CSSH 502: Community Action Research

Are you a change leader?

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” –Jack Layton

There are many ways to make social change. Through organizing, individuals, organizations, and communities gain greater control over issues of concern. In the process of developing this control, individuals, organizations, and communities must develop their own resources and capacities to enable others to achieve shared purpose and leadership.

Learn about the theory and practice of organizing for social change from Olivia Chow, Distinguished Visiting Professor, as she connects the classroom with the community to explore questions at the forefront of social research and community development.

CSSH 502 Community Action Research offers students the opportunity to acquire basic skills useful in their organizing projects. Students will be introduced to ways of thinking and scholarship that will cut across disciplines, combine theory and practice, encourage collaboration, and work with the ambiguities of the real world.

About the Instructor

Olivia ChowRyerson University's Distinguished Visiting Professor Olivia Chow is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Change Leaders since March 2015. Olivia has a certificate from Marshall Ganz Leadership course from Harvard Kennedy's School Executive Program and has taught over 3,500 people across Ontario. She empowered many women to make a difference through teaching Feminist Community Organizing at George Brown College’s Assaulted Women and Children Counselling and Advocacy Program for six years.

Until 2015, Olivia held elected offices for 30 years as a school trustee, City Councillor, and a Member of Parliament. She has tirelessly championed for a universal early childhood education program, a national public transit strategy, and fair immigration policies.

Who Should Enrol

The course is intended for students:

  • interested in learning how to lead social change through collective action
  • with a strong commitment to the community, organization, or goals on behalf of which they are working
  • who want to strengthen their self-awareness, leadership skills, and research capacities
  • interested in learning how to communicate effectively about complex issues

This course will be of interest to the following professionals:

  • social workers
  • community outreach workers
  • advocacy workers
  • nonprofit managers
  • campaigners
  • public administrators
  • social innovators
  • union organizers
  • political aides
  • lobbyists
  • government relations advisors
  • community engagement specialists
  • stakeholder management specialists

How to Enrol

To enrol for Fall 2018, visit the CSSH 502 course page. If you are an undergraduate student, please enrol using RAMSS for courses applicable to your degree program.

Enrol Now

CSSH 502 Community Action Research is open for enrolment in the Fall 2018 term: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., September 5–December 5, 2018.

For More Information

For more information, contact Benjamin Donato-Woodger at benji.donato@gmail.com or visit changeleaders.ca.