Instructor(s): Andrew Green

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. This course will meet once a week in person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

Canada has been shaped by its natural resources. They have driven our economic growth, shaped relations between the government and Indigenous people and infused our political institutions and laws.  In this course, we will look at how we regulate natural resource use in Canada and how we may be able to design better laws and institutions.  We will look at both renewable resources such forests, fish and wildlife and non-renewable resources such as coal, minerals and oil and gas.  We will explore both how we regulate these resources and the legal, economic and political theories that underlie this regulation.  We will discuss such issues as how we can balance economic growth and sustainability, controversies around new sources of energy such as wind power and fracking, Indigenous management regimes, and the influence of natural resource industries on our legal and political institutions. 

There are three components to the course evaluation. Students will be required to write 5 short (250 – 500 word) responses answering questions about the readings (30%) and write a 5,000 word essay due by the written work deadline at the end of term (60%). There is also a 10% participation grade, based on student input into class discussions.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

First term
Perspective course



25  JD


Th: 9:30 - 10:50 am (in-class) P115