(UVic Philosophy Associate Professor Dr. Audrey Yap)

Students at the University of Victoria will be taking a course together with incarcerated students this fall.

A new course called “Conceptions of Justice and Engaged Pedagogy” was created by Associate Professor Dr. Audrey Yap and will begin on September 5th.

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For three months, 10 UVic students will be joining 10 incarcerated students at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, through the course facilitated by the university’s Faculty of Humanities and BC Corrections.

The course will focus on reading and discussing works by the writer Ursula K. Le Guin, feminist scholar bell hooks, civil rights leader Martin Luther King and writer Albert Camus, including his essay “The Myth of Sisyphus.”

“What underlies this course is the transformative power of education, but also different ways of looking at education, in which it is not simply the transmission of knowledge from one party to another, but the co-creation of knowledge by people with different perspectives on and experiences of the world,” says Dr. Yap.

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Last year, Dr. Yap ran a successful pilot course with incarcerated students at the jail on Wilkinson Road, using role modelling, social learning, and peer accountability to support positive changes in thinking and behaviour.

Her goal with this course is to make philosophy accessible to the 10 students in custody while bringing the 10 UVic students face-to-face with the principles and practices of restorative justice.