Haida Gwaii
Online Learning


Haida Gwaii Online Learning Summer Term 1 2021

May 10th to June 17th, 2021

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HGSE 362 - Marine Protected Areas and Marine Spatial Planning

Weekly synchronous class times TBD

What is Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)? Why plan for the management of complex coastal and marine spaces? What tools, technologies, and techniques are available to balance the interests and values of coastal communities, stakeholders, and non-human nature? What is the role of MSP in identifying conservation values and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)?

Welcome to the murky depths of MSP and MPAs! This course will link theory to practice, drawing from academic literature, international and national case studies, and the coastal places, peoples, and processes of Xaayda Gwaayaay. Over this twelve-week course, prepare to take a deep dive into the range of possible responses to these questions (hint: there is no one right answer!).

The course will cover foundational topics like ecosystem-based management and key ecological, socio-economic, and cultural considerations in the broader field of marine and coastal resource management and conservation. There will be a focus on the Canadian context and on temperate MPAs in British Columbia specifically – international examples will also be drawn upon where applicable.


HGSE 381 - Ecological Economics

Weekly synchronous class times TBD

The emerging discipline of ecological economics has been influenced by the intersection of political, economic and ecological systems. This course will be divided into two parts: the first part will look at the underlying philosophy and principles of ecological economics and the basic concepts of ecological economics such as economic low-growth, ecosystem services, valuation of nature. The course will have students question current measures of ‘progress’, comparing conventional measures (of wealth and growth) with those that incorporate environmental components, and we will discuss their usefulness – both conceptually as well as in various policy settings, including Haida Gwaii. The second part focus will shift to the implications of a radical reorientation of a political economy. Students will look at cascading effects of change, unintended consequences of change, and why it might be difficult to separate our ecological goals from our political realities.