From Classroom to Courtroom: Community Based Experiential Learning in the Coordinated Arts Program's Law & Society Stream

Title From Classroom to Courtroom: Community Based Experiential Learning in the Coordinated Arts Program's Law & Society Stream
Faculty/College/Unit Arts
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Project Summary

Situated in the Faculty of Arts, the Coordinated Arts Program (CAP) provides an enriched educational experience for first-year students through its cohort learning community. Groups of students take clusters of linked-but-separate courses in one of five research streams (http://cap.arts.ubc.ca/our-streams), are offered frequent interactions with their learning cohort, and are given extensive support from faculty and staff. Our project seeks to develop and integrate community-based experiential learning (CBEL) into CAP’s Law & Society stream, by establishing a long-term relationship between Law & Society students and community organizations working in and attached to the legal nonprofit sector. The Law & Society stream focuses its curriculum on how legal and political forces influence the everyday lives of diverse populations. Our project will bring CBEL into this dynamic curriculum in order to allow students to engage with community- based organizations working to improve the social and cultural positions of marginalized groups of society through legal means.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Heather Latimer
Year 1: Funded Amount 40,016
Year 1: Team Members

Fenn Stewart, Sessional Instructor, Coordinated Arts Program, Faculty of Arts
Kathryn Grafton, Instructor, English and Coordinated Arts Program, Faculty of Arts
Brian McIlroy, Chair, Coordinated Arts Program, Faculty of Arts
Laurie McNeill, Chair, First Year Programs, Faculty of Arts