ENVS 361 is not an introduction to environmental studies or ecology. Students taking it should have taken ENVS 252 or ENSC 200 or have equivalent background or training. These prerequisites are necessary so that students have at least one course in ecology, biology, or conservation science. A secondary recommendation is that students have taken at least one other environmental studies course or are familiar with at least some environmental issues. You might have this knowledge from a university course, but you could also gain such information through involvement in environmental groups or participation in local environmental issues. This must be more than simply having a membership with Greenpeace; you have to have been actively involved in the issue(s). If you have had experience negotiating politics and other social factors that play a role in determining our response to environmental issues, then you meet this requirement. So, for example, if you have been active in trying to get a local environmental issue (maybe the location of a garbage dump or the protection of green spaces in a city) dealt with by the municipality, you should have some experience navigating some of the social factors that are influential in environmental issues. While not required, some knowledge of postmodernism would be a benefit as well. These three areas (ecological science, environmentalism, and postmodernism) form the foundation of this course, so the more background you have in them, the easier you will find the material. If you are new to university level courses, this course is not for you.