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Students in our Cultural Studies courses actively engage research projects that range from cultural activism, community research, cultural heritage and digital production.
View the Cultural Studies Matters blog for a showcase of some of our student projects. Below are some highlights of our student projects over the years.
This report examines the positive impacts of Parkelts for the future of Kelowna. A parklet is defined as a parking space or similar area reclaimed for public recreational or beautification purposes. A parklet is an extension of the sidewalk over an on-street parking space that serves as a small public park. This report was prepared by Tessa Baatz, Chiara Mason & Emma Mcleod for CULT 499: Community Engaged Research in Cultural Studies.
This report examines perceptions of fair trade labeling and the availability of fair trade certified products in Kelowna. It is the culmination of a whole class team based project in a third year Cultural Studies and English course that focused on theories of cultural globalization, including debates about whether globalization constitutes the creation of a homogenous global culture and discussions of projects that work towards a more just “alter-globalization.”
This study produced by 4th year Cultural Study students analyzes the Global Citizen Kelowna initiative in the context of global citizenship education and debates regarding the best ways to alleviate poverty.
The Global Citizen Kelowna initiative equates global citizenship with humanitarianism and international development; a global citizen is one who provides development aid to people in the Global South.
These projects were developed in a 3rd year Cultural Studies and English course that examined the history of colonialism as a cultural project. Students were asked to analyze the degree to which heritage commemorations in Kelowna, or their home communities, reflect the ‘settlement myth.’
This collection of critical engagements with the idea(l) of global citizenship developed out of an assignment for a seminar course focusing on cultural representations of cosmopolitan ethics (ENGL 525A/ENGL 473A/CULT 437A), offered at UBC’s Okanagan campus in the winter of 2012.