Critical Environmental Education Cohort

    Group of Students around Campfire

    This program explores core themes and issues of relational learning, social and environmental justice,local and global tensions and possibilities, and literature and the arts in learning.

    Program Delivery: This two-year cohort program operates through a blended delivery format that allows study at a distance. Three two to three-week face-to-face summer institutes in Anti-Racist Education, Place and Socio-ecological Experience, and Ecology and Wisdom will be offered in the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2013. Fall and winter semesters in 2011/12 and 2012/13 include one online course per semester that can be taken at a distance. This is a course-based masters involving 10 three-credit courses in total.

    Experiential Learning: The degree includes a strong focus on experiential learning, with two of the three Summer Institutes offered off campus. The Place and Socio-ecological Experience Summer Institute will include a week-long Urban Education course focused in Saskatoon's Core and other downtown Neighborhoods, and a week-long Land-based Education course on a Saskatchewan river. The Ecology and Wisdom Summer Institute will also be largely experiential and will be held at the Kenderdine Arts and Ecology Centre at Emma Lake. Some online courses will also include self-directed experiential components.

    Critical Learning: The courses offer interdisciplinary study focused on integrated social and ecological justice issues, with a strong anti-racist and anti-oppressive component as well as experiential eco aspects. The degree provides a strong theoretical and experiential basis for critical environmental and ecological action including applications to policy, curriculum and assessment, research methods and pedagogical strategies.

    --- Next Cohort to begin Summer of 2014 ---

    Current Cohort Course Offerings

    EIND 852.3: Theory and Practice of Anti-Racist Education

    EFDT 885.3: Investigations in Culture and Environment

    EFDT 990.0: Graduate Student Seminar

    EFDT 870.3: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Foundations of Education

    ERES 800.3: Research Methods

    EFDT 478.3: Urban Education

    EFDT 479.3: Land-based Education

    EFDT 898.3: Life History as Education

    EFDT 881.3: Education Wisdom Nature

    ECUR 898.3: Critical Eco Curriculum and Assessment

    Course offerings may be substituted at the discretion of the department head.

    Anti-Racism Summer Institute 2011:(July 4-22, Saskatoon)

    EIND 852.3: Theory and Practice of Anti-Racist Education: examines the historical, economic and political processes and practices of racialization, and the ways in which these processes and their effects become entrenched in our social and educational institutions. Theories and practices of integrative anti-racist education will be explored, including its applications in a variety of work places.

    EFDT 885.3: Investigations in Culture and Environment: this course encourages thoughtful and critical engagement with a range of literatures and experiences related to what it means to develop understandings and actions concerned with the ecological. Through exploring a breadth and diversity of sources in areas such as cultural geography, sociology, philosophy, postcolonial studies, environmental justice, the arts, and education; participants will be able to develop more in-depth and comprehensive understandings of related fields of inquiry and to draw insights for their own life and work practices.

    EFDT 990.0: Graduate Student Seminar: required non-credit introductory course into graduate research.

    September-December 2011 (Online)

    EFDT 870.3: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Foundations of Education: a consideration of important educational issues from the anthropological, comparative, historical, philosophical and sociological points of view and the possible implications for a comprehensive theory of education.

    January-April 2012 (Online)

    ERES 800.3: Research Methods: introduction to research methods, with special reference to research in Education. The basic principles of research, both quantitative and qualitative, are discussed. Skills necessary for the production of research proposals are developed, e.g. techniques for surveying the research literature, and the collection and analysis of data.

    Place and Socio-ecological Experience Summer Institute 2012:(2 weeks in July, Saskatoon & River)

    EFDT 478.3: Urban Education ( Sunday July 8 - Friday July 13 ): focuses on how urban experiential and community-based learning can contribute to both personal and educational decolonization and reinhabitation in relation to social and ecological justice issues in a Saskatchewan context. Participants will be introduced to critical eco pedagogical theories and practices, with a particular focus on urban issues and spaces such as Aboriginal and settler youth cultures and orientations to place and environmental issues, environmental justice and racism, schoolyard greening and urban gardening, and various other facets of community-based learning and engagement.

    EFDT 479.3: Land-based Education ( Monday July 16 - Saturday July 21 ): focuses on how outdoor experiential and place-based learning can contribute to both personal and educational decolonization and reinhabitation in relation to social and ecological justice issues in a Saskatchewan context. This course builds on the frameworks for experiential and place-based learning developed in Urban Education pre-requisite course, and extends them to consider unique issues and opportunities that arise in outdoor education environments. The course covers topics such as trip preparation and group travel, exploring the five senses in learning, using art and poetry in ecological learning, decolonizing place and the historical site visits, the history of Aboriginal and settler peoples in the course area, natural history and species identification, nature sketching, framing and debriefing effective solo experiences, and connecting place-based learning to the curricular content areas.

    September-December 2012

    EFDT 898.3: Life History as Education: explores memoir, autobiography, auto-ethnography, and contemporary fiction as means to study the discursive construction of identities in diverse social and political contexts.  The course is designed to have a broad appeal to students in the Department as it builds on several of its thematic areas of study: environment and place, anti-racism, and adult and lifelong learning (how is identity formed in relation to place/ ideologies of place, the differential valuing of human life and animal/plant life, and the politics of memory in understanding individual and social identities).

    January-April 2013 (Online)


    Ecology and Wisdom Summer Institute 2013: (1 week in Saskatoon and 1 week at Kenderdine campus at Emma Lake in July)

    EFDT 881.3: Education Wisdom Nature: traces the concept of wisdom from earliest times through a decline in interest during the Enlightenment to its present-day resurgence among feminist theologians, deep ecologists, and First Nations peoples. Conceptions of wisdom and their emotional and cognitive preconditions are explored. Educational implications are considered.

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