Summer Course – EPSE 588 (3) Indigenous Pathways Through Social and Emotional Learning

EPSE 588 (3) Indigenous Pathways Through Social and Emotional Learning (Online Hybrid of asynchronous and synchronous)

Summer 2B, July 4 – 31, 2023
Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30am – 1:00pm
Dr. Johanna Sam,

We express our deep gratitude to the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people for us, at UBC Vancouver campus, to engage digitally on their unceded land. This advanced seminar is designed for graduate students with a background in Indigenous Knowledges and/or social and emotional learning (SEL).

Course Description:

This course focuses on Indigenous Pathways Through Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to engage graduate students with an introduction to supporting social relatedness through Indigenous knowledges, traditions and languages, perspective-taking and other areas of holistic learning. This course addresses Indigenous knowledge as a fundamental component of SEL. Indigenous peoples have always had their own knowledge systems and teachings to promote and maintain social and emotional wellness. The teachings, learning processes, and means to share this information were embedded in life lessons, taught from birth to death. Indigenous people have passed on intergenerationally knowledge related to living together well, living a good life, and shared responsibilities and obligations among others.

This course will give educators “Two-Eyed Seeing” skills and strategies for weaving back and forth between Western and Indigenous knowledges for promoting social emotional development. Through experiential activities, graduate students will deepen their own self-awareness, empathy, and social skills, which will enrich their own understanding of Indigenous knowledges in SEL. For instance, storytelling, sharing circles, and experiential learning were and are Indigenous ways of knowing to teach and promote social and emotional wellness.  Students will develop their own cultural understanding for promoting SEL in and out of schools, through reflection, experience, Circles, and creating the path that best fits their unique communities.  While much of the course will focus on K-12 education, there will be opportunities for students to read about and apply their learning to a variety of settings and levels.

This course will be held on Canvas and include both synchronous and asynchronous portions. Students can expect to attend class synchronously for approximately half of the course hours. It is expected that students will have their cameras on (whenever possible) during the synchronous portions of class, so that we can create a sense of belonging in digital spaces.

Registration Date:

*This course is also offered in Winter Term 2, January 2 – March 31, 2024 | Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-4:00 pm