Ways of Knowing (GART/SOSC 2100)

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Award-winning students present at the Leddy Library Collaboratory to VP-Business Operations Neelam Sandhu on ways that BlackBerry can further support their commitment to the UNGlobal Compact.  BlackBerry is actively working on 2 of the pitches recommended by students.

In the course Ways of Knowing, undergraduate students from across campus engage in on/off-campus activities and workshops to understand and work towards human flourishing. Two of the proposed projects are now being launched at BlackBerry. 

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Award-winning students win first place for their proposal to the Leddy Library in Fall 2019.

Students who have taken Ways of Knowing and Ways of Doing have often spoken on behalf of UWindsor students at events, for initiatives, and for UWindsor promotions.

For more information about the course as curriculum research please review the following paper which was presented at the Human Development and Capabilities Approach conference in June 2020. This is the extended paper:

Brunet, Timothy A.; Shaban, Hassan; and Gonçalves, Stephanie. (2020). The Capability Approach: A Proposed Framework for Experiential Learning in The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.. 2020 HDCA Conference – Online (Auckland, NZ). https://scholar.uwindsor.ca/ctlpub/7 

Past community partners include:

  • BlackBerry Canada (VP Business Operations - Neelam Sandhu) - In this community challenge, students proposed ways that BlackBerry could further engage with the UNGlobal Compact
  • University of Windsor's Leddy Library - In this community challenge, students proposed ways that the library could further engage students in their proposed renovations to the facility.
  • Federal Member of Parliament Brian Masse - In this community challenge, students pitched potential features for the proposed Ojibway Shores Urban National Park.  Both Honourable Brian Masse and award-winning environmentalist Dr. John Hartig were guest speakers in the course.
  • EPICentre participant and small business owner Ola Ahmed Kindness Café

In the course, you will:


The course Ways of Knowing has no graded multiple-choice assessments, no midterms or final examination. The course assesses the skills and competencies in authentic contexts such as evaluations of community challenges, online networking exercises, and reflective practices.

This course is a listed partner for the Sustainability Development Goals with the United Nations. 

About the Course Instructor

Picture of Professor Tim BrunetTim Brunet is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto and an award-winning instructor who has worked in digital communication since the turn of web 2.0. Tim uses innovative experiential learning strategies and connects students to peer learning networks, knowledge networks and community partners.  In class, students are referred to by name and are provided with opportunities to give feedback about the course design and course content.  Tim's research interests include epistemic governance in higher education (who decides the knowledge that is taught, shared, and valued), outcomes-based education and socially just pedagogies. Since Tim has completed a term as the Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Program Coordinator, he is readily familiar with the challenges and opportunities of student life. He has developed and updated several courses at the University of Windsor including:

  • Speech Communication to Inform (DRAM 2100)
  • A course about the Human Development and Capabilities Approach*
  • Networks and Conferences*
  • The Diffusion of Innovations *
  • Auctions*
  • Working in Digital Communities I & II 
  • Knowledge Management*
  • Media, Technology and the Environment 
    * Special Topics Courses 

Brunet works within the office of Public Affairs and Communication when not completing secondments in FAHSS. Brunet has won awards at the University of Windsor and the University of Toronto including:

  • Professor of the Year (Society of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Going the Extra Mile Award (University of Windsor Office of Student Experience)
  • the Lancer A Award (Lancer Athletics)
  • UWindsor's OPUS Support Staff Award
  • The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education's William G. Davis Scholarship (@University of Toronto)

Community partners, faculty and students looking for more information about the course can reach out to Tim Brunet at tbrunet@uwindsor.ca.