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Facing Human Wrongs 2.0: Climate Complexity and Relational Accountability


Course description

This six-week online intensive course was designed to guide you through an exploration of the ongoing systemic violence we perpetuate towards one another and the planet we are part of. This transformative journey aims to support you in processing your responses, moving away from guilt and shame, and cultivating a compass of sobriety, maturity, discernment, and responsibility. This course provides an innovative pedagogy where you are offered tools to gradually expand your capacity to confront difficult and painful issues without demanding quick fixes or feeling overwhelmed and immobilized. These tools will also support you in navigating complexity and holding space for uncertainty, ambivalence and paradoxes. In this course, we invite you to "dig deeper and relate wider" in a life-long and life-wide inquiry about how we can show up to each other and to the planet differently in these challenging times.

The course expands on the invitations of the book "Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity’s Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism" and the work of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Collective. Half of the proceeds of the course will be redistributed to the Indigenous communities in South America (Huni Kui, Tremembé, Pitaguary and Fulni-ô Indigenous communities) of the land and water protectors who have inspired and supported the pedagogical intent and approach of this course.

This course is certified by CIFAL Victoria. CIFAL provides certification for training courses that build the capabilities of individuals and communities towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Participants who successfully complete this course are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion co-signed by UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) and CIFAL Victoria.


This is an asynchronous online course which means that there are no live class times each week and you are not required to be online each day- usually three times a week is adequate and you do not need to be online at any particular day or time to participate. You’ll engage with the course content through the online learning platform we use called Brightspace and all that is required is connection to the internet.

Course fee

This course includes a sliding fee scale. When registering, please select the fee type that applies to you.

  1. Base fee: The base course fee is $650 CAD (with 50% of net proceeds redistributed to Indigenous-led projects in the amazon and Northeast of Brazil)

  2. Pay-it-forward fee: Please consider paying 50% more ($975 CAD) to contribute towards the participation of more people if you:
    • Have the ability to comfortably meet all your basic needs and have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education, social class or other forms of privilege
    • belong to a sponsoring organization, are employed full-time or work part-time by choice
    • own the home you live in, have investments, retirement accounts, inherited money, or have access to family money and resources in times of needs
    • travel recreationally

  3. Reduced fee: You can also choose the reduced fee ($325 CAD) if you:
    • Have difficulty covering basic expenses for you and/or your family
    • have medical expenses not covered by insurance
    • are an elder with limited financial support

Learning objectives

Students who take this course will be supported to:

  • Enhance Critical Awareness: Articulate how historical and systemic violence, unsustainability, interdependence, and complexity manifest in their specific areas of work, fostering a deeper understanding of the underlying issues and challenges they face;
  • Navigate Global Justice Challenges: Develop skills to better navigate the complexities and paradoxes inherent in global justice challenges, enabling a more nuanced, informed, and accountable approach to addressing these complex issues;
  • Process Complicity in Harm: Build strategies to process and gain insight from different responses that arise from the realization of complicity in perpetuating harm, cultivating emotional resilience and a constructive approach towards intellectual depth, generosity and accountability;
  • Foster Engagement With Multiple Worldviews: Expand frames of reference by recognizing and valuing contributions from different knowledge systems, encouraging a more pluralistic approach to problem-posing, problem-solving, relationship building, decision-making and collaboration.


Students must complete the questionnaire "Is the FHW course for me at this point in time?" before taking this course. The questionnaire highlights that the methodology of this course requires participants to be ready to be challenged in their view of themselves and of the world, to navigate the complexity of their own emotions and identities and to embrace ambiguity and uncertainty: the fact that there are no universal answers, formulas, solutions - or course methodologies that can work for everyone. Please take the time to complete the questionnaire to ensure that you understand the unconventional and counter-intuitive approach of the course.

Participants who benefit the most from this course are those who are looking for experiences where they can

  • be present to and process the harms caused by humanity
  • see themselves as part of humanity, and the whole spectrum of humanity within themselves, including the good, the bad, the ugly and the messed up
  • confront their personal compulsions, problematic patterns of thinking and behaviour, and perceived entitlements, and how they affect their relationships
  • develop (self)compassion and resilience to witness the human predicament in the long haul

Please note that if you fit any of the situations below, the course is not recommended for you.

  • If you have a type of neuro-divergence that requires a substantial sense of certainty and control.
  • If you are a survivor of abuse who is actively working through trauma that requires extensive support.
  • If you are looking for a community that can validate your opinions and meet your expectations for individual care, attention and belonging.

The course offers an opportunity to redefine community beyond human relationships and to interrupt conditioned patterns of relationship building that demand transactional validation, which can be essential in creating healthy relationships beyond the course.

Facing Human Wrongs: Depth education design training

Those who complete this course are eligible to apply for the course "Depth Education Course Design" professional development for educators and artists offered in August 2024 and January 2025 (synchronous session dates- TBD) led by Dr. Vanessa Andreotti. Registration for this course will open in June.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).


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