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.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
TBA - Kris Archie $0.00 0 -

Course schedule: This course is offered via online-supported delivery. Access opens on the first date listed to allow you to complete pre-readings and assignments in preparation for your first class. Virtual classes begin on the second date listed and run from 10 am to 3 pm PT. The course will end one week after the final date listed to allow time to complete a final assignment. 

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will 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 will I learn?

  • Pre-readings and assignments
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

Who should take this course?

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the principles and concepts of dialogue and civic engagement. It is suitable for learners who do not have previous experience of dialogue and civic or community engagement.

How will I be evaluated?

You will receive guidance and feedback on assignments.  

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page. 

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“When you start to listen to people deeply, when you don't rush in with your own views and you’re willing to suspend your certainty about a situation and really hear people out, you’ll find that incredible, magical things do happen.” —Joanna Ashworth

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