Going beyond “green” environments, Environmental Studies at York University strives to solve real-world issues in urban and regional areas to increase equity and improve community well-being.
Learn from faculty passionate about the environment and social justice as you prepare for careers such as corporate sustainability officer, environmental protection technician, ecological economist, renewable energy analyst, urban and regional planner.
Our active community is passionate about environmental and social justice. We define the environment inclusively, so our program provides keen insights into the vast interconnections that affect our world. An introductory first year allows you to expand on your passion for environmental and social change through a comprehensive core course approach. Then, specialize in Environment & Culture, Urban & Regional Environments, Environmental Politics, Environmental Management
In a world where more than 50 per cent of the population lives in urban areas, cities play a significant role in shaping the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental conditions of people’s everyday lives. Combine an interdisciplinary exploration of urban life with the discipline that closely examines the nature of city lives and city spaces. Topics include: the modern city, urban development in a global context, the history and comparative study of cities, and planning and environmental issues.
Delve into cities, urban social life and the relationship that cities have with other spaces. Explore the ways in which political institutions, social relations, economic systems, physical structures, ecological processes and cultural understandings weave together into the social fabric.