University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Canada

Available Courses

This course examines the importance of plants and the role they have in the local and global community. It introduces students to the impact of plants on the past, present and future of human civilization and describes the importance of plants as sources of food, medicine, fuel, shelter, clothing and psychoactive agents. Topics include medicinal plants and human health, the origin of agricultural crops, plants that changed the course of history, plant-based biofuels, the green revolution, plant biotechnology and genetic engineering of plants.

Quantum mechanics is driving a technological revolution. This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts of quantum mechanics from a historical and philosophical perspective. The course will supply the background needed to understand the controversies surrounding the interpretation of quantum mechanics as well as the principles behind the cutting-edge research being carried out at the Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo.

An introduction to the working assumptions, analytic approaches, and integrative and descriptive methods of archaeological anthropology.

This course focuses on the dynamics of growth and change in global emerging cities, with a focus on the urban transition underway in cities, with emphasis on Asia and Africa. Current urban challenges (e.g. social inequality, uneven development, climate change) are discussed, as well as opportunities for innovative planning and sustainable urban development.

This course introduces students to the goals, principles, and practices of sustainability. Sustainability thinking, policies, and programs aim to increase and maintain human well-being by integrating or reconciling current social and economic goals (e.g., economic growth; poverty alleviation; gender inequality) with long-term environmental objectives (e.g., improved environmental quality; climate stability; biodiversity conservation; and managing resources to ensure future access). Case studies are used to illustrate solutions for realizing sustainability, emphasizing efforts underway for reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The course assesses four intersecting and sometimes competing approaches for realizing sustainability: technological innovation; market-based approaches; state regulation and investment; and individual and collective (‘grassroots’) action. Key values underlying sustainability are explored, including notions of the “good life”, democracy, social justice, and efficiency.

A practical introduction to everyday technology, this course will look at the physics behind common devices used in consumer products and industry. Examples include air conditioners, microwave ovens, household wiring, nuclear reactors, and medical imaging.

This course provides an introduction to microeconomic analysis relevant for understanding the Canadian economy. The behaviour of individual consumers and producers, the determination of market prices for commodities and resources, and the role of government policy in the functioning of the market system are the main topics covered.

Psychology is a broad and diverse discipline with many areas of scientific inquiry and practice. In Introductory Psychology, we shall survey the things that psychologists do, what they have discovered, and what the practice of psychology is like. The objective of the course is to give you experience in thinking psychologically about individual and social behavior, human development, motivation, cognition and language, intelligence, about brain processes and their relation to behavior, and about disorders of behavior and their treatment. The course consists of lectures and demonstrations, films, and the readings. A general survey course designed to provide the student with an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques of modern psychology as a behavioral science.

Introduction to Environmental Studies provides an overview of human ecological aspects of environmental studies from an inter-cultural and global perspective. This first-year course introduces the field of environmental studies, exploring the relationships and interactions between humans and their natural, social, and built environments. The course promotes acquisition of core environmental knowledge (concepts, principles, practices) from the perspectives of social sciences, environmental sciences, and management. A transdisciplinary, mixed teaching approach is used throughout the course to help make learning meaningful for students. Lectures, videos, in-class discussions and activities, reflection assignments, case studies, and authentic assessment activities are designed to provide students the opportunity to explore and analyze environmental issues from a variety of perspectives.

This course provides foundations for studying in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. The course emphasizes the need to understand how we can use social, natural and physical sciences to understand and solve environmental and resource problems in sustainable ways. The course also considers the limitations of approaches that perceive and attempt to manage issues as isolated phenomena. We will learn how to recognize the broader context around environment and resource issues and examine the roots of our problems within and ecological, political, social, and economic systems.

Kompleks Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi. Gedung D Lantai 18, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Pintu Satu, Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia 10270

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