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Summer School 2019: Cultivating Social Change: Social Innovation in Food System Transformation

Spring 2019 – May 13-18

INS 3120 | INS 5109

 Spark Social Change


Food has long been a tool and site of societal transformation. Over the past 30 years, individuals and groups have sought increasingly innovative ways to address the social, environmental and economic challenges facing our food system, while also imagining and articulating the possibility for a new kind of food system. From food co-operatives and community gardens to peasant and farmworker movements, food centres, gleaning projects and food policy councils there is a wide diversity of approaches, visions and manifestations of food system transformation. Using the lens of the food system, we will explore various pathways and orientations to social change and social innovation, as well as specific projects, collaborations and organizations seeking to “do food differently” in the Ottawa region.

This is a week-long intensive course, cross-listed as both undergraduate and graduate.


Through a dynamic combination of seminars, workshops, field trips and guest speakers, this course will incorporate social innovation in both its content and pedagogical approach. Students should be prepared to participate in field trip activities outdoors (rain or shine) and attend two evening sessions over the course of the week.   

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the social and economic challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s food system
  • Utilize key concepts to articulate the root causes of these social and economic issues
  • Assess and evaluate different strategies and approaches to social change and social innovation 
  • Critically analyze and reflect on specific cases and examples of food system transformation in the Ottawa area

Detailed Program

The detailed program is available here.


Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation
Saint Paul University
223 Main St., Ottawa K1S 1C4


Space is limited! To reserve your spot, fill out the registration form and submit payment.

Course Fees

Due to the experiential mode of delivery, this course has an additional cost of $100 to cover transportation and related costs of field trips, as well as certain lunches.

The fees may differ depending on your student status.

The last day to make changes to your registration status (Credit/Non-credit) is May 1, 2019. No refunds are available after this date. 

More information

Contact Professor Amanda Wilson for more information: awilson@ustpaul.ca

For more information about the School of Social Innovation: https://ustpaul.ca/social-innovation.php


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