Haida Gwaii
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Haida Gwaii Online Learning Fall 2020

September 8th to December 4th, 2020

The Haida Gwaii Institute (HGI) is adapting select courses to be offered online this fall. Continue working on your education from the comfort and safety of your own home, while drawing lessons and insight from Haida Gwaii. In staying true to the HGI mission of providing transformative education inspired by Haida Gwaii, and our values, including our community and place-based approach to education, our online courses will draw upon lessons from Haida Gwaii using many of the same pedagogical approaches as our face to face programs. While we can’t extend an invitation to study with us in person at this time, we are working to showcase elements of HGI’s transformative education in a creative and engaging online platform.



Eligibility & Online Teaching and Learning Approach

Our courses are 300-level or third year, which means they cater to individuals with at least two years of post-secondary experience who are comfortable with the workload that comes with upper division courses. However, we do not have any set pre-requisites and as such our courses are open to individuals with other kinds of academic, personal, or professional experience that would make them well suited candidates for these courses. If you are interested in the content and committed to the learning process, we invite you to register. For questions or to discuss your eligibility, please reach out to our team at hg.institute@ubc.ca

For each online course we will be implementing a balanced approach of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including live lectures, guest speakers, group discussions and activities, blended with online self-directed learning, and exploration of case studies. Synchronous sessions will happen weekly over the course of the term. We will also provide virtual tours of places such as the Haida Gwaii Museum and Haida Heritage Centre, where our face-to-face Skidegate classroom is located, as well as a selection of other field sites, such as Spirit Lake Trail, and the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary.

You can register for one course, or register for all three. There is no requirement to take all the courses. There are limited available seats in these courses and we encourage you to register early. We will confirm your registration on a first come first served basis, until all seats are full and/or until July 13th, 2020. To register, simply fill out this registration form, and a member of the HGI Team will respond to you within one business day.

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HGSE 370 - Introduction to Resilience Theory in Community

Weekly synchronous classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12:00pm Pacific

This course introduces students to foundations of resilience theory. The course explores the theory of social-ecological resilience as applied to cross-cultural community settings. Resilience will be examined across different scales: from individuals, households, communities, and beyond. That said, the focus in this course will be community and, as such, a resilience analysis will require an understanding of the historical evolution of a social-ecological system.


HGSE 371 - Re-storying History: Indigenous Perspectives

Weekly synchronous classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30pm to 2:00pm Pacific

This course explores the diversity of Indigenous peoples of British Columbia and Canada and their unique histories. It begins with origin stories and oral histories and moves on to the histories and relationships that these Indigenous groups have with the federal, provincial, and territorial governments.


HGSE 359 - Ecosystem Based Management Seminar

Weekly synchronous classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00am to 10:00am Pacific

Ecosystem based management (EBM) is “an adaptive approach to managing human activities that seeks to ensure the coexistence of healthy, fully functioning ecosystems and human communities” (Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area Plan, 2017). While the concept of EBM is well established in the academic literature, there remains a wide gap between theory and practice. Haida Gwaii provides rich examples, both terrestrial and marine, through which to analyse benefits and challenges of applying EBM in a real-world setting.