British Columbia Institute of

Important Notice: COVID-19 Institute response


BSUS 5140 - Earth Systems and Environmental Policy

Sustainable Business Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

To support you and your education, BCIT is adapting applied learning in formats appropriate to the unfolding global situation. All PTS classes are being delivered in an online format unless you are notified otherwise.

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.





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 47078

Wed Sep 09 - Wed Dec 16 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Dec 16 Wed 19:30 - 21:30 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 09 - Dec 16 Online Online Delivery


Alan Shapiro

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Reserved for students registered in the Sustainable Business Leadership or the BBA program. Please email for departmental approval. If you are not enrolled in either of these programs at BCIT and are seeking special permission to register, please contact Program Head Tessa Jordan at 3. Course includes a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning each week.

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

In Progress and Full

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

BSUS 5140 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

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


Interested in being notified about future offerings of BSUS 5140 - Earth Systems and Environmental Policy? If so, fill out the information below and we'll notify you by email when courses for each new term are displayed here.

Contact Information

Suggest course days and times

If you are interested in taking this course on-campus (classroom delivery only) and would like to see it offered on specific days and/or at specific times, please indicate your preferences below. Day and time suggestions are not applicable to online courses.

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the College and Institute Act (RSBC 1996, Ch.52). BCIT will use this information to communicate with you regarding relevant BCIT programs, courses and services. This information is only used by authorized BCIT staff. Email communication sent to and from BCIT is routed through the United States of America. If you have any questions about BCIT's collection and use of this information, please contact BCIT’s manager of Information Access and Privacy.

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Find Courses

School of Business + Media Waitlist

Need to waitlist for a School of Business + Media course?

Find out more

English Language Proficiency

BCIT's Part-time Studies English Language Proficiency Standard is English 12 (or equivalency). Students who do not meet this requirement should upgrade their English skills prior to any future registration.

Payment Changes At BCIT

We've changed the way we accept payments.

Find out more

Course Navigation, Related Links & Tools

Registration News

Registration is currently open for the Fall 2020 term.

A sneak preview of Winter 2021 term courses is also now available here.

Students may register for Winter 2021 term courses online or by phone starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT).

Classroom Locations

Classroom locations are subject to last minute changes. Please check the Part-time Studies Classroom Locations listing at on the first day of any course you are registered for.

Part-time Studies Financial Aid

Will you be studying at BCIT part-time? Do you need assistance funding your studies? Find out if you qualify for Part-time Studies financial aid.