Available Courses

Mahatma Gandhi 2017 Summer Institute: Building Peaceful Communities

Departments of Secondary and Elementary Education, co-sponsored with the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace and coordinated by the Centre for Research for Teacher Education & Development

The purpose of the Summer Institute is to provide students with:

  • A background in theoretical and research work in community building
  • An opportunity to infuse their understandings of community with a Gandhian perspective
  • An opportunity to engage with other practitioners around issues of building peaceful communities and socially just communities


July 3 – 12, 2018


University of Alberta North Campus

Course descriptions

  • EDES 501 SEM B01 Narrative Inquiries Children, Youth & Families

    This course is intended to engage students in an exploration of the narrative inquiry process. A central focus will be on engaging in narrative inquiries with children, youth, and their families. The course will create spaces for participants to narratively inquire into their experiences with children, youth, and families and to explore how, as narrative inquirers, we might attend more closely to teachers’, children’s/youth's, and families’ complex lives in relational ways. Concepts for consideration will include, among others, narrative inquiry as a relational research methodology and peace education. The course intent is to explore how these concepts can be woven together to understand the living of lives, contributing to more just, peaceful, and meaningful schools and communities.

    Instructor: Dr. Sean Lessard

  • EDES 501 SEM B02 Toward a Curriculum of Community
    This course will begin with teachers' and administrators' experiential knowledge of community building in classrooms and schools. Using this knowledge as a starting point for inquiry, students will explore the works of philosophers, sociologists, and curriculum theorists alongside the work of peace educators and activists to help us think further about shaping peaceful and inclusive communities. Using a reflexive approach, the course will allow participants to re-imagine their experiential knowing with new insights into their practices as curriculum makers of community.

    Instructor: Dr. Florence Glanfield
  • EDES 501 SEM B03 Teaching and Learning Peace with Project

    This course presents opportunities for students to explore aspects of teaching and learning about peace by means of engaging with projects. Throughout the course, students will theorize, design, and build self-defined projects that promote their understanding about local, regional, national, and international peace. Embedded in each design and build process is the visible and storied articulation of how peace might be nurtured in administrators’, teachers’, and students’ everyday lives.

    Instructor: Dr. Bonnie Watt

  • EDES 501 SEM B4 Possibilities for Reconciliation and Peaceful School Communities

    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s recent calls to action and Alberta Education’s quality standards emphasize the central position of reconciliation in pursuing school improvement for FNMI students and healing colonial relationships. This course explores the connection between reconciliation and peaceful communities in the specific context of K-12 schooling in Canada. School leaders and teachers will braid Indigenous, decolonizing, and peace scholarship to examine conceptions and enactments of reconciliation across diverse wisdom and disciplinary traditions.

    Paying particular attention to participants’ positionalities and gifts, we will consider how reconciliation might be engaged in schools through mobilizing Indigenous knowledges and counternarratives, nurturing relationships, drawing on Indigenous pedagogical approaches, and navigating the complexities of teaching about Canada’s Indian residential school system.

    Instructors: Dr. Brooke Madden

Accommodation and travel

For information about residence options visit Residence Services or contact St. Joseph's College at 780-492-9026.

Anticipated costs

Standard University of Alberta tuition and fees apply. Funding for a limited number of partial tuition scholarships is available based on need. Interested applicants should submit a brief C.V. and a statement outlining financial need to Bonnie Watt at bwatt@ualberta.ca by June 1, 2018.