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Summer Institute 2018 dates are TBD.

Summer Institutes

Summer Institutes 2017

Aboriginal Spirituality and Healing Ways

This institute works with Anishinaabe elders or traditional teachers and exposes students to cultural and spiritual concepts. Emphasis is on Anishinaabe teachings, though other Aboriginal approaches may be offered. Courses include a field trip component.

Building a Community Commons

This institute offers an experiential and problem-based learning environment for studying the sociology of food and agriculture, provides guidance in participatory film-methods and community project proposal development. Students have the opportunity to work with community partners, be applied and action-oriented and leave a real world impact.

Coaching Theory and Practice – Women’s Soccer (Community Level 1)

The Bison Coaching Summer Institutes offer in-depth coach education that can be used towards the National Coaching Certification Program. Each institute provides 6 credit hours of coach theory embedded within experiential hands-on learning and seminar type discussion, and is infused with guest contributions from sport scholars and experts.

Education for Sustainability

The United Nations have declared 2005-2014 the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development; the Council of Ministers of Education Canada has declared Education for Sustainable Development to be one of eight key educational priorities for student learning in Canada; and the Manitoba Government has identified Education for Sustainable Development as one of five Priority Action Areas in K-12 schooling. Working toward a sustainable future has become a recognized societal and personal responsibility. Education plays a crucial role in this responsibility.

Social Innovation in Career Development

In this institute, students will be supported through guided research to (a) determine the scale and scope of career related problems they will take on, (b) utilize social innovation/entrepreneurship tools to explore the effectiveness of current career development solutions for marginalized youth, (c) design interventions that will support new solutions or replace old ones and (d) test the innovative interventions they designed.

This institute will bring together stakeholders (i.e. University students, representatives of marginalized populations targeted in the course, career development and community based practitioners, as well as scholars from the fields of Counseling Psychology, Social Justice and Social innovation) to evaluate plausible change strategies related to ways by which youth from marginalized backgrounds can be better supported to build their capacity during their career development journeys.

Human Rights Education: A Partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

An examination of the theories, topics, and issues in relation to human rights education, particularly within the context of the establishment of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). These courses will be an opportunity to critically explore issues related to and portrayed through the museum’s exhibits, specifically democracy, freedom, and human rights. We will consider notions of story and narrative in order to ask questions such as: What and whose stories get told? By whom? and For what purpose(s)? We will use these questions as lenses to critically reflect on our own practice as teachers and educational leaders, to consider the stories that our education system, our schools, and we as educators tell, via curriculum, material and resource decisions, and portrayals of oppression. The purpose is to bring to the fore the difficult issues related human rights and how as educators we can better understand these in attempts to teach and lead human rights education.

Understanding Karl Marx’s Capital Vol. 1

Marx’s Capital Vol. 1, the only volume of his magnum opus to be published in his lifetime, arguably constitutes the most important work critically analysing the workings of the capitalist system that we live under. Its core concepts−inter alia, commodity, money and exchange, labour, labour power, value, relative and absolute surplus value, accumulation, and primitive accumulation−underpin Marx’s materialist approach to history and to the class structure of society. They are deployed in critical approaches across a range of disciplines, have influenced many key thinkers in the social sciences as well as many decisive social and political actors around the world. This course involves a close reading of this 1000 plus page work, aiming to familiarise the student with the work and its structure, focuses on a clear understanding of these core concepts, their interconnection in Marx’s wider critique of political economy and analysis of capitalism, their historical significance, and their utility to critical analyses today.