Member Learning

The Member Learning Space is a comprehensive year-long learning curriculum based on specific learning outcomes with the content and schedule established over the summer. The goal is for students to learn about development and grow together as critical thinkers, problem solvers, and socially conscious leaders. It consists of the following areas of study:

What is Development?

This module covers the history of international development, development theory and the factors that influence the development of a country.

Development Abroad: The EWB Approach

This module explores Engineers Without Borders as an organization, highlighting its history, values and approach to development and leadership. It also presents alternative approaches to international development for comparison.

Development in Canada

This module focuses on Canada’s role in international development and local issues pertaining to Canada’s development as a country. The module also highlights the initiatives that EWB UofT partakes in to address the root causes of development issues.

Leadership and Personal Development

This module focuses on developing leadership skills and highlights different avenues to pursue a career in international development.

Current Events

This module analyzes the current events occurring in the world. The module is purposely open-ended to allow for members to present topics that are not covered in the rest of the curriculum.

Failing Forward

This module focuses on analysing risks worth taking, understanding the causes of failure, and reacting and regrouping after failure.

Look out on our Events page for upcoming sessions. Past session topics have included:

Date Session Topic
09/13/2016 Opportunities for Engagement in our Chapter
09/17/2016 EWB: History, Purpose, Values, Vision, and Approach
Key Skills Part 1: Storytelling
Key Skills Part 2: Systems Mapping
09/20/2016 History of International Development: Colonialism and Lasting Results
The Development Roadmap: How Different Countries Got to where they are Today
09/27/2016 Junior Fellowship: Reflection and Experiences from Return Junior Fellows
10/04/2016 The Role of the Canadian Government in Development
10/11/2016 Measuring Development & Impact
10/18/2016 Opportunities and Motivation
10/26/2016 Global Food Systems: Components of a Food System, Food Justice Principles, and How We Talk about Food
11/08/2016 Culture and Identity
11/15/2016 Exploring Other Approaches to Development: Building Water Systems in Tanzania
11/21/2016 Economics & Development
11/29/2016 Addressing the Refugee Crisis
12/05/2016 Panel Discussion on International Development feat. EWB U of T, Bridges to Prosperity, and U of T Global Brigades
01/17/2017 Post-National Conference Tea, Snacks, and Chats
01/25/2017 Technology for Education feat. Kumvana Fellow (Rachel)
01/31/2017 Empowering Kenyan Youth feat. Kumvana Fellow (Wiclif)
02/07/2017 Social Entrepreneurship: Where and How to Play
02/14/2017 Tales from the Junior Fellowship
02/21/2017 Free (optional session)
02/28/2017 Equity in Action
03/07/2017 Exploring Sustainable Development
03/14/2017 GE Week
03/21/2017 Canada, Climate Change and the World
03/28/2017 Local Impact, Global Reach: Food Systems in Toronto
03/31/2017 Fail Forward Night
04/06/2017 Complexity and Systems Thinking
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