Global seminars

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Want to study abroad, but prefer to travel and study with a group? Is there a particular region or topic you want to learn more about that isn’t currently offered through other UBC programs? A Global Seminar might be the right choice for you.

Global Seminars are each unique in terms of location, course content, length, and cost.

Imagine the amazing learning opportunities…studying geographical migration patterns in Spain and Morocco or learning about sustainable food systems in Italy.

Global Seminars offer you the chance to take UBC credit courses taught by UBC faculty members in an international location. These programs run in the summer but can still allow you to return home and have a summer job.

Come to an information session to learn more. Information sessions will be held in late November and early December.

Global health practicum: Ghana

Applications are now open for this program. 

Please complete the Nursing Application Form and submit it to Go Global through our application portal. Please log in to Gateway and search for “Nursing GSP” and it will request the form during your application.

UBC Okanagan undergraduate nursing students have the opportunity to work with diverse populations internationally in low- and middle-income countries. This consolidated practice experience is designed to provide opportunities for students to integrate, consolidate, and expand on concepts from previous learning.

This practicum will be in Ghana, with a focus on community development, providing students the opportunity to gain insight into global health issues and cultural safety.

Students choosing to participate in this practicum will work in a variety of settings, including: rural and remote community health clinics, government funded health centres, school and university settings, and a number of non-government organizations.

International practice placements cannot be guaranteed. If circumstances or political situations change, the experience may be cancelled, or students may be called back from the experience. If this occurred you would complete NRSG 434 in Canada and we would do our best to fully refund you of your program fee.

Information Session Presentation (pdf)

The general timeline for this five-week practice placement is early-March to mid-April, 2023 (including travel time). Exact dates will be confirmed by November. Prior to departure there is one week of mandatory seminars (3).

Week one:

Preparatory seminars and labs (Kelowna and then approx. three days travel time to location).

Week two to five:

Practicum begins. Students will be rotated through various settings throughout the four weeks in the country and then a debrief before coming home. Students may continue with personal travel following completion of the practicum in the country.

Practicum should be complete by mid-April.

Review the out of region practice placement guideline (PDF). You must meet the out-of-region requirements to be considered for a Global Health placement. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  • Students in good academic standing that have successfully completed Nursing 431.
  • Membership and evidence of participation in the Global Nursing Citizens club.
  • GPA above 72%.
  • Consistent satisfactory practice in all domains on midterm and final practice evaluations.
  • Exemplary attendance record in practice courses.
  • No records of unprofessional conduct.
  • Proof of current CPR.

If you have any questions about eligibility email Jeanette Vinek from the School of Nursing (jeanette.vinek@ubc.ca).

Program fees will be between $3,600 to $4,000. The final fee is dependent on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • Most on-site transportation
  • Entrance fees*
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fee
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Meals
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

*Cultural performances, national parks entrance (site specific), and other group activities.

NRSG 439 (8):

Global Health Practicum

Advanced practicum provides opportunities to engage in an immersive global health experience in a variety of settings*. Students will practice in collaboration with global health partners. The focus is on application of global health and cultural safety competencies. Pass/Fail.

*Dependent on availability and cost of travel is in addition to course tuition.

Prerequisite: All of NRSG 421, NRSG 422, NRSG 429, NRSG 432, and approval of application

Italy: iNTERPRETING URBAN LANDSCAPES

Information Sessions will be held in October 2022 – stay tuned for more information

Applications for this program will be in December 2022 – stay tuned for the application link

 

Cities are complex entities that tell stories; however, few of us know how to unlock them. To ‘read’ these stories and understand their meaning, one can examine the city through its skyline, its layout and the buildings that frame its streets and spaces. Through the exploration of urban landscapes, this course introduces the various concepts, methods and theories that frame our study of the urban environment over time and space. Students will learn how to observe, analyze and interpret urban landscapes in a historical and contemporary context. By considering urban form as a receptacle of meaning resulting from the rituals of everyday life and the vagaries of history, students will gain an understanding of the forces that have shaped and still shape our cities. By the end of the course, students will not only have the skills needed to interpret cities of the past, but better equipped to plan our contemporary and future cities. 

During the first two weeks, the group will stay at the heart of Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, capital of Tuscany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within walking distance, students will be able to explore famous museums and monuments such the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore started in 1296, the Uffizi Gallery, the Palazzo Pitti and the Ponte Vecchio. The last week will be spent in Rome, in a modern bed and breakfast located in the heart of the city, within walking distance to the Trevi fountain, the Colosseo and many more monuments of interest. 

 

Teaching Dates: May 8-26, 2023

Arrival: May 7, 2023

Week one:

Introduction to urban morphology and landscapes with an emphasis on methodologies pertaining to urban land use and architectural analysis. The group will familiarise itself with the city of Florence by applying basic observational skills. Field excursion to Fiesole, Montespertoli, Certaldo and San Gimignano.

Week two:

A deeper exploration of Florence, using the skills honed during the first week, to read the city through historical, cultural, social and economic lenses. Field excursion to Bologna, home of the oldest university in the world. Guest lecture on the evolution of architecture and urban form in the Po valley. 

Week three:

Contrast the Renaissance city to the Baroque city through several excursions in Rome. Study the influence of the Catholic Church on Rome’s urban structure; examine the impact of industrialization and the recuperation of industrial districts into creative economy spaces.

A background in urban geography, architecture, art history or community planning is an asset but is not mandatory. 

Program fees TBD.

*The final program fee depends on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students qualifying for the Go Global Award (e.g. those students with a 70% average from the best nine credits during the 2021-22 academic year). If you have any pass/fail courses, we will assess your average with advice from your faculty.

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • On-site group transportation
  • Some meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fees
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Remainder of meals (kitchen on site)
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, and souvenirs, etc.

GEOG 491 (3 credits):

Special Topics in Sustainability: Interpretation of Urban Landscapes

By focusing on the interpretation of urban landscapes in an historical and contemporary context, students will understand that the complex interaction between time, technology, social interactions and cultural forces produce cities that are carved in and through physical spaces, but also through spaces of production and consumption. By the end of the course, students should have a solid grasp of how cities function and evolve. 

Bernard Momer, PhD

Bernard MomerLooking back, it doesn’t seem much of a stretch I ended up teaching urban geography and community planning. When I was kid, I spent endless hours creating extensive road networks and cities in a pile of dirt sitting at the back corner of my parent’s property. When my intentions of studying medicine didn’t work out, the natural path was to study urban geography and planning. Days after I graduated from the University of Ottawa in May 1991, I flew to Europe to reconnect with my roots and explore the cities I dreamt of visiting while sitting in the classroom. During that trip, I became fascinated with urban landscapes and how one can interpret them by mixing bits of historical knowledge with some architectural and planning theory. Fast forward several years and imagine my excitement when I got the opportunity to teach my first Go Global course in Florence and Rome in 2016 and share some of their secrets with a group of students. I am looking forward to returning to these two historically rich cities in the spring of 2023 with another group.  

My interest in cultural and urban landscapes led to research on the wine regions of North America and the role of culture in shaping cities while my expertise in urban planning guides research in urban morphology and design, with a focus on the Renaissance period. Never turning down an opportunity to experience new places, I have travelled extensively in Europe, North America and Australia; always searching for the best bakery and the perfect photo opportunity. When not teaching or conducting research, I am serving my second term as Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Development in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Tanzania:
Community, creativity, and communications

Information Sessions will be held in October 2022 – stay tuned for more information

Applications for this program will be in December 2022 – stay tuned for the application link

What does travel and reading local literatures enable us to explore — about not only the places and people we encounter, but also about ourselves? How are places represented and people’s stories told — or not told? How can sharing diverse ideas and perspectives lead to understanding and mutual benefits across disciplines and across cultures? How can creative and cultural production inspire social change and community building, both locally and interculturally? 

Students participating in the Go Global East Africa program will explore such questions, while benefiting from experiential learning in Tanzania that considers a vast range of cultural perspectives, creative works, social initiatives, educational models, and community-building strategies. 

From excursions to artisans’ collectives and local markets to visits at local schools and conversations with East African educators, students will have opportunities to learn from a variety of grassroots perspectives. Program participants will gain further cultural insights via author visits and opportunities for one-on-one conversations with leading-edge East African writers, land rights activists, and social justice leaders. Students will also have opportunities to explore uncontested wildlife reserves. 

Beyond the official program, those who wish to stay in the region after the in-country program concludes may choose to participate in an additional, optional excursions, as the final three weeks of the course are by distance education. Options beyond the program range from a Mount Kilimanjaro climb or a visit to the island of Zanzibar. Our hosts and guides in East Africa are happy to help with arrangements so that everyone can experience the journey of a lifetime. 

With coursework plus plenty of opportunities for self-directed academic pursuits and/or creative projects, students in the Go Global East Africa program will immerse themselves in diverse experiences, while developing a range of interdisciplinary and intercultural communication skills. 

For some information on previous Global Seminar Programs that have run to Tanzania, view the video below. Note: this year’s focus will be different from previous years.

Teaching Dates: May 9 – 26, 2023

Arrival: May 8, 2023

Week one: 

  • Orientation to the Nguruma Village, Tanzanian culture and educational systems, and Kiswahili language.
  • Excursions to local schools, markets, artisans’ workshops, coffee-growing regions, family farms, and ecological reserves, with experiences ranging from cooking traditional foods to writing and photography.

Week two:

  • Workshops on writing skill development and interdisciplinary communications
  • Visit a Maasai village and learn about Maasai ways of life
  • Guest visit and reading from a Maasai land rights activist and poet artivist, to understand the current oppression of the Maasai people 
  • Wildlife safari at the uncontested Tarangire ecological reserve, famed for its elephants and giraffes 

 Week three:

  • Immersion in a Chagga village, including rare experiences to become involved with traditional dancing and songs performed by elders, and opportunities to exchange ideas with residents of all ages
  • Hiking and overnight camping at Mount Kilimanjaro’s Shira Plateau 
  • Author visits, guest speakers/performances, and conversations with leading East African authors and social activists from Kenya  
  • Workshops on writing and interdisciplinary communications, with individualized feedback from the Program Director 
  • Goodbye lunch to wrap up the official program 

Week four (**optional**):

  • Additional trusted contacts and resources for student wishing to go on a longer safari, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, or pursue travels in neighbouring regions, such as the island of Zanzibar, will be provided for those interested. 

All weeks of the program will include:

  • Learning from guest speakers, authors, land rights activists, and human rights leaders; 
  • Excursions and involvement with cultural, artistic, environmental, and/or social initiatives; 
  • Classroom instruction in writing and communication skills applicable to various disciplines; 
  • Reading and discussion of travel writing, East African literature, and diverse forms of creative and cultural production; 
  • Opportunities for student-defined projects and/or creative production; 
  • Options for hiking, biking, creative writing, artistic production, photography, local cuisine, and cultural immersion; 
  • Time and encouragement for self reflection; 
  • Experiences within a small cohort of under 20 UBC students total; and 
  • Individualized one-on-one skill development and meetings with the Program Director. 

Prerequisite: At least one 100-level English course (such as ENGL 112, ENGL 114, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 153, ENGL 155, or ENGL 156) or APSC 176. 

Students from all disciplines and degree programs are encouraged to apply. Students do NOT need extensive literary backgrounds to enjoy and excel in this program, as it is designed to welcome students from all disciplines.

Program fees $TBD*.

*The final program fee depends on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • On-site group transportation
  • Some meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fee
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Remainder of meals
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)

Coursework:

The program is comprised of two courses students will take concurrently. Successful program completion will earn six (6) 300-level arts elective credits during summer Term 1.

ENGL 394B:

Writing a Place, Writing a Self: Travel Writing, Representations of East Africa, and contemporary East African Writing and Cultural Production examines travel writing and portrayals of East Africa in international media, journalism, and film, contrasted alongside contemporary East African literature and cultural productions. Considerations of diverse social issues, educational systems, and environmental challenges – as well as the intersections between cultural production and empowerment – will encourage students to consider the dynamics of how stories and knowledge are created, valued, and shared. Readings, film viewings, response assignments, and opportunities to learn directly from East African writers, cultural producers, and social justice leaders will enhance students’ understanding of East African cultures, cultural productions, and the complicated dynamics of travel and tourism, alongside contemporary issues relevant to local and global communities.

ENGL 394C:

Beyond Borders: Strategies for Interdisciplinary, Intercultural Communications immerses students in local Tanzanian and Kenyan cultures. Opportunities for experiential learning and developing strategies for interdisciplinary and intercultural communication will enable students to advance their own writing and communication skills, specific to their discipline but also with a focus on communicating beyond it. Students will have the opportunity to design and pursue an independent project, which could include a creative project, that reflects their interests and academic trajectory.

** Vancouver students will need to discuss with their advisor how these credits will work towards their degree requirements

Joanna Cockerline is cross-appointed in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Faculty of Management at UBC, Okanagan campus, where she has taught since 2011. She teaches contemporary literature, composition, and communications courses, and is especially enthusiastic about bringing intercultural perspectives into her courses. In 2018, Joanna was nominated by students for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.

Passionate about the insights meaningful connections across cultures can inspire, Joanna has travelled extensively in 14 countries in Africa, as well as in numerous additional continents across the globe.

Joanna’s teaching is further informed by her work as a writer, editor, and communications instructor in the private sector. She works with companies and organizations across a diverse spectrum, from environmental initiatives and engineering firms to not-for-corporate-profit community organizations. She is also deeply involved as a nighttime outreach worker and literacy mentor for a grassroots community organization dedicated to women working and/or living on Kelowna’s streets.

Joanna is a CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Literary Award winner for a short story set in East Africa. She has published fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and journalism in literary journals, newspapers, and national and international magazines, and her upcoming writing has been selected for the International Human Rights Arts literary magazine based out of New York City.

Beyond her love for reading and writing, Joanna enjoys hiking, photography, attempting to cook a variety of cuisines from around the world (with the emphasis on “attempting”!), enjoying the outdoors, and learning from the diverse perspectives of everyone she meets.

Joanna draws upon her connections in East Africa to provide students with opportunities for meaningful experiences and considerations in an intercultural, interdisciplinary context. In addition to the academic investigations, coursework, and creative possibilities the program enables, she looks forward to getting to know each students’ interests and goals to collectively create an incredible experience living and learning together in East Africa.

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  • tanzanian sunset

yucatec MAYAN: protecting traditional language, knowledge, and territory

Information Sessions will be held in October 2022 – stay tuned for more information

Applications for this program will be in December 2022 – stay tuned for the application link

The program seeks to promote the Mayan language and culture through a global seminar with a student-centered community approach. The participating institutions have joined forces to offer students an immersive experience of the Mayan language and culture. It is important to emphasize the community approach that is given to this class – students must appreciate the importance of “community” and be sensitive to the reception and knowledge that is being provided. At the end of this class the student will be able to:  

  1. Write simple phrases in Maya
  2. Understand the effectiveness of Indigenous worldviews, perspectives, and forms of knowledge as the basis for fostering the language, culture, and relationship of Indigenous Peoples with the environment.
  3.  Perform basic social functions, such as:
    1. Say hello and goodbye
    2. Introduce oneself 
    3. Talk about emotions, health, and illness
  4. Discuss the intercultural communication between Indigenous and hegemonic populations.

This program advances UBC’s strategic plan as it fosters global citizenship, a more sustainable and just society, and makes room for the creation of new alliances in areas important to Indigenous peoples such as language, culture, and territory reclamation. Taking into account the local, students will be able to learn about global struggles shared by Indigenous communities, as they learn about emotional and physical health, and the importance of territory. 

The students will be housed in Izamal, Yucatan, and classes will take place at the CECIDHY headquarters. The Center offers teaching services of the Mayan language, as well as the creation of programs that help to disseminate and strengthen the heritage and identity of the Mayan peoples. The Center carries out research and training activities in the areas of competence and dissemination of knowledge among the general public, privileging children, young people, and teachers. Students will also visit Chichen Itza, Wonder of the World, Puc Route, Uxmal, the San Jose Oriente a 100% Mayan speaking community (where students will put their language skills to use), and Playa Lagartos/ Las Coloradas are also contemplated. Guest lectures in Mayan Culture, language, and territories and the national world from Mayan scholars are also included. Additionally, students will learn about traditional Mayan cuisine as they will have the opportunity to make their own “Pib,” while learning about the importance of this traditional dish. 

Teaching Dates: August 7 – 27, 2023

Arrival: August 6, 2023

Week 1 

The course begins with a visit to an archaeological site in Izamal. During the first week students will receive an introduction to Mayan language and culture. Dr. Miguel Vera Lima will teach the class about historical aspects of Izamal. Some of the main cultural points to be discussed during this week are: the importance of the milpa, the meaning of maize for the Mayan peoples, the cardinal points, and numerology. 

Week 2

With the intention of practicing the language and understanding the culture, embroidery, and gastronomy, during week two the class will be visiting the community of San José Oriente. Additionally, this week covers other important aspects of culture; for example, the worldview, relationship with nature and the natural world, the importance of territory / water and defense of water. Dr. Aurelio Sanchez will be visiting the class to provide a wider explanation of the Mayan houses –their architecture and important elements. 

Week 3

During our last week, students will be able to talk about emotions, health and illness, and the vision of life and death. They will learn to prepare pib, one of the traditional dishes of the Mayan culture and recognize its relationship with death. Dr. Lázaro Utz will visit the class to resolve doubts and concerns about this subject. Tentatively, Dr. Marcelina Chan Canché will also visit the class.

Interest in learning aspects of Mayan culture. Interest in the sustainability of the Mayan language and culture.  

Program fees TBD.

*The final program fee depends on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • On-site group transportation
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fees
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Remainder of meals
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money

WLRD TBD (3) – Mayan Languages

Course information to come shortly

News | Page 29 | UBC Language SciencesDr. Monica Good was born in the state of Coahuila, Mexico.  Her dissertation and research focus on the linguistic rights of Indigenous Peoples, especially emphasizing access to justice. Since 2017, she has collaborated with CEPIADET, an indigenous-based organization located in Oaxaca, Mexico, that provides legal guidance and interpretation services to Indigenous defendants. Through this collaboration, she has been able to access Zapotec, Mixtec, and Mazatec communities in Oaxaca. More recently, Monica works with Yucatecan linguists on reclaiming, teaching, and learning the Mayan language and culture, as well as documenting resistance movements, colonization, and dispossession of land in the Yucatan Peninsula. For this Global Seminar, a working relationship has been established with Dr. Fidencio Briseño Chel and the working group of the State Center for Training, Research, and Humanistic Dissemination of Yucatan (CECIDHY per its acronym in Spanish). 

Dr. Briseño Chel is a native speaker of Maayat’aan (Yucatecan Maya) and a researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). He also directs the project “Documentation, strengthening and dissemination of the peninsular Yucatecan Maya”, as well as being the director of the CECIDHY. He was coordinator of the project to carry out the Writing Standards for the Mayan Language of the Yucatan Peninsula and the National Catalog of Indigenous Languages published in 2008. He has collaborated in the development of materials for teaching in the Mayan language in the Yucatan Peninsula. He collaborated in the National Bilingual Education Program in Guatemala, and for more than twenty years he has been academic director of the summer Mayan Language Teaching Program for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Consortium that includes 22 universities in the United States and two in Canada. 

 

Street art in barcelona and paris: community engaged artistic practices

Information Sessions will be held in October 2022 – stay tuned for more information

Applications for this program will be in December 2022 – stay tuned for the application link

Over this three-week course, students interested in public art will be able to gain elective credit exploring street art and community-based art practices in both Barcelona and Paris. In the Flâneur tradition, students will examine the visual culture of streets, canals and alleyways through plein-air painting, sketch booking and photography. This experiential learning will be supplemented with guest lectures and visits with local artists and studios, as well as a variety of the famous galleries and museums in both cities. 

Starting in the heart of Barcelona, students will stay in a central hotel and use public transit to explore from a local’s perspective the different neighbourhoods of the city, meeting with artists and engaging with works found in this vibrant public art culture.   

In the middle of our second week, we’ll take a scenic train ride to our second destination, Paris. This class will practice painting and explore artistic works throughout the arrondissements. With a revival of murals and public works in recent decades, some areas will feel like open-air museums, but we’ll also be visiting some of the most famous galleries and museums in the art world.  

Don’t expect a typical classroom setting, this course will involve adaptability as each day we’ll be exploring new locales and creating our classroom out of the amazing variety of works we will view and discuss, while also developing our own artistic skills in response to the art we engage with.  

Teaching Dates: May 1 – 19, 2023

Arrival: April 30, 2023

Week 1

Arrival in Barcelona, students will collect welcome packages and course materials. One classroom-based orientation day will introduce students to their painting kits and sketchbooks, all assignment guidelines, and community guidelines and expectations. We will have 5 days of instruction in Barcelona in week one. We’ll explore venues like the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Gothic Quarter and Raval.  

Week 2

Monday and Tuesday will be our final instruction days in Barcelona, we’ll explore the areas of Pobel Nou and the Museu Picasso. On Wednesday of week two, we’ll travel together by train to Paris, where we’ll have a group dinner to get oriented to our new class setting. The end of the week will introduce Parisian art history, including a studio workshop and site-specific readings.   

Week 3

We’ll spend our final week wrapping up assignments and continuing our exploration of Paris and the contemporary public art culture of a number of vibrant areas (including some day trips outside the city, to destinations like Vitry-Sur-Seine)  

This program is open to students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year. This course would be particularly beneficial to students in a BFA or BMS program, but any student with an interest in art is welcome to apply (a statement of interest or portfolio may be required for students without previous visual arts experience) 

Program fees: TBD*.

*The final fee is dependent on the number of students in the program.

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • In-country group transportation
  • Some meals
  • Wifi
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fee
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition (three credits)
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

VISA 460X:

Special Topics in Visual Art

 

David James Doody is an experienced artist and a passionate art educator. David teaches painting, drawing, sculpture & public art murals at UBC Okanagan. David received a BFA in Painting & Collaborative Practices from UBC Okanagan in 2008. In 2011 he studied Traditional Sculpting and Bronze Foundry at Capilano University Vancouver BC. In 2017 he received a Masters in Ceramics and Sculpture from Concordia University Montreal Quebec. From 2009-2014 David was the regional working artist for Golden Artist Colors NYC . David worked in consultation with Golden Artist Colors on the development and launch of two revolutionary lines of modern acrylics, Highflow Acrylics and CORE high pigmented Water Colors. David is a street art enthusiast & the co-founder of the Uptown Mural Project with UBC instructor, Jorden Doody. The Uptown Mural Project is a grass roots public art initiative and street art project here in the Okanagan, that is focused on the revitalization of community spaces and the creation of open air art galleries together the duo has successfully co-produced over 30 large scale street art projects in Vancouver, Montreal & Kelowna.

David also teaches VISA460 special topics in public muraling in the summer. This one of a kind public art course takes students on a journey to work together to pitch plan and paint murals around Kelowna, including an 80 foot long Kokanee salmon mural, followed by a three-story great heron mural both located downtown Kelowna, and most recently and 25 foot tall Western Painted Turtle on Pandosy in June 2022.

Themes from the mural course and David’s interest indrawing design & architecture in public space will be integral to this Go Global seminar course, where students will explore and discuss traditions of public art and street art in a European context.

Manufacturing Engineering in Japan

Information Sessions will be held in October 2022 – stay tuned for more information

Applications for this program will be in December 2022 – stay tuned for the application link

In this seminar course students will experience firsthand the impact that robotics and automation have had on the modern world. Students will embark on an eye-opening trip to Tokyo, Japan where they will be immersed in a city that has been and continues to be at the forefront of technology research, development, and adoption.

Industry site and museum visits such as the Toyota production plants, FANUC industrial robotics headquarters, and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Technology will give students insight into both the history and the state-of-the-art in robotics and automation technology.  Guest lectures at universities in and around Tokyo will also expose students to emerging robotic technologies and let them imagine what the future of automation could look like.

Within a framework of sustainability and ethics students will reflect on how robotics and automation have had both positive and negative impacts on society and reflect on their role as future engineers in making positive societal changes.

Teaching Dates: May 1 – 19, 2023

Arrival: April 30, 2023

Week 1:

In the first week, learning activities will focus on the history of robotics and automation in Japan. Students will visit a number of museums and tour parts of the city to see firsthand how automation technology has been integrated into Japanese society. Daily debrief sessions will be held where students can share their observations.

Week 2:

In this week, students will make a number of site visits to companies at the cutting edge of robotics and automation integration. At the conclusion of this week, students will have a solid understanding of the current state-of-the-art in robotics technology.

Week 3:

Final lectures and workshops on emerging technologies at universities in the Tokyo area will prepare the students for a final report on the future of robotics and automation, focusing on their potential positive and negative societal impacts.

This course is restricted to students in the B.A.Sc. program with 2nd year standing or higher.

Program fees TBD.

*The final program fee depends on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • On-site group transportation
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fees
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Remainder of meals
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money

ENGR 498 (3) Special Topics in Engineering: Robotics, Automation, and Society

Dr. Richert joined the School of Engineering in August 2018 as a lecturer and is now an Assistant Professor of Teaching in Manufacturing Engineering. He teaches courses related to Automation, Controls, and Mechatronics.

He earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California San Diego with a focus on distributed control algorithms for networked systems.  After completing his PhD, Dr. Richert joined Cymer Inc. (an ASML company) as a Senior Algorithms Engineer where he designed and validated embedded control systems for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light sources used in semiconductor manufacturing.

Returning to Canada in 2017, Dr. Richert began post-doctoral research at the University of Calgary where he designed a real-time noise monitoring sensor network for the City of Calgary. He also taught a course in Computer Architecture and guest lectured in topics such as Signals and Systems, and Artificial Intelligence.

Engaging Osoyoos’ past and present:
land, people, industry

We are excited to be running Year 2 of this program in May 2023. Please see information below, deadline in January 2023

In collaboration with the Osoyoos Museum, this student-centered public history project will explore the land, people and industries of the rural community of Osoyoos, BC. The diverse population (indigenous peoples, settlers, immigrants) of 7,000 welcomes 100,000 tourists each year to a town noted for its orchards and vineyards. In a structured 13-day field course, students will engage in directed archival research in the museum and conduct REB-approved oral history interviews in the community on one of three themes: land/environment/agriculture, diverse peoples, and industry/tourism. Interviews will be deposited in the museum and students will have the opportunity to publish their research.

April 30 – Students travel to Osoyoos and check-in to the accommodation.

May 1 – May 12 – Students will participate in lectures, discussions and archival research, and receive training in oral interviewing.

May 13 – program ends with a closing lunch and students will check-out of hotel.

The project offers students the opportunity to expand their understanding while bringing their own experiences to the process of knowledge integration. Students will engage in archival research in the collections of the Osoyoos Museum. The Osoyoos Indian Band’s Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos will provide cultural awareness training to students and staff taking part in the course. Students will also take part in workshop training in REB-approved oral interviewing techniques. Each student will conduct one oral history interview focusing on one of three research themes: land/environment/agriculture, diverse peoples, and industry/tourism. Transcribed interviews—and with the permission of interviewees, digital copies—will be deposited in an archive and selected transcriptions may be included in the museum’s revolving exhibits. Students will work collaboratively in groups of two or three, with the goal of producing a short essay suitable for publication. Venues include public history magazines (BC History Magazine, British Columbia Magazine, Canada’s History and Historica Canada), museum publications (Roundup, BC Heritage, and Muse), journals (BC Studies, PiCHE: Papers in Canadian History and Environment, and Public History), and websites (activehistory.ca, niche-canada.org).

Learning Outcomes

  • Connect students from the rapidly growing city of Kelowna to the surrounding rural communities and offer a critical understanding of the economic and cultural impacts on the rural town of Osoyoos of large-scale limited-time scope tourism each summer.
  • In the broader context of densely-populated coastal British Columbia, highlight the different dynamics, history and needs of the largely rural interior and its environment, peoples and industry.
  • Enhance understanding of Osoyoos’ complex history of initial settlement by Indigenous peoples, occupation by Europeans and subsequent immigration (including from Portugal, Germany, and South Asia).
  • Offer students the opportunity for hands-on experiential learning in the conduct of oral interviews and in undertaking archival research, while also building on the critical, analytical and writing skills they are acquiring in their university courses.
  • Provide students with an understanding of the centrality of small museums to preserving the past and its links to our shared present, in rural communities, in Canada, and globally.

This course is open to undergraduate students in all disciplines with at least third year standing. For May 2023, enrollment is capped at 14 students, with 2 students sharing a two-bedroom hotel suite. 

A sufficient level of physical fitness is required. Students can expect to walk 3-5 km per day, to climb 5-10 flights of stairs, and to lift archival boxes weighing up to 10 kg.

Pre-requisite: 3 credits of ENGL of HIST – please be in touch with Go Global if you have not met this requirement

Program fees: A UBC Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) grant will cover accommodation in Osoyoos, local transportation in Osoyoos, and a daily per diem ($40) for meals.

Upon acceptance into the program, students will pay a $350 deposit to secure their spot. Once the program is complete, all students will be refunded $350.

Included  Not included 
  • Accommodations
  • On-site transportation
  • Per diem for meals
  • UBC tuition (3 credits)
  • Personal spending money
  • Students must arrange their own transportation to Osoyoos
HIST 380/DIHU 320:
HIST 380 (3) Digital Archives, Cultural Heritage, and Public History
Interdisciplinary introduction to digital archiving, exhibition, and preservation of cultural heritage and public history. Deals with collective memory, politics of commemoration and collecting, and future of digital collection and museum interfaces.
Credit will be granted for only one of HIST 380 or DIHU 320.
Pre-requisite: 3 credits of ENGL or HIST.

Catherine Higgs earned her Ph.D. in modern African history at Yale University. Her scholarship has focused on the intersections of religion, politics, labour, and activism; her approach is interdisciplinary and transnational. She is the author of The Ghost of Equality, about a noted black African political activist, and of Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa. She is co-editor of Stepping Forward: Black Women in Africa and the Americas. Her new book, “Sisters for Justice: Small Acts in the Transformation of Apartheid South Africa”, is under review by the University of Wisconsin Press. It examines the anti-apartheid activism of Catholic sisters in South Africa.

Her research has been funded by the National Humanities Center, the American Philosophical Society, the Luso-American Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Before joining the University of British Columbia, she taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She teaches about Africa, Southern Africa, and the Atlantic World; newer courses focus on commodities, markets, labour and public policy, including China’s investment in Africa.

Timothy Paulson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Sociology at UBC Okanagan. He earned his PhD in environmental history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current applied, public history research aims to produce a historical archive of land management on British Columbia grazing rangelands. From 2012-2017, he worked to identify, preserve, and promote the historical records of the University of California Natural Reserve System (http://archives.nrs.ucsb.edu), conducting several dozen non-recorded interviews. He has also conducted nine Canadian REB-approved oral history interviews that are deposited in permanent archives.

Kara Burton is the Executive Director of the Osoyoos Museum in Osoyoos, British Columbia. Burton was raised in Osoyoos and is firmly rooted in the community. As director of the Osoyoos Museum Society for the past nine years, she has gained valuable insight into the heritage and working relationships of various communities within the town. In 2020 the museum has moved to a new location; Burton is responsible for grant writing and fundraising the $2.5million required for the renovation. She has a background in business administration and brings strong management skills to the project.

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