CCID 202 SU03C: Fieldwork: Topics

This Culture and Community Interdisciplinary (CCID) practice based topics course, will offer students an opportunity to engage in coursework focused on embedded practice that includes an off-site fieldwork experience. This includes various sites and locations away from the University campus, including but not limited to long distance fieldtrips, field houses, neighbourhood houses, community centres, and other learning spaces related to curriculum. Students will create their own practice-based projects based on site research, cultural context, and independent studio work related to course-specific learning outcomes, and research requirements of the faculty teaching the course. This course is open to students in any degree program.

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CCID 202 SU03C, Fieldwork: Topics

Come play outside while making a global impact!

Making Waveforms: an outdoor education meets art activism program championing global water security.

Offered in association with Canada's leading environmental organization, the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF), and in collaboration with the Native Education College[1] (NEC), the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and the Future Water Institute (FWI) in South Africa.

Add your voice to the Cape Town Water Museum by making a creative and critical video response. A Global Network of Water Museums has been growing to place water at the center of our attention, and to help us explore our connections to water, in all its dimensions, including social, cultural, artistic, and spiritual dimensions. This is especially needed because water is an essential part of all areas of life and is under increasing threats. The City of Cape Town, with around 4 million residents, took a lead role in the story of climate change in 2018 when it nearly ran out of water. The widely different experiences of that crisis speak to the vast inequalities that persist. The Cape Town Water Museum is the first of its kind on the African continent. Drawing from the notion that people are experts in matters that pertain to their own lives and wellbeing, the aim is to map how and why certain water sources are chosen by Cape Town’s citizens and the many ways that water is meaningful in their lives. Both a physical and virtual museum are being created, hosted by the University of Cape Town’s Future Water Institute.

“Canada has more freshwater per capita than most countries”, DSF’s David Suzuki points out, adding how, “[m] Canada take water for granted, despite drinking water problems in First Nations communities” (2018). These problems Suzuki is referring to are known as Boil Water Advisories, which are government labels indicating a severe degree of chronic, limited access to clean drinking water in over “100 First Nations communities...for years, or even decades” (Suzuki[2], 2018).

What is our relationship with water in Canada?

What can we learn from Cape Town and Cape Town from us?

Through a number of field trips[3] (i.e. ocean canoeing, lake swimming, river tubing), we will explore our own relationships with water. Students will then build meaningful connections with local knowledge keepers and create short, site-specific videos to raise awareness about the importance of healthy waterways. Students will explore alternative cinematic narrative models like Slow Media and experiment with sound art in nature through soundscape recording. Students will explore intersections between indigenous traditional knowledge and western science, and gain hands-on experience with an arts-based research method called photovoice. Students will engage in meaningful exchanges with NEC in Vancouver (in person) and FWI in Cape Town (online). The course culminates at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, with a public screening and dialogue event.

This course is part of the instructor’s PhD research on reconciliation through [site-specific, media arts based] environmental education on the water-climate change nexus in Canada and South Africa. Students are invited to be co-investigators in this study aimed at creating a model of curriculum that can be applied internationally. Students who register for this course are NOT required to participate in the research. No prior video experience is required.


“Making Wave[form]s”

Instructor: Sarah Van Borek |

CCID 202 SU03C & CCID 302 SU03C

Environmental Ethics & Education Fieldwork Course

July 2nd - Aug 1st, Tuesdays & Thursdays + Aug 15th event

Morning sessions 9am-12pm, Afternoon sessions 1-4pm

Full day sessions 9am-4pm with 1 hour lunch break 12-1pm

Public event Thursday, August 15th, 5:30-7pm

Tuesday, July 2

1-4pm, ECUAD Classroom

Thursday, July 4


9am-12pm Native Education College (NEC) 237 5th Ave E, Vancouver

1-4pm ECUAD Classroom + China Creek Park

Tuesday, July 9

9am-4pm, lunch 12-1pm

9am-12pm ECUAD Classroom

+ False Creek

1-4pm ECUAD Mac Lab

Thursday, July 11


Meet at Lonsdale Quay 10:45am

(walk to Mosquito Creek Marina)

Canoe Tour

Tuesday, July 16


UBC Rose Garden

6728 NW Marine Drive, UBC

10am-4pm, lunch 12-1pm

Beatty Biodiversity Museum

2212 Main Mall, UBC

Thursday, July 18 

No class/independent student fieldwork

(meetings with instructor by appointment

9am-4pm, office C1220)

Tuesday, July 23

9am-4pm, lunch 12-1pm

9am-12pm ECUAD Classroom

1-4pm ECUAD Mac Lab 

Thursday, July 25

1-4pm ECUAD Classroom

Tuesday, July 30

9am-4pm, lunch 12-1pm

9am-12pm ECUAD Classroom

1-4pm ECUAD Mac Lab

 (Thursday, August 1, 9am-4pm

meetings with instructor by appointment, office C1220)


5:30-7:00pm Beatty Biodiversity Museum

2212 Main Mall, UBC


Completion of 21 credits

Additional comments: 
Term 2. TOPIC: "Making Wave{form}s". CC-C (with CCID 302 SU03C). IMPORTANT NOTE: Please refer to the website for course details and the class schedule.
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Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Jul 2-Aug 16