ISOW’s mission is to promote active student engagement through the study of the human realities of international conflict today and to provide scholarships to international students affected by conflict. Our vision is to foster genuine intercultural learning and effective global citizenship by bringing together minds from around the world. One way that ISOW realizes its mission and vision is by offering academic courses to ISOW student leaders and Scholars where students have the opportunity to study particular global conflicts and their humanitarian responses. The courses are taught by ISOW’s Faculty Advisor, Dr. Gavin Brockett.
ISOW courses combine ‘traditional’ academic learning with ‘experiential learning’ by providing students with ways to take their learning beyond the classroom. According to the Council of Ontario Universities, experiential learning “is when students learn by doing using their theoretical knowledge in practical, real-life, or work-related situations.” In the 2017-2018 school year, for example, two ISOW student leaders and a Scholar participated in a reading course that focused on the realities of life for Palestinian and Syrian refugees in the Middle East today. The students read books and articles on these conflicts and then used their knowledge to plan a symposium on the human realities of conflict (click the Events tab to learn more!). The students made presentations to grant committees, designed publicity materials and created workshops for students to participate in. This ISOW course gave the students the opportunity to learn inside the classroom and apply their knowledge to a real-world project.
In addition to regular courses for ISOW student leaders and Scholars, the ISOW President enrolls in a Directed Studies course each year in which they focus their studies on achieving ISOW goals for the year ahead while engaging in the critical study of conflict and humanitarianism.
ISOW is working toward developing new courses in the next year, which may include a course on transnational humanitarianism and a field course. If you are an ISOW leader and are interested in enrolling in an ISOW course, please contact Dr. Brockett for more information.
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