CSA Pre-Conference on Teaching: Experiential Learning Across our Discipline

A one-day pre-conference workshop focused exploring different ways of incorporating experiential learning in different course contexts and at different curriculum levels

Co-sponsors: University of British Columbia, Department of Sociology and the Canadian Sociology Association

June 2, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
UBC Vancouver campus

**Participation is open to faculty and graduate students registered Canadian Sociological Association Congress delegates.**

Fee includes a catered lunch and light refreshments:

Faculty – $40 + GST

Students – $20 + GST
Students in financial need may apply for a bursary.  Contact us before registering.

Registrations will be accepted until May 30, 2019 or once the spaces have been filled.



Barish Golland, Training Lead, UBC Integrated Renewal Program

Kerry Greer, UBC Department of Sociology

Thomas Kemple, UBC Department of Sociology

Katherine Lyon, UBC Department of Sociology and Vantage College

Kyle Nelson, Centre for Community Engaged Learning

Oral Robinson, UBC Department of Sociology

Guy Stecklov, UBC Department of Sociology



9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Orientation to the Day 

Land acknowledgement, welcome, and overview of the plan for the day.

9:15 – 10:15 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.

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:30  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!

11:30 – 12:00  Discussion / Network Break

12:00 – 1:00    Working lunch: UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning 

Community Engaged or Community based experiential learning can support students engage questions central to Sociology – questions of equality, justice, power, privilege, and identity.  To create a challenging yet supportive learning environment for students strong relationships must exist between faculty members and partners in the community.  This working lunch will explore the necessary principles and tools to build and sustain healthy partnerships built on trust, reciprocity and good communication.  Come prepared to learn from others, and walk away with tools, frameworks and course design ideas to improve your partnership development practice.

1:00 – 1:45      Walking Tour

Details pending

1:45 – 2:45 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.

2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:00  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. 

“This was one of the first classes I have taken in which I have had to do something ‘real’ – in the sense of interviewing an alumni and reporting on their life experience.” (1st Year Student)

4:00 – 4:30      Closing Reflections


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