|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||Jan. 29, 2014|
University of Victoria
AC-5: Immersive Experience
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Assoicate Vice President Academic Planning
Vice President Academic & Provost
Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:
Hakai Field School
-- The Geography program hosts an annual field school at the Hakai Beach Institute in Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv Territories on the central coast of British Columbia. Students learn how western science, traditional knowledge – and especially their interaction – can contribute to an understanding of how people use, study, and manage resources. Special focus is given to wildlife, fish, and medicinal resources important to local indigenous people.
--The Law program hosts a field course taught at the Hakai Institute on Calvert Island that explores the structures of law and policy that shape environmental governance using case studies of Aboriginal rights and title, oceans governance, the use of environmental science in law (fisheries management and enforcement, mining or forestry), species at risk and shared decision making in the coastal environment.
Cascadia Sustainability Field School
-- The Geography program hosts an annual field school where students travel from Victoria to San Francisco studying urban and regional sustainability. Students are offered the unique opportunity of learning in the field from local planners, academics, and activists who are responding to the daunting ecological, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century.
Redfish School of Change
-- The Redfish School of Change is an interactive and experiential field school designed for undergraduate students interested in food security, ecological sustainability, and social equity. Over the course of five weeks, students in this interdisciplinary leadership program live and learn in some of the most beautiful places in British Columbia, working alongside local food producers and ecological restorationists, and engaging with experts in the fields of environment and social justice. By accepting only sixteen students each year, the program can provide customized instruction and support that helps students flourish and develop the capacity and confidence to lead your home community on the environmental issues that matter most to them.
The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:
UVic has several programs that should be considered sustainability immersion experiences. The Department of Geography conducts several sustainability focused field schools, the Faculty of Law conducts one, and the School of Environmental Studies conducts another. These programs run between 1 to 5 weeks in length and have been in operation for several years.
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