Dialogue and Engagement: Principles and Concepts

Public engagement is often touted as the solution to complex problems facing our communities. How do we know which approach to choose, how do we engage in an inclusive and equitable manner, and how do we do this without causing harm?

In this course, you will establish a foundation for the essentials of dialogue and civic engagement by learning some key frameworks. You'll consider the power dynamics involved in engagement, and learn how to identify the right dialogue process for different issues and contexts. You will also explore how knowledge of self influences practice and is integral to increased inclusion and accessibility in dialogue and engagement work.


Location: Online
Duration: 3 days
Tuition: $700
Can be applied to:
Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateWed, Sep 6, 2023
  • Wed, Sep 6, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Thu, Sep 7, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Fri, Sep 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
InstructorKris Archie
Seats Available20

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Identify key frameworks and definitions for public engagement and dialogue
  • Critically analyse and critique the principles and foundations of dialogue and civic engagement
  • Choose and apply appropriate frameworks to your dialogue and civic engagement context
  • Begin to articulate a case for the dialogue and civic engagement practice in your particular context
  • Develop a strategy for the foundations of your dialogue and civic engagement practice 

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Advance readings
  • Assignments to be completed outside of scheduled class times
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments 

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.