Facing Human Wrongs 2.0: Climate Complexity and Relational Accountability
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.
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.
For the general offering, optional synchronous tutorials on Zoom will be offered on Sundays from 10:00-11:30 am PST or 12:00-1:30 pm PST during the course dates. And for the BPOC offering, the optional synchronous tutorials on Zoom will be on Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 am PST. The tutorials will be recorded for later viewing.
The course sections for November listed below are open to all those who are interested. Please note that there will be an additional November section open for BPOC individuals. Registration for the BPOC caucus group will open on October 16. Please subscribe to the mailing list at the bottom of this page to receive notifications.
This course includes a sliding fee scale. When registering, please select the fee type that applies to you.
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)
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
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
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.
Online learning is when course delivery, and all associated learning activities, take place via the internet. For online learning tips, system requirements and differences between delivery styles, please visit our online learning webpages.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
Within 10 calendar days of the start date, a student who has started the course and needs to withdraw may do so and receive an 80% course fee refund.
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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