Poverty Studies Summer Institute

The Poverty Studies Summer Institute is a unique study opportunity that brings together students and practitioners into an intimate learning community to explore the causes and impacts of poverty and best practices in how to alleviate and end it. The program consists of various one-week intensive courses as well as a variety of workshops and events, providing both the knowledge and skill base to work effectively in the practice of poverty reduction. Courses may be eligible for credit for Ambrose University degree programs.


Program 2019


Sociology of poverty

An examination of the social images, constructions, understandings, and experiences of poverty in Canada. It also draws on the sociological perspective to explore the causes of and possible solutions to poverty.

SO 399 - Apr. 29 – May 3
Instructor: Kristen Desjarlais-deKlerk


poverty and advocacy

This non-credit course will provide leaners with an understanding of the political process in Canada, how government policies contribute to poverty and can work to end it, and how to become an effective advocate for change. Geared to people active in the community or those wanting to become effective advocates for themselves, their families and communities.

Non-credit - May 6 - 10
Instructor: Derek Cook


Shock poverty

Shock Poverty is defined as instantaneous in its occurrence and devastating in its impact.  Shock Poverty can be viewed through two lenses: the global and the personal.  What leads to each?  How do they impact each other?  Poverty is a major theme in Christian Scripture and it is on that base that poverty in the modern world will be examined.  In class, through readings and reflection, we will consider the impact of poverty in our world, we will address the question of poverty elimination and consider the root causes of poverty.

BHS / DVST 350 - May 13 - 17
Instructor: Derek Cook

Pyschological impacts of poverty

An exploration of the impacts of poverty on human psychological development. This course examines the effects of poverty on the maturation of the brain; cognitive, social and emotional abilities; and health outcomes. Also considered will be the influence of living in poverty on the understanding of self and other and on how this influence contributes to risk and resilience. Instruction will consist of lectures, class activities and development of a targeted intervention strategy.

PS 307 - May 21 - 25
Instructor: Dr. Alex Sanderson

biblical theology of justice

A scriptural exploration of the nature of justice and a Christian response to injustice.  Both the Old and New Testaments will be studied to understand God's desire for justice and the call to action in our lives, in the Church and in the world.

BT 601 – May 20 - 24
Instructor: Dr. Beth Stovell

professional development workshops

The following professional development workshops are proposed and will be confirmed.

  • Gender-Based Analysis

  • Trauma-Informed Care

  • Integral Mission for Local Congregations

More information about these workshops will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.



Registration and Fees

Non-students Registering for Interest or Professional Development:

  • 5-day course $500

  • 3-day workshop $250

  • 1-day workshop $100

Subsidies may be available to support low-income participants.

Register for Academic Credit (Open Studies Students)

  • Cost: $1361 / course

    • subject to change

Ambrose University Students

Accommodation is available for out of town students in the Ambrose University residence at a rate of $50.00 per day or $275.00 per week. Please email SpecialEvents for more information about residence accommodation.

For More Information Contact: PovertyInstitute@ambrose.edu