X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Sustainable Business (SB)

Department of Management, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Issues of social justice, ethics and humanity are an integral part of sustainable business and students in this minor will be engaged in discussion, critical analysis and learning on issues of social and environmental responsibility. Changing societal expectations are creating new challenges for business and other leaders and are shifting the nature of the business and society relationships. Rising demands from civil society and other business stakeholders, such as consumers, communities, employees and government, and the global commitment to Sustainable Development Goals have created an intensification of demands for responsible behaviour. Students will also use global resources such as the Sulitest to evaluate their sustainability knowledge and learning.

The Minor in Sustainable Business integrates a multi-disciplinary view of sustainability issues with a crucial understanding of citizenship, social responsibility, sustainability and diversity issues. Unique to this minor are the required courses and restricted electives from many different disciplines. This Minor is relevant to students from most disciplines who are interested in sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

By taking this minor, students will advance competencies in the following areas:

  • Sustainability and Social Responsibility

  • Global Citizenship and Sustainability Issues

  • Cultural Diversity

Minor (Honours Program)

A minimum of 5.00 credits is required including:

Required courses (2.50 credits):
MGMT*3020 [0.50] Corporate Social Responsibility
UNIV*2200 [0.50] Towards Sustainability
One of:
ACCT*2230 [0.50] Management Accounting
MGMT*1000 [1.00] Introduction to Business
MGMT*2150 [0.50] Introduction to Canadian Business Management
One of:
PHIL*2120 [0.50] Ethics
PHIL*2600 [0.50] Business and Professional Ethics
One of:
SOAN*2290 [0.50] Identities and Cultural Diversity
SOAN*3240 [0.50] Gender & Global Inequality I
SOC*2390 [0.50] Class and Stratification

Restricted Electives (2.50 credits)

ANTH*2660 [0.50] Contemporary Indigenous Peoples in Canada
ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
ECON*2650 [0.50] Introductory Development Economics
ECON*3500 [0.50] Urban Economics
EDRD*3400 [0.50] Sustainable Communities
EDRD*4010 [0.50] Tourism Planning in the Less Developed World
ENGG*4070 [0.50] Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Design
ENVS*2070 [0.50] Environmental Perspectives and Choice
ENVS*2120 [0.50] Introduction to Environmental Stewardship
ENVS*2270 [0.50] Impacts of Climate Change
FARE*1300 [0.50] Poverty, Food & Hunger
FARE*3250 [0.50] Food and International Development
FARE*4210 [0.50] World Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Development
GEOG*1220 [0.50] Human Impact on the Environment
GEOG*2210 [0.50] Environment and Resources
GEOG*3020 [0.50] Global Environmental Change
GEOG*3320 [0.50] Food Systems: Issues in Security and Sustainability
GEOG*3490 [0.50] Tourism and Sustainability
HTM*1070 [0.50] Responsible Tourism Policy and Planning
HTM*4090 [0.50] Hospitality Development, Design and Sustainability
IDEV*1000 [0.50] Understanding Development and Global Inequalities
IDEV*3000 [0.50] Poverty and Inequality
PHIL*2070 [0.50] Philosophy of the Environment
POLS*2250 [0.50] Public Administration and Governance
POLS*3370 [0.50] Environmental Politics and Governance
PSYC*3300 [0.50] Psychology of Gender
REAL*4870 [0.50] Sustainable Real Estate
SOAN*3040 [0.50] Globalization of Work and Organizations
SOAN*4500 [0.50] Community Development
SOC*3380 [0.50] Society and Nature
UNIV*2410 [0.50] Engaged Global Citizenship
UNIV*4410 [0.50] Civic Engagement with Communities

Note: not all restricted elective courses identified in this list will necessarily be open to all students in the minor in Sustainable Business. Some courses may have priority access restrictions, or may be limited to students enrolled in the major from which the courses are drawn. In some cases a Course Waiver Request form signed by the instructor may be required in order for students to add these courses to their schedule. Please consult with the department offering the course about possible access. Some courses may also have prerequisites which are identified in course descriptions in the academic calendar.

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