Navigating Complexities and Paradoxes of Global Challenges

TitleNavigating Complexities and Paradoxes of Global Challenges
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

*Special Call: Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Grant*

This online, interdisciplinary course will address the ethical and practical complexities and paradoxes of decolonizing approaches to global challenges. It does so by addressing four interrelated denials that enable the reproduction of an enduring colonial system: denial of colonial violence that underwrites the system; denial of ecological unsustainability; denial of interdependence; and denial of the magnitude of the many “wicked problems” that we face. Generally, if addressed at all, these denials are addressed one at a time, whereas our course brings them together, enabled by the interdisciplinary format. The course also offers students an alternative to common approaches to problem-solving premised on seeking immediate solutions. Instead, it emphasizes the development of students’ intellectual, affective, and relational capacities for navigating uncertainty, complexity, and plurality in an interrelated and unequal world. It seeks to prepare students to address real-world problems in socially and ecologically accountable ways, without sacrificing nuance or minimizing complicity.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorVanessa de Oliveira Andreotti
Year 1: Funded Amount18,486
Year 1: Team Members

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Professor, Educational Studies, Faculty of Education / Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change
Will Valley, Sr. Instructor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems