Fall 2021: Semester by the Salish Sea - Explorations in Reciprocity and Care
Full-time, 15 credits (DIAL 390W, 391W & 392W).
Program dates: September - December 2021.
Applications are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis.
*Students who have completed credits for DIAL 393 and DIAL 394 are not eligible to participate in the program.*
The Fall 2021 Semester in Dialogue brings together engaged students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to explore our relationship as urban residents with the ocean. This full time 13 week program will dive deep into the ecology, history and political realities of living in a coastal city on the edge of the Salish Sea. We will explore a wide range of issues connected to blue urbanism, sea level rise, coastal development and ocean life. Students will work on a project connected to a local not for profit/local government related to their interests.
The semester will be an immersive, team learning environment combining interdisciplinary skills with the complexity of collaborating within a group setting. The course combines the processes of dialogue and human centred design. Students will engage with communities and research existing issues in order to design projects to improve the world around them. Students are encouraged to bring an open mind about project scope to the program.
Students will cultivate the skills necessary to conduct dialogues, public presentations, and multi-stakeholder discussions. The course offers facilitation and dialogue experience, field experiences, reflective writing, on-the-ground training, leadership development, group process, and project management skills.
The course will take place at SFU Harbor Centre Campus Monday thru Friday 9:30-3:30. Boots for walking along the ocean shore required.
Poster design by Ronnie Dean Harris: artist, performer, researcher and facilitator based in Stō:lo Territory.