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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities 4491F/G: Experiencing Culture Resilience: From Advocacy to Engagement

Dr. Joel Faflack

Fall 2017 and/or Winter 2018

The School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities (SASAH) is an interdisciplinary four-year undergraduate program in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, one of whose educational missions is to translate research excellence and scholarly rigor into dedicated and compassionate community engaged learning and service. SASAH admits yearly cohorts of 25 highly motivated and engaged scholars dedicated to becoming global citizens. One of the Program’s key goals is to build student intellectual and creative capacity through a series of classroom and community learning experiences, harnessing this capacity into action especially in the experiential learning course described herein. Students enrolled in this course will receive either half- or full-course credit, depending upon their level of participation. This course is designed primarily as a Year Four capstone experience. In consultation with the designated community partner and the Community Engaged Learning team, however, the SASAH Director may consent to accept Year Two or Three SASAH students into the course. These special permissions will be granted depending upon: 1) individual student interest, capacity, and aptitude; 2) demonstration of exceptional progress in the SASAH Program; 3) student justification, in consultation with the Director, that the particular course project constitutes an invaluable opportunity for student learning and advancement; and 4) the availability of School or community resources.

Modern Languages and Literatures Italian 1030: Italian for Beginners and Your Italian-Canadian Stories

Dr. Pietro Pirani

Full Year 2017-2018

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Italian. The course is composed of three hours per week of in class instruction, and one hour of online activities at home. It also includes a Community Engaged Learning option. This course will introduce students to the Italian language and culture in an active and practical way, while allowing students to contribute to the Italian Canadian National Archival Project with interviews with the local Italian-Canadian community or their own families.

Previous projects include: Students engage in groups of 2-3 with the local Italian-Canadian community through interviews. Students document and reflect on their experiences, and creatively and collaboratively organize experiences gained to make connections between in class learning on language, identity, memory, storytelling and the community experience in London to contribute to the Italian Canadian National Archival Project.

Modern Languages and Literatures Spanish 2200/3300: Intermediate and Advanced Spanish

Coordinated by Ana Garcia Allen

Full Year 2017-2018

Intermediate: Combining grammar and communication this course prepares students to discuss, read and write about a variety of topics and to explore ideas about Hispanic culture in relation to their own.

Advanced: Further development of oral and written skills with systematic acquisition of vocabulary and selective grammar review. Based on a multimedia and communicative approach, this course aims to develop fluency. Discussions, readings, and writing will focus on the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Includes an optional Community Service Learning component. Community placements that seek to place students in one-to-one mentorship partnerships or activities of organizations serving the Spanish community help bring the language learning to life

Previous Projects Include: Engaging in one-to-one partnerships with Spanish newcomers in a 50/50 conversation program allowed Spanish newcomers to improve English while the Spanish students could apply language learning to real situations; Working within the daily operations of a community program that serves Spanish newcomers; Helping to facilitate a community art therapy program targeted towards Spanish newcomer children.

Visual Arts 3000: Community Engaged Learning – Embroidering with the Guild

Dr. Tricia Johnson

Winter 2018

This community engaged studio course aims to give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of textile arts by learning the skill of embroidery by partnering with the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, London. Along with these new skills, students will use their past art-making experience in Visual Arts to work cooperatively with the Embroiderers’ Guild to design and create a large embroidered artwork which will be permanently installed in a public space in London, Ontario. Alongside the production of the large, site-specific artwork, students will explore different techniques in embroidery, each producing an individual “samples” which will document their experiences and learning in the course.

Philosophy 2010F: Philosophy of Food

Dr. Benjamin Hill

Fall 2017

The course aims to present certain philosophical reflections on food and give the students a better understanding of the food system as well as its vast implications for us individually and the world at large. Issues dealt with in the course for example include human rights violations, treatment of animals, moral and political dimensions of genetically modified food, hunger and obligation to the poor, the role of food in gender, personal and national identity, and what role does food play in the good life.

Previous Projects Include: Helping to facilitate workshops for families in our community on how to cook healthy and nutritious meals with limited financial resources; Doing research on the use of food stamps in our community to determine whether this is an effective solution to food security; Developing tools for a county food hub that will outline the benefits of purchasing local foods and supporting local food products

English 3580F: Canadian Literature, Creativity and the Local

Dr. Manina Jones

Fall 2017

This course examines the literature of Southwestern Ontario since 1970, considering Alice Munro and others who find inspiration in London, Ontario and the surrounding area for fiction poetry, and drama. Students will develop critical, creative, and experiential perspectives and will work with community partners, exploring course concepts in a real-world setting.

Previous projects include: Create, promote, organize and host a campus poetry slam/open mic event in partnership with the London Poetry Slam organizers; Create a mini-documentary about the slam, helping students integrate with the community and get a sense of what the London Poetry Slam does on and off stage; Compile edited video presentations of historic Eldon House to be used for outreach into the community, internal oral history capture and promotion

Modern Languages and Literatures CLC/GER/ITA/SPAN 2500F: Bridging Classroom and Community: Languages & Cultures in Action

Dr. Angela Borchert

Fall 2017

By engaging with critical and creative explorations, we will investigate issues of identity, memory, immigration, prejudice, stereotype, and intercultural dialogue. Students will be involved in collaborative projects with members of the London community, to document the richness of its cultural diversity. By recording audio and/or visual interviews with their community partners, students will be able to enrich London’s local history and at the same time, bridge theory and practice of intercultural communication and competence within the Arabic, Hispanic, German, Italian, and Japanese communities. These languages are part of the MLL department offering. This course is part of the Curricular Community Engaged Learning offering for 2017-2018.

Previous projects include: Students are placed with a variety of community partners, such as language schools, social clubs, old age homes, and/or cultural centers, where language, identity, and memory interact socially in dynamic, but diverse ways. Students engage one-on-one with members of these community organizations, or the people that they serve, so that they may shadow, observe, and participate directly in community partner initiatives

Women’s Studies 3355E: Feminist Activism

Dr. Erica Lawson and Dr. Kimberly Verwaaye

Full year 2017-2018

Feminism, across its various places and points of genesis, is fundamentally tied to the concept of protest – with aims for disruption and, ultimately if arguably, structural transformation. In the current global climate, many feminists are articulating more-than-ever an urgent need for active feminist interventions in broad and interconnected areas of everyday life. This course examines a variety of issues and interventions to understand what feminist action can accomplish. Some of the questions we engage include: What tools do various feminist activists take up, for what specific kinds of aims, and with what successes and why? What can we learn from the failures or exclusions of feminist activisms? What are the relationships between past or historical movements and contemporary contexts, individual and collective action, community organizing and institutions, local and global solidarities? How can feminist protest genuinely avoid divide-and-conquer politics to be the ethical, intersectional, accountable work we require of feminism in the 21st century? It is the commitment of this course that, in addition to studying feminist activism in the classroom, students engage in a Community Engagement Learning (CEL) project sustained over the course with a community organization or other partners to encourage students’ implementation of their learning -- beyond the borders of the classroom.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to complete a project defined by the community partner that helps advance the mission of their organization. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to “real world” experiences while contributing to the community organization. Projects can include literature reviews, campaign outreach materials, presentations, position papers, grant-writing, films and more.

International Relations 4702E – Contemporary Challenges in the Global Community

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Full Year 2017-2018

IR4702E is the capstone seminar for students in the international relations program. The purpose of the course is to integrate your studies in history and political science and to employ them to produce a final class report with the aim of shaping public policy. The theme of the course changes every year. In previous years, we have examined international development efforts, Canadian foreign policy, global climate change, as well as the conflicts in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Canada and the United Nations Security Council.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to complete a project defined by the community partner that helps advance the mission of their organization. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to “real world” experiences while contributing to the community organization. Projects can include literature reviews, campaign outreach materials, presentations, position papers, grant-writing, films and more.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Health Sciences 3290B: Special Topics in Health Promotion - Environmental Health Promotion

Winter 2018

Health promotion has an important role to play in addressing the complex array of environmental threats that are affecting human health and the wellbeing of our planet. Starting from this insight, this course looks at the interface between the fields of environmental health and health promotion to explore the theory and practice of environmental health promotion in its current context. Howze et al. define environmental health promotion as “any planned process employing comprehensive health promotion approaches to assess, correct, control, and prevent those factors in the environment that can potentially harm the health and quality of life of present and future generations (2004). The course introduces students to key concepts and theories used in the practice of environmental health promotion. It explores contemporary strategies to address issues such as air pollution, water scarcity, food insecurity, environmental injustice and climate change using the tools of health promotion. Given the globalized scope of the topic, cases are drawn from a variety of local, national and international settings. The intervention strategies studied utilize diverse forms of health promotion practice, including health communication and education, community capacity building, advocacy and policy making. The course employs a range of learning tools, including lectures, facilitated discussion and multimedia resources. Students will also have the opportunity to engage directly with expert practitioners in the field through a community-engaged learning project done in collaboration with environmental organizations in London.

Previous Projects Include: Creating and delivering "laser talks" regarding climate change as a public health issue to London MPs with Citizen’s Climate Lobby, creating a social media campaign and community engagement project plan for the City of London to increase the public’s awareness of the various City of London water system components and programs, literature review and presentation on shade policies for ReForest London, public outreach campaigns (e.g., flash mob, hosting a game of Environmental Feud, social media campaign, and video for YouTube channel) promoting TREA’s mission

Health Studies 3701B: Aging Body

Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic

Winter 2018

Aging Body course examines the complexities of aging from a physiological perspective and provides students with learning opportunities to examine normal and abnormal aging, theories of aging, common conditions associated with aging, compression of morbidity, the concept of frailty, aging as a developmental process, and the complex interaction of disease, disability and function with advancing age. The Aging Body course has a student engagement component where all students in the class work on one project – the development of a Mobile Aging Simulation Lab.

This is a new CEL course: Students will engage community in the class by inviting participants to complete their Mobile Aging Simulation Lab.

Kinesiology 2298A: Introduction to Management in Kinesiology

Dr. Laura Misener

Fall 2017

This course is intended to provide students with an overview of organizational management as it applies to sport, exercise, physical activity, health and recreation related organizations. Given this approach, students will focus on the managerial components of decision making and communicating, as well as the various functions of management—planning, organizing, staffing, and evaluating. Throughout the course, students are expected to examine and analyze issues and theoretical perspectives, and apply this knowledge to the practice of management in sport, exercise, physical activity, health, and recreation settings.

Previous projects include: Promoting the Middlesex-London In Motion 31-day Challenge to the Western community, Working with the Junction in London to increase awareness of its facilities and services; Create a professional presentation to present to potential donors of Wellspring, specifically used to collect donations of 'major gifts'.

Health Studies 3210A: Health Communication

Dr. Lori Donelle

Fall 2017

This course will review health communication through an examination of theoretical frameworks, communication techniques and technologies that promote the health of individuals, communities, and populations. Topics may include health literacy, clinician to client communication, peer to peer communication, ‘edutainment’ communication, effective public health messages and mass media campaigns, risk and emergency communication.

Previous Projects Include: Literature review and communication plan to help older adults navigate available health and social services, creation of infographics to communicate health information to various target audiences in simple and concise ways, researched and evaluated mental health apps to determine which are best to promote.

Health Studies 4711A: Gerontology in Practice

Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic

Fall 2017

Gerontology in Practice is a Community Service Learning course in which small groups of Health Sciences students will work alongside community partners on projects targeting health and aging. By researching authentic, real-life problems identified by community partners, students will be required to explore the theoretical factors behind the issue, discern and critically evaluate available solutions and come up with a proposal to advocate for change. Through reflection, discussion, video, presentation and preparation of an implementation document, students will learn through civic engagement and provide community partners with additional options to improve the lives of the elderly in our community.

Previous projects include: Working with the Age Friendly London Network to develop a Functionality Index to match the physical ability of older adult participants with appropriate physical fitness programs in the community; Working alongside the Glen Cairn 55 & Better Program to collect oral histories of older adults in the Glen Cairn/Pond Mills areas so to be able to share stories of life transitions with fellow older adults; Making suggestions to improve volunteer engagement in an emergency preparedness program at the Middlesex-London Health Unit assessing fall rates within the VON’s SMART program.

Faculty of Science

Computer Science 1033A/B: Multimedia and Communications

Dr. Laura Reid and Dr. Vivi Tryphonopoulos

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

This course explores the use of different types of media (e.g., text, images, sound, animation) to convey ideas and facilitate interaction. Topics include the design and use of a range of software tools for media creation and editing, covering image, sound, animation and video. In this course, students will have the opportunity, using Photoshop, to participate in Community Engaged Learning by creating a poster for a partner organization or for an upcoming event given by an organization. The course is large so the partner can select their favourite poster from almost 800 student designs. Partnering organizations should have a rough idea of the text they would like included on the poster and the general message that the poster should convey.

Previous projects include: Creating a poster about the jewelry created by women at “My Sister’s Place” and Epilepsy Awareness month.

Biology 4410F: Restoration Ecology

Dr. Daria Koscinski

Fall 2017

This course looks at restoration ecology in theory and in practice. Topics covered include ecosystem functioning, ecological relationships at various spatial scales as they apply to restoration, invasive species management, reclamation of contaminated sites, restoration of various types of ecosystems (e.g. forest, tall grass prairie, wetland), value of ecosystem services, financial and practical considerations in ecological restoration project.

Previous projects include: Restoration of habitat along the inactive Canada South Railway corridor in the eastern portion of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Students were asked to interview local residents about their experience with nature, and share them through storytelling.

Biology 4920F/G: Seminar in Biology

Dr. Graeme Taylor

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

This course is intended for students to further develop the skills necessary to search, understand, synthesize, discuss and present (orally and written) the published literature on topics in biology. This course offers students the opportunity to think broadly about biology, both its results and scientific process. This course gives students the opportunity to practice several different kinds of communication and critical thinking, and gives students opportunities to mobilize their acquired knowledge through educating others on various topics of biology through community partnerships.

Previous Projects Include: Information pamphlets for Thames Regional Ecological Association about rain barrels and compost bins and how to use them effectively; Packaged and catalogued more than 7000 seeds for the London Seed Library in collaboration with Food Not Lawns; Prepared a report indicating the estimated value of ecosystem services in the 15 properties owned by the Thames Talbot Land Trust

Faculty of Social Science

DAN Management and Organizational Studies 9330: Project Management

Dr. Johanna Weststar

Winter 2018

A project is a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. In traditional organizations, projects represent one-off endeavours that are separate from the everyday operations of the organization (i.e., a change initiative, a particular campaign, developing a new feature). In project-based organizations, all work is organized in the project-based model (i.e., theatre, television, video games, construction and building trades.) In this course, students will be learning how to manage projects from start to finish through initiation, planning, execution and control. Students will apply the principles of project management to ensure that the project meets the stated requirements in terms of scope, quality, cost, schedule, resources and risk. This course will partner students with community organizations who have a project for completion. This will help students see the concepts of project management come to life while helping to advance the mission of partner organizations.

Previous projects include: Community-based Skills Exchange platform and plan for marketing, website development, and recruiting block captains; on-campus fundraising events and campaign to create Western Students awareness of Wellspring London; community garden program plan for the YMCA to actively engages youth (13-18).

Anthropology 9201B: Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology

Dr. Karen Pennesi

Winter 2018

In this course, graduate students learn methods for conducting qualitative research in anthropology. Methods of data collection include: participant observation, interviewing, surveys, participatory mapping, ethnographic observation, and more. Students will engage in small group projects with a community partner to learn about developing a research plan, recruiting participants, ethical considerations and collaborative research. Data analysis will be largely qualitative, focused on identifying common themes, delineating a range of opinions or experiences, and exploring meanings of particular concepts, experiences, relationships, etc. Findings may be presented in a variety of formats such as a written report, an oral presentation or an online newsletter, according to the needs of the community partner.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to complete a project defined by the community partner that helps advance the mission of their organization. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to “real world” experiences while contributing to the community organization. Projects will focus on exploratory and qualitative research.

Anthropology 3332F: Sociocultural Anthropological Perspectives on the Lifecourse

Dr. Andrew Walsh

Fall 2017

This course examines how stages in the human life course are understood and experienced in different sociocultural contexts. Students will read about and participate in discussions of cross-cultural studies of topics including pregnancy, birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, parenthood, aging, death and the afterlife. Additionally, we will complement weekly readings and discussions on particular stages of the life course with a term-long focus on the question of what it means to live a “good life” in different socio-cultural contexts. This will be accomplished through bi-weekly discussions of particular sources, and projects in which students will spend time with and interview seniors (either seniors already known to them, or seniors in the community who are willing to volunteer their time).

This is a new CEL course: Students will engage with seniors in the community to learn about their lived experiences. These conversation could take place through informal interviews/conversations and/or overseeing social activities with seniors.

Psychology 3315E: Addictions: Theory and Practice

Dr. Riley Hinson

Full Year 2017-2018

This course deals with addictions, mainly drug addictions but also other forms of addiction. The intent is to expose students to many of the issues that arise in the addictions field: What is an addiction and why do people become addicted? How can we prevent addictions? How can we treat addictions and what are some of the treatment options?

Previous Projects Include: Online training modules for Addictions Services of Thames Valley to assist staff with their understanding of the DSM -5 updates; Program review of all Westover Treatment Centre services as they compare with current literature and best practices

Psychology 3317E: Community Psychology

Dr. Leora Swartzman

Full Year 2017-2018

Community psychology seeks to understand relationships between environmental conditions and the development of health and well-being of all members of a community. Students will learn about the principles and values of community psychology; community research; types and models of prevention; stress, coping and social support; psychological sense of community; and strategies for social change. In the first half of the Fall semester, through classroom exercises and small assignments, students will develop their knowledge translation skills: accessing, interpreting and critically evaluating appropriate research that addresses a specific real-world problem; communicating research findings/science orally and in writing in a way that is understandable to non-specialist audiences. From the second half of the Fall term through the entire Winter term, they will apply the knowledge and skills acquired to date (i.e., engage in the practice of community psychology) through their work on the community partner projects. Towards the end of the Winter term, a large part of class time will be dedicated to student presentations in which they provide an overview of the community-based project and other aspects of what they learned (e.g., about themselves, the setting, community psychology-related issues).

Previous Projects Include: Examining the impact of Space and the neighbourhood environment on residents’ well-being for Crouch Resource Neighborhood Resource Centre; create a plan to transition a mutual aid Positive Parenting Program from one that is facilitator-led to one that is peer led but facilitator supported for Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre.

Psychology 3840F: Research Methods in Psychology - Surveys

Dr. Don Saklofske

Fall 2017

The aim of this course is to become familiar with and develop the fundamental skills of survey research methods in applied contexts that focus on the psychology of human behavior, thinking and feeling of persons and groups. Various data collection methods that employ a survey design framework will be examined that focus on defining the questions to be addressed, creation of measures, methods of collecting information, the significance of a RSVP (reliability, standardization, validity, practicality) basis for understanding data, analyzing and summarizing results and reporting the findings and conclusions. This is a ‘’hands-on’ class with a focus on skills development and thus students, in groups, will be actively involved throughout the course from developing a survey to reporting the results. Attendance and full participation throughout the class is mandatory.

Previous Projects Include: Students both developed and facilitated the collection of data for for the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of London, County of Middlesex, and Community Living London.

Sociology 2259: Sociology of Deviance

Dr. Lauren Barr

Full Year 2017-2018

What does it mean to be a member of a group, to be excluded? What are the forces at play in determining who is considered to be deviant and who is considered to be normal and why? This course will examine the various sociological theories and debates regarding conformity and deviation, as well as certain key contemporary issues. Individuals are characterized as normal or deviant on the basis of many attributes. For the purposes of this course class, age, race, gender, and physical and mental “ability” will serve as themes around which to examine various aspects of deviance.

Previous Projects Include: Filmed interviews to share the stories of members of the Ark Aid community; Literature review about male prostitution and how attitudes can be changed; List of indicators showing extent and impact of housing issues for those living with mental health problems/illness and/or addictions at a community level.

Political Science 3317F: Interest Groups and Social Movements

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Fall 2017

This course helps students critically assess issues and debates on social movements and interest groups in Canadian, North American and global politics. We emphasize the different approaches and perspectives on interest groups and social movements with a particular focus on the difference between top-down and bottom-up approaches. We explore the histories of social movements with an emphasis on the political practices and tactics that allow issues to mobilize the populace, become integrated in political systems or remain on the margins of political sensibility.

Previous projects include: Social media plan to raise awareness and involvement of newcomers for Neighbourhood Watch London.

Political Science 3366E: International Conflict Management

Dr. Nigmendra Narain

Full Year 2017-2018

International conflict is an ever-present part of the contemporary world. Whether conflict is between states or inside states, or whether it is between state and/or non-state actors, the affects and effects of international conflict are numerous. At the same time, there are calls and demands to handle and solve international conflicts and their deadly consequences – whether resulting through slow processes or swift actions. Students in this course will study the correlates and causes of conflict, from the individual to the global levels, and their interconnections, management and remedies.

Previous projects include: Lobbying plan to implement an Educational Ombudsperson in the Province of Ontario to serve as the voice for those facing bullying issues within the schools of Ontario (in collaboration with London Anti-Bullying Coalition).

Political Science 3326E: American-Canadian Relations

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Full Year 2017-2018

This course will help you assess the current state of Canadian‐American relations through a variety of perspectives, issues and policy debates. We will emphasize processes of North American integration and Canada-US divergence from local, regional and global perspectives. We will explore economic and political integration as well as forms of divergence where students will analyze developments in the areas of culture, literature, security, environment, film and labour. Students will also debate and discuss the processes of policy development in comparative terms, with an emphasis on the role of actors in civil society. Students will be given the option to complete Community Service Learning (CSL) placement or projects that will allow these issues to the brought to life to the student, while making an important contribution to a community organization in the London area.

Political Science 3201G: International Law

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Winter 2018

This course explores the political implications of international law. It examines competing approaches and considers the nature of international law in both domestic and international contexts. International law is discussed in the context of contemporary issues both local and global, including dispute settlement, the rule of law, migration and immigration, humanitarian aid and assistance, the globalization of international conflict, international legal mechanisms, and issues surrounding human rights at home and abroad.

Previous projects include: Website and Blog Development, Analysis of London Employment Space, Newcomer Settlement Plan & Community Engagement for the African Canadian Federation of London; Literature review and recommendations on best practices of qualities of welcoming communities for the Inclusion and Civic Engagement Sub-council

Don Wright Faculty of Music

Music 4812A/B: Music Education in Action

Dr. Robert Wood

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

This fourth year course seeks to place students in real-world community and school educational situations in which students can draw together and apply the concepts they have learned about Music Education in the previous three years of the Music Education program.

Previous placements include: Students observed and participated in the C.L.A.P. program, being involved in the development of lesson plans for the programs; Students were involved with the L’Arche London Music Club, in the setup of the sound equipment, welcoming music club members, and playing or singing along with the hour of musical requests.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Masters of Media in Journalism and Communication 9503: Shoot for the Heart: Harnessing the Power of Video Storytelling

Jeremy Copeland

Winter 2018

Whether you’re a journalist wanting to draw international attention to the Syrian refugee crisis, working for an aid organization asking for donations to help those refugees, or trying to promote your organization for any other reason, video can be a powerful storytelling tool. Used effectively, video allows viewers to deeply connect with people in your stories. In this course you will learn to use moving pictures and audio to make your viewers care about an issue and to inspire them to take action.

Previous Projects Include: Students have produced videos stories for more than 30 local organizations, including the Make A Wish Foundation, Big Brothers and Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, the Canadian Women’s Sledge Hockey Team, the Preschool of the Arts, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, the Epilepsy Support Centre and CLAP.


Scholar’s Electives 4400y: Scholars Electives Capstone Course

Dr. Doug Jones, Dr. Jeff Hutter, Dr. Karen Danylchuck, Dr. Tracy Isaacs, and Dr. Joan Finegan

Fall 2017

Non-profit organizations in the London community are often faced with “wicked problems” that are very difficult to solve due to their complex, contradictory, changing or cross-cutting nature (Weber & Khademian, 2008). Using an approach that blends theory and practice, Scholars Electives students will work in interdisciplinary groups within organizations over the Fall Term to collaborate with organizations to provide insight and recommendations of how to alleviate a “wicked problem” the organization is facing.

Previous Projects Include: Adapted content of an online module to appropriately communicate the health information to the target audience; created a report and presentation containing recommendations for effective tourism implementation strategies, based on consultation with Middlesex County community members and a survey of best practices in similar municipalities in Ontario; produced a business plan for the implementation of a local thrift store

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Biochemistry 4455G: Translational Concepts in Cancer Biology

Dr. David Rodenhiser

Winter 2018

Biochemistry 4455G will be the capstone course in a new BMSC Honors Specialization module in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology. The course will emphasize the translation of cancer research discoveries into clinical cancer practice, through an emphasis on critical thinking, evaluation of data from the basic science and clinical oncology literature, research design and ethical conduct. A Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) component in the curriculum will integrate students in a small group / team learning context through coordination with relevant community partners associated with cancer research, support and care.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to complete a project defined by the community partner that helps advance the mission of their organization. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to “real world” experiences while contributing to the community organization. Projects can include literature reviews, campaign outreach materials, presentations, position papers, grant-writing, films and more.

Medical Sciences 4300F/G: Addressing Health Care Challenges Using Scientific Inquiry

Dr. Sarah McLean

Fall 2017

This course will focus on addressing health care misconceptions with students using scientific inquiry. Online work will focus on the underlying pathophysiology, biochemistry, and epidemiology of relevant healthcare issues. In-class sessions include active learning exercises and discussions with community healthcare members. A community-service learning project is undertaken related to healthcare communication and/or promotion.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to complete a project defined by the community partner that helps advance the mission of their organization. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to “real world” experiences while contributing to the community organization. Projects can include literature reviews, campaign outreach materials, presentations, position papers, grant-writing, films and more.

Master of Public Health: Community Engaged Learning

Dr. Lloy Wylie and Dr. Ava John-Baptiste

Winter 2018

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is designed to fill a novel niche at the intersection of leadership, sustainability and policy within the Canadian Health Care System as well as more globally. It is an interdisciplinary, interfaculty program that seeks to prepare students to address main public health challenges in Canada and abroad, thus opening avenues and opportunities for the students to serve not just in their local communities, but also contribute and lead in national and global public health initiatives as the change agents.

The Community Engaged Learning projects will seek to enhance the learning in the courses by bringing course concepts to life and affording students the opportunity to work in real-world settings where they can apply their acquired knowledge. Projects will inform the classroom and academic experience of MPH students for the following courses:
   •   Community Health Assessment & Program Evaluation
   •   Health Economics

During the program, students study a variety of public health topics, including:

Maternal/Child Health Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Response
Communicable and Chronic Disease
Mental Health
Determinants of Health and Health Equity

Huron University College

Public Administration 9915: Methods and Issues in Program and Policy Evaluation

Dr. Bill Irwin

Fall 2017

The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the major issues in the fields of program and policy evaluation. Students will develop an understanding of the theoretical frameworks used for evaluative research, validity issues in evaluative research, and the multi-methods, theory-driven approach to evaluation. The course begins with an overview of the process through which policies and programs are considered, developed, approved, implemented and evaluated. Evaluation research can be expensive, difficult, rarely conclusive, and politically unpopular. Still evaluation research is of increasing relevance in an era where economy, efficiency and effectiveness are integral to the delivery of public sector services. The new emphasis on results, coupled with a shift to contracting out, partnerships, and special operating agencies has increased the need for evaluation. The major types of evaluations will be considered, including: formative, process and summative evaluation, economic evaluation, and performance measurement. A major focus in the course will be evaluation design and delivery in a climate of evolving citizen and political expectations regarding public services.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to program or policy evaluation plan that can be implemented by the organization once it is completed. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to “real world” experiences while contributing to the community organization. Projects can include literature reviews, campaign outreach materials, presentations, position papers, grant-writing, films and more

International Courses

Under our Global Experience portfolio, you will find more information regarding International CEL Courses and Faculty-led Study Abroad programs. Learn more

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