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The Wayfinding Program at ICS

Upcoming Courses 

    1. World-Viewing

How do we understand our times? How do we discern the meaning of our lives? How do we make sense of the complex world in which we live?

As the poet WB Yeats wrote of his own time: 
“the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” 

In this course we will learn world-viewing practices that allow for an understanding of our times, discernment of the meaning of our lives, and sense-making of the complex world in which we find ourselves.

At the heart of the hybrid version of this course is a viewing of three movies that are part of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) during a five-day intensive in-person class format. We will debrief these movies together, and then use this viewing and debriefing as a starting point for identifying our own world-viewing practices in five further three-hour workshops. We will study the idea of a world- and life-view, consider the contours of a Christian worldview, and explore how the practice of world-viewing affords us opportunities to contribute to culture-making in our own time and place.

The all-online version of this course will be centered on a viewing of three movies shown in previous years's Toronto International Film Festivals (TIFF) and currently available for purchase, rental, or streaming online. The all-online version will consist of weekly Google Classroom assignments and interactions over the thirteen weeks of the regular ICS Fall 2018 term. 

There are five ways of participating in World-Viewing
(1) As a continuing education experience by watching the movies and attending the debriefings over three consecutive days during TIFF; 
(2) Auditing the hybrid version of the course by watching the movies and attending the debriefings, as well as participating in five three-hour workshops during the same week; 
(3) Taking the hybrid version of the course for credit by watching the movies, attending the debriefings, participating in the five three-hour workshops, plus doing a set of readings, written assignments, and online forum participation during the remainder of the academic term;
(4) Participating in the all-online version of the course as a continuing education experience by watching the movies, doing the readings, and participating in the online forums; and,
(5) Taking the all-online version of the course for credit by watching the movies, doing the readings, participating in the online forums, and completing the written assignments.

Course Offering Schedule
Hybrid intensive sessions: A 5-day intensive during TIFF (September 10-14, 2018), with weekly online sessions following until the week of December 10, 2018
On-line classes begin the week of September 10 and finish the week of December 10, 2018

Pricing Structure
(1) Hybrid Continuing Education fee of $50.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee*; 
(2) Hybrid Audit fee of $700.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee*; 
(3) Hybrid Credit fee of $900.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee*;
(4) All-online Continuing Education fee of $400.00 plus a  plus a $25.00 registration fee**; 
(5) All-online Credit fee of $900.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee**.

*The cost of three movies at TIFF plus meals will be added to these fees 
**Students are expected to source the three movies themselves and at their own cost.


    2. Vocational Wayfinding

What do I want to do when I grow up? Who do I want to become? How do I design my life, plan my career, discern my vocation? What in the world calls for my attention? To what life does God call me?

As the poet Mary Oliver asked at the end of her poem “The Summer Day”: 
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

In this course we will learn tools and frameworks for vocational wayfinding. We will explore the meaning of work. We will gain insight into the challenges facing people at the transitions from one season of life to another. We will plan our own next five years, whatever our current stage of life, and we will learn how to mentor others as they try and figure out how to answer the most important question of all.

During this course, we will read the life design pioneers Dave Evans and Bill Burnett, the philosopher Jamie Smith, the career sociologist Herminia Ibarra, the poet David Whyte, and the doyenne of researchers into emerging adulthood, Sharon Dalosz Parks. For some participants this course will be life changing. All participants will complete the course better equipped to navigate the complexities of life and work in our times.

Vocational Wayfinding is available as an all-online course over thirteen weeks or as a hybrid course with five in-person sessions in addition to thirteen weeks of online work. Both versions can be either (1) audited or (2) taken for credit. The 13-week all-online version is also available as a continuing education experience.

Course Offering Schedule:
On-line classes begin the week of January 7 and finish the week of April 8, 2019;
Hybrid intensive sessions: TBA

Pricing Structure:
(1) Continuing Education fee of $400.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee.
(2) Audit fee of $700.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee;
(3) Credit fee of $900.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee;


    3. Lead From Where You Are: Making a Difference in the Face of Tough Problems, Big Questions, and Organizational Politics

Who is a leader? What is leadership? How do we exercise leadership? When are we called to exercise leadership? Why does leadership matter?

As Ronald Heifetz says in his 2009 book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: 
“Exercising adaptive leadership is about giving meaning to your life beyond your own ambition.” 

Leadership is not about personality, authority, position, influence, or power as such. Leadership is an art, a craft, a practice, to which everyone is called sometime or other, in widely different situations. Leadership can be practiced with varying degrees of authority, from any position, at varying scales of influence, and with varying access to different sources of power.

The kind of leadership that we will learn and practice in this course has to do with diagnosing and addressing the toughest problems experienced by organizations, institutions, and societies. This kind of leadership demands political skill: the skill to discern the overt and covert concerns and interests, agendas and alliances within the organizations, institutions, and societies we serve, and to give each their due while not failing to pursue the common good. We will learn a language, learn and practice a set of tools and frameworks, and workshop our fresh insights and skills.

Lead From Where You Are is a very active practice-oriented rather than a more passive lecture based experience for participants. The in-person sessions of the hybrid version of this course will take the form of either a one-week intensive or a series of two to five shorter sessions over a number of weeks. The all-online version of this course will include rigorous reflective practice assignments related to the organizational contexts in which students participate. 

Course Offering Schedule:
On-line classes begin the week of January 7 and finish the week of April 8, 2019;
Hybrid intensive sessions: TBA

Pricing Structure:
(1) All-online Continuing Education fee of $400.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee; 
(2) All-online Credit fee of $900.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee;
(3) Hybrid Audit fee of $700.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee; 
(4) Hybrid Credit fee of $900.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee


    4. The Observant Participant: Applying Research Craft to Professional Practice

How do we intentionally learn from our experience? How do we develop a deep understanding of the worlds in which we live our lives? How do we make sense of the very complex problems that face us, our organizations, our communities, our societies?

Donald Schön in his 1983 book, The Reflective Practitioner: 
“We don’t learn as much from our experience as we might unless we intentionally reflect on our practices.” 

In this course we will learn to apply tools and frameworks from contemporary qualitative research craft to our own professional practice. We will learn to become observant practitioners so that we can become reflective practitioners. For example, we will learn from Ruth Behar how to become vulnerable observers; from Loïc Wacquant how to become observant participants in our everyday life worlds; from Max Van Manen how to deepen our insights by “doing phenomenology.”

While the focus of this course is on applying research craft to professional practice, the course is also a solid introduction to graduate level qualitative research and key perspectives from phenomenological philosophy.

The Observant Participant is a very active practice-oriented rather than a more passive lecture based experience for participants. The in-person sessions of the hybrid version of this course will take the form of either a one-week intensive or a series of two to five shorter sessions over a number of weeks. The all-online version of this course will include rigorous observant participant assignments related to the organizational contexts in which students participate.

Course Offering Schedule:
On-line classes begin the week of September 10 and finish the week of December 10, 2018; Hybrid intensive sessions: TBA

Pricing Structure:
(1) Audit fee of $700.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee;
(2) Credit fee of $900.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee.



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Please contact Elizabet Aras for more information and on how to register for courses