Growing out of the student-based learning and community research models developed over the last five years in History 483 and History 485, this class forms a commitment at UBC to foster new modes of learning where students work in groups to create new forms of knowledge rather than passively receiving what is already known. These new forms of knowledge also grow from interactions and exchanges with the Asian Canadian communities of Vancouver and Canada. This long term initiative focuses on Asian Canadian history within the context of Pacific Canada--a perspective on our past, present, and future that emphasize the interactions between trans-Pacific migrants, trans-Atlantic migrants, and the First Nations peoples upon whose land we live.
Students will undertake research projects in the Greater Vancouver Regional District that they themselves will create and execute into a short film which will focus on Asian Canadian community history or contemporary issues such as community activism, migration, family, aging, politics, or arts and culture. It is a chance for students to gain experience on how to conduct research in real-life settings and how to create a media work which will be distributed on social and electronic media.
At the centre of this class is field research and group work. Individuals and small groups will conduct research on a topic of their choice, collect and analyze data and incorporate research, methodology, and digital video production into their final project.
This class is unique in that there are no exams and tests. Students learn by doing, and an essential component of the class is learning to work as part of a larger team, and how to divide tasks and integrate them so that each individual's work is towards a common goal. Peer evaluation is an essential element in this work, and we will value those who fulfill their responsibilities to others. However, the end product is the crucial object by which your group's work will be judged.