Canadian Sociological Association
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Pre-Conference on Teaching: Experiential Learning Across our Discipline

The Canadian Sociological Association, in partnership with the University of British Columbia, Department of Sociology is pleased to invited faculty and graduate students to attend the 2019 Pre-Conference on Teaching: Experiential Learning Across our Discipline. 

Attendees will engage in a series of conversations on topics related to the practice and theory of experiential learning in a variety of different contexts. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend.  Space is limited and registrations will be considered on a first come basis.

Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus, Allard Hall (Details will be provided to registered participants)

Cost: Includes a catered lunch and light refreshments

  • $40 faculty
  • $20 graduate students

A limited number of student bursaries are available.  Please contact us to apply before registering.

Agenda Includes:

  • Experiential Learning: A Pedagogical Approach for Teaching and Learning Sociology

A review of different ways of designing and implementing curricular based high-impact experiential learning experiences in community-based settings.

  •  Experiential Learning with Diverse Students: Cultivating Shared Reference Points

How do you teach when everyone brings different learning experiences and cultural contexts to the classroom? Creating common experiences is one solution!

  • Working lunch: UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning

Experiential learning engages questions central to Sociology – questions of equality, justice, power, privilege, and identity. It also provides opportunities for students to learn about their social world by engaging with it. During this workshop we will shift the conversation to consider how experiential learning promotes relationships with community, and how faculty can work to build strong, respectful, and supportive relationships.

  • Walking Tour (Details pending)
  • Liberating Structures for Reflexive Learning and Generating Collective Responses

The relationship between academic knowledge, personal practices and everyday experiences is sometimes fuzzy for students. We introduce Liberating Structures (LS) as a tool to help unlock students’ agentic responses to social concerns via a range of classroom activities. LS are a collection of facilitation strategies that organize interactions in a way to optimize inclusivity in developing solutions and generating innovation. In this workshop, we demonstrate how LS can be used to challenge students’ critical thinking, encourage reflections/evaluations of personal practices, develop communal solutions and change engagements with communities.

  • Creating Multiple Partnerships in the Off-Campus Classroom: Field Schools and Global Seminars

With a focus on the Urban Ethnographic Field School, and with some comparisons to the Global Seminar in Guatemala, this workshop reflects on the role of instructors in facilitating collaborations between students and community partners in settings outside the community campus. 


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