The purpose of this course is to introduce a variety of perspectives, methods, and skills that will help when dealing with the human aspect of ecological restoration. It is not enough for us to just be restoration scientists, but to engage with various community members about why we should restore them. The term "stakeholder" is used to identify a person or group with interest in an issue, but it implies little direct power. Rather, developing partnerships - relationships with people or groups that have shared responsibility - is key. Skills for interacting with stakeholders and partners are needed for every aspect of our future careers from dealing with coworkers, attracting volunteers, and advising decision-makers.
The course will include discussions regarding the role of nature in our dominant culture and possible barriers to communicating environmental messages and facilitating action. We will then move to explore different levels of communication, our internal communication, small groups, and working with different publics and the media. We will also include some dispute resolution as a case where communication is difficult or emotionally charged. The focus of this course will be built upon existing skills and experiences to develop personal approaches to communication.
The Fall 2022 offering will be a blended format consisting of online synchronous learning on Mondays from 11:00am to 2:00pm and two face to face days in Victoria on November 5 & 6.
Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.
If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, including UVic and Letter of Permission students from RRU and TRU, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) before registering.
Tuition and fee payment
RNS Diploma students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid to UVic Tuition.
RNS Certificate students pay the full course tuition upon registration.
Course fees will be fully refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 business days* prior to the start date of a course. After that, a non-refundable fee of $50.00 will be charged in addition to the regular UVic fee reduction deadlines listed in the UVic Calendar https://web.uvic.ca/calendar/general/dates.html. This non-refundable fee policy will take effect January 1st, 2019.
*A business day is considered an official work day and does not include statutory holidays or weekends.
If you drop the course on the first day - 100% tuition refund
If you drop the course on the second day - 50% tuition refund
If you drop the course on the third day - Withdraw without penalty of failure, no refund
If you drop the course after the third day you will receive an “F” grade, and no refund.
Course withdrawal: students wishing to withdraw from a course—for any reason—must do so by contacting the program office at email@example.com.
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.