leadership
    Advanced Diploma Part-time


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