Courses & Offerings

Working under the supervision of a community partner, students complete community-based projects and/or placements as part of their course credit. Projects are defined by community organizations to meet their unique needs and are intentionally aligned with learning outcomes of courses in various disciplines. 

Check out our Western Libraries Scholarship@Western site which showcases previous student projects that meet community-identified needs.


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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities: Philosophy of Well-Being

Dr. Anthony Skelton

Arts and Humanities 3200E

Dr. Kim Solga

Full year 2022-2023

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

Dr. Patrick Mahon

Fall 2022 and/or Winter 2023

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.

Previous projects include: Working with Art 4 All Kids to provide free fine arts lessons to underserved children, ages 7-12; working with LIFE*SPIN on a Legislative/By-law review to prepare affordable housing recommendations.

English 3580G: Canadian Literature: Creativity and the Local

Dr. Manina Jones

Winter 2023

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.

The course will investigate the nature and significance of local literary cultures of Southwestern Ontario. How and why are these forms of creativity generated and why are they important? The course will consider how narrative, poetry, and drama may produce a sense of individual and collective identity, belonging, and agency at the local level -- or respond to the lack thereof; how they are used to foster dialogue between local communities; how they produce a range of responses to particular landscapes and histories; how literary cultures interact with the material exigencies of local economies and government policies at a variety of levels; how local literary creativity resonates on broader or alternative scales (eg., civic, regional, Indigenous, ethnic, national, international, "universal").

Previous projects include: Researching Deaf culture, and writing a program editorial for the Grand Theatre’s production of Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell; working with Words Festival to build a new Public Engagement Strategy for the Souwesto Book Expo; producing and marketing a book, The Triumph of Teresa Harris, and a CD, the Dream Life of Teresa Harris with London writer Penn Kemp; creating blog content for the Grit Uplifted Creative Writing Group, an open forum for learning, self-expression and the building of trust and community for people that are homeless, at risk of being homeless, or have experienced homelessness.

Philosophy 2010F: Philosophy of Food

Dr. Benjamin Hill

Fall 2022

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.

Philosophy 4901G: Honours Capstone: Community Engaged Learning (CEL)

Prof. Carolyn McLeod

There are two versions of the Honours Capstone course: a regular seminar (Phil 4900F/G) and a community-engaged learning course (Phil 4901F/G). One of these is available each year and students enrolled in the Honours Specialization in Philosophy must take at least one. This year we are offering the CEL version, in which students "apply their philosophical skills [and knowledge] outside the classroom through … project-based partnerships with community groups selected by or for students" (Academic Calendar). They could choose either a community group they’ve worked with in the past or from among a list of groups that will made available to them. Through this experience, they will learn about the practical value of philosophical skills and knowledge.

On top of having a CEL component, the course will have a theme that focuses on the instructor (Prof. McLeod’s) current research. That theme is Trust and Belonging. Community organizations need people to trust them, and for that to happen, they usually need people to feel a sense of belonging to the community or to the organization itself. These days, however, trust and belonging are in short supply, and that is particularly true among people who are members of socially marginalized groups. Many community organizations struggle with trust and belonging, and our goal will be to help them overcome or cope with this problem. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of trust and belonging—and of contraries to them, including distrust, Othering, alienation—by reading what philosophers and other scholars have written on these topics. They will choose a CEL project that concerns trust, belonging, or related issues so that they can apply the scholarly knowledge they gain to the real world and understand its relevance to communities and community organizations.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to complete a design project defined by the community partner that helps advance their mission. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to practical experiences while contributing to the community organization.

Spanish 2200/3300: Intermediate and Advanced Spanish

Coordinated by Dr. Alba Devo-Colis

Full Year 2022-2023

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 Engaged 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. Note: In the past, the CEL component of Spanish 2200 CEL was an optional Impact Experience. Students have participated in the Dominican Republic Impact Experience working with Outreach 360.  This included teaching English in elementary schools, facilitating learning activities for children, creating lesson plans and delivering them to students, and taking part in various building and program development projects for the English Institute.

Studio Art 3692B - Special Topic: Embroiders’ Guild

Professor T. Johnson

Winter 2023

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. Each student will produce an individual “sampler” which will document their experiences and learning in the course. With these new skills, students will also initiate their own embroidery/ textile art project with assistance of members from the Embroiderers’ Guild. Students will engage with the community by attending select events and get-togethers organized by the Embroiderer’s Guild and contribute to the Guild-initiated textile projects. Students will research the histories and social constructs around embroidery with a short presentation.

Theatre Studies 2202G: Performance Beyond Theatres

Dr. Kim Solga

Fall 2022

Performance Beyond Theatres introduces students in the Theatre Studies major and minor to the interdisciplinary field of Performance Studies, which gathers knowledge and practices from anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, literary studies, and more. Performance Studies investigates the performative nature of everyday life, examining such phenomena as walking and moving in the city, sports events, religious services, political protests, and the development of neighbourhood cultures (for example, gentrification practices) through the lens of performance. The goal of TS2202 is to help students understand how performance structures everyday interactions in the public sphere and shapes the ways in which our citizenship is actualized; it is an example of "performance as a public practice", something that has grown ever more urgent to explore with the arrival of COVID-19. In Fall 2022, TS2202 will partner once again with students in Psychology 3895, Social Science in the Community – as we create performance actions both live and online to support partnering organizations' goals.

Previous projects include: Students in two courses - Performance Beyond Theatres & Social Science in the Community - collaborated and combined their disciplinary knowledge and methods to shed light on and generate ways to address racism, xenophobia, physical-ableism, and sanism.

Faculty of Engineering

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 4413Y: Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering: Chemical Engineering in Society

Dr. Andy Hrymak and Dr. Amarjeet Bassi

The objectives of this course are:

  1. To offer an opportunity to students to gain experience to solve challenges related to the theme of sustainability by working with external industry or Governmental partners on challenge problems requiring interdisciplinary perspectives;
  2. To offer opportunities to students to work effectively as a member and leader in teams, in a multi-disciplinary setting;
  3. To communicate complex engineering concepts within the profession and with society at large;
  4. to analyze social and environmental aspects of engineering activities, including an understanding of the interactions that engineering has with the economic, social, health, safety, legal, and cultural aspects of society, the uncertainties in the prediction of such interactions; and the concepts of sustainable design and development and environmental stewardship.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to complete a design project defined by the community partner that helps advance their mission. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to practical experiences while contributing to the community organization. The project theme will be: Community Based Sustainability Projects including the areas of, but not limited to: Energy; Water, Waste, Supply chain management; Climate Change management; Recycling; Education; Carbon capture/footprint.

Engineering Science 1050: Foundations of Engineering Practice (CityStudio London course)

Dr. John Dickinson

Full-year 2022-2023

Introduction to the principles and practices of professional engineering. Team-based design projects provide context for developing research, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills along with professional behaviour. Includes elements of need recognition, conceptualisation, prototyping, and engineering design to satisfy commercial specifications. Emphasis on creativity, teamwork, time management, communication and engineering skills necessary to practice in any engineering discipline. At the end of the course students will be able to model professional engineering behaviour and work in teams to execute all parts of a systematic design process, including seeking and critically examining information and communicating effectively with clients and other stakeholders.

This is a CityStudio London course: Students in this course have designed: a tablet mount for a paratransit vehicle to improve usability and control during transit; a voice-controlled television; kayak seats to address specific user needs; gamification application for counting currency.

Mechanical and Materials Engineering 4499: Mechanical Engineering Design Project

Prof. Paul Kurowski, Prof. John Makaran, and Prof. Ryan Willing

Students will develop and practice engineering design skills by working on a team-based project. Students will experience all phases of the design process, including problem definition, generation and evaluation of concepts, engineering analysis, prototyping, testing, and preparation of design documentation. Project management and communications skills will also be emphasized.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to complete a design project defined by the community partner that helps advance their mission. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to practical experiences while contributing to the community organization.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Health Sciences 3010F: Introduction to Rural Studies

Dr. Tara Mantler

Fall 2022

This course offers an introduction to rural communities within the Canadian context. This course will examine how rural and urban communities differ using sociological, infrastructure, political, and health services perspectives. By the end of this course students will be able to: - Identify and critique rural communities utilizing various definitions - Examine factors contributing to ‘rurality’ - Understand how geographic location intersects with various social determinants of health - Identify and critically examine how geographic location intersects with health (including disease prevalence, service use/availability, and health outcomes) - Explore contemporary issues in rural health - Engage in critical scholarship of the impact of rurality on health.

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.

Health Sciences 3240B: Environmental Health Promotion

Dr. Denise Grafton

Winter 2023

Environmental health 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. 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 epidemiology and toxicology, air pollution, water quality and scarcity, healthy built environments, vector-borne illness, and climate change using the tools of health promotion and health protection. 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 includeCreating 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

Occupational Therapy 9652: Engaging in Occupation: Community and Population Level Practice

Dr. Carri Hand

September 2022 – December 2022 and February 22 – April 4 2023 (students are on placement in January and February and not expected to work on projects at that time)

Through this course students will develop the capabilities required for occupational therapy practice at organization, community and societal levels, oriented toward social and occupational justice, including understanding, analyzing and addressing the social landscape through advocacy that enables occupation and system change. Students will engage in integrated fieldwork activities involving promoting the profession of occupational therapy and working with a community partner to enact change.

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.

Ivey Business School

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

MIT 2025B: Research Methods for the Digital Age

Melissa Adler

Winter 2023

An introduction to the range of research methods appropriate for understanding scholarship in the fields of communications, information, and media studies, including surveys, interviewing, content analysis and ethnography. Students will study specific methods in the context of the media-related topics that these methods have been used to address.

This is a new CEL course: Students will partner with local community organizations to complete a design project defined by the community partner that helps advance their mission. By engaging in a project, students are able to apply their course content knowledge to practical experiences while contributing to the community organization.

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

Jeremy Copeland

Winter 2023

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. Karen Danylchuck, Dr. Tracy Isaacs, Dr. Dan Shrubsole, Dr. Brad Urquhart, Dr. Ken Yeung

November - March

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.

Don Wright Faculty of Music

Music 3812A/B: Music Education in Community

Dr. Betty Anne Younker and Dr. Kevin Watson

Fall 2022 and Winter 2023

This third 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 two years of the Music Education program. 

Previous projects include: Students organized and participated in community coffeehouses at Luke's Place; Students participated in a weekly drop-in jam session for those with lived experience of mental illness through Belong to Song; Students assisted and empowered youth to experience a free, intensive, innovative and accessible after-school music program with El Sistema - Aeolian Hall.    

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Biochemistry 4455G: Translational Concepts in Cancer Biology

Dr. Alison Allan

Full year 2022-2023

Biochemistry 4455G is 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.

Previous projects include: Students have created materials appealing to high school aged youth to promote annual Canadian Cancer Society Let’s Talk Cancer Event and help dispel cancer myths, designed and conducted surveys to evaluate the impact of programs offered by Kids Kicking Cancer on participants, and developed a project plan/business case to support moving PSMA PET scanning into the standard of care for men with prostate cancer in Ontario.

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

Dr. Sarah McLean

Full year 2022-2023

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.

Previous projects include: Students have developed a business case for presentation to the South West Local Health Integration Network recommendations based off the initial study findings for a lift assists service to be provided by Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services, increased awareness, support and funding of mind-body initiatives (yoga and mindfulness) for mental health and addiction recovery, and conducted community mapping of resources available within communities of Ontario that will aid in Teen Challenge graduates’ exit strategies and after-care support.

Medical Sciences 9603: Experiential Community Rotation

Jedd Sardido

Full-year 2022-2023

The community-engaged experiential rotation will provide students with a breadth of exposure to a field in medical science research. Students will complete several tasks associated with this rotation including a needs assessment before they go out on rotation and a summary when they return. This experiential rotation will provide an opportunity for students to connect theory and practice in the program. Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor (one of the core program members) who will oversee and if necessary, facilitate the rotation placements for their group of students. Assessments and assignments related to the rotations will be part of the accompanying program components

Master of Public Health: Community Engaged Learning

Dr. Lloy Wylie and Dr. Ava John-Baptiste

Winter 2023

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
  • Managing Health Services

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

Faculty of Science

Biology 4920F/G: Seminar in Biology

Dr. Graeme Taylor

Fall 2022 and Winter 2023

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.

Computer Science 1033A/B: Multimedia and Communications

Laura Reid and Bryan Sarlo

Fall 2022 and Winter 2023

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.

Environment and Sustainability 9430/9440: Interdisciplinary Research seminar (CityStudio London course)

Dr. Ben Rubin

Full-year 2022-2023

The objective of this seminar series is to initiate an interdisciplinary dialog between students and faculty from the various disciplines represented in the collaborative specialization. The seminar series provides graduate students the opportunity to discuss their research with a multi-disciplinary group that shares a common interest in the environment and sustainability. Students are required to attend seminars and participate in discussions. Each student will give one seminar each year. The seminar will provide background information on the student’s general research area as well as specific aspects of their research project. Critical to the success of this seminar series is active participation in the discussion to follow each presentation.

In this course, students will:

   •   learn how to present their research to a multi-disciplinary audience; and
   •   learn to participate effectively in multi-disciplinary discussions and working groups.

This is a CityStudio London course: CityStudio is a proven model out of Vancouver and is now being adapted across Canada. CityStudio London is a collaboration between the City of London, Pillar Nonprofit Network, and all the post-secondary institutions in London (i.e., Fanshawe College, Western University, and all the affiliate colleges). The partnering organizations co-create experiential learning opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills to tackle challenges facing our community and contribute meaningfully to our city’s future.

Integrated Science 3002A: Science and the Community

Dr. Christina Booker & Dr. Gurpaul Kochhar

Fall 2022

This experiential learning course will foster interaction between students and community partners regarding a specific project. Students will mobilize their classroom and laboratory knowledge in order to address questions of relevance to a local company or non-profit organization. Students will be trained to identify, evaluate and construct an evidence-based stance on contentious products, or claims, in the media, or in society, on the basis of the science behind them and communicate these arguments to both scientific, as well as general, audiences. One two-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial per week.

Previous projects include: Research report regarding the contributing sources of phosphorus/nutrient pollution in Lake Erie to inform the prioritization of City resources to minimize phosphorus/nutrient pollution in Lake Erie; Updated overview of the latest claims by media/marketers causing residents to distrust the safety of their municipal drinking water system to advise the public that it may be unnecessary to purchase their own treatment systems, or to consume water from a commercial source.

Faculty of Social Science

DAN Management and Organizational Studies 9330: Project Management

Lucas Thung

Full Year 2022-2023

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 & control and closure. 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 includeExecute an event to test and pilot a live-in student placement program to support residents of Plant A Home with developmental disabilities; Create recruitment strategies and connections outside current and conventional avenues to enhance and boost recruitment of qualified candidates at Participation House. 

International Relations 2704G: Global Politics Since 1945

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Winter 2023

This course expands on current affairs in world politics, global trends, and policy challenges that shape international relations. Topics will include global pandemics, global gender relations, competition between major powers, the spread of populism and racism in media and information politics, climate change, and the global efforts to address inequality

Political Science 3210F: Canada-US Relations

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Fall 2022

This course will help you critically assess the current state of Canadian-American relations through a variety of perspectives, issues and policy debates. We will emphasize the importance of theories and arguments related to North American integration and 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 defence, security, environment, culture 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 Engaged Learning 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 2023

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.

Psychology 3315E: Addictions: Theory and Practice

Dr. Riley Hinson

Full Year 2022-2023

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 2022-2023

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 3995E: Social Science in the Community

Dr. Leora Swartzman

Full Year 2022-2023

Social Science in the Community is a professional development course where students, working in interdisciplinary teams, develop transferable skills by applying their scholarship to help community partners address needs. Course seminars will provide students with the foundational knowledge (e.g., about community engagement, advocacy, knowledge exchange) to work effectively with community partners involved in the project to maximize their collaborative impact. Learning will occur largely through project -related work and independent reading, assigned reading and material presented in class. This will be assessed by class quizzes and contributions to class discussions.

Much of class time in the first half of the Fall semester is aimed at deepening students’ understanding of the material and ability to apply it. Most class time towards the end of the Fall term will be dedicated to student presentations in which they describe the community agency in which they have been placed, what they have learned to date and the scope of the project they are to deliver at the end of the winter term. They will also assign one (or two) readings for the class and will bring that material into the presentation on discussion. In the Winter term, students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired to date through their work on the community agency projects. Working in pairs, students will spend an average of 4-5 hours per week on placement and on the project. Course- related activities in the Winter term will revolve around the projects.

Previous projects include: Students in two courses - Social Science in the Community & Performance Beyond Theatres - collaborated and combined their disciplinary knowledge and methods to shed light on and generate ways to address racism, xenophobia, physical-ableism, and sanism.

Sociology 4425G: Advanced Sociology of Youth

Lauren Barr

Winter 2023

This course focuses on the debates in this new field, including disputes among theoretical and methodological approaches, and disagreements about how to conceptualize "youth," youth culture, and the lack of youth involvement in adult institutions. The role of public policy is examined in addressing the political economy of youth.

Previous projects include: creating a TikTok campaign to educate youth about concussions for the Concussion Legacy Foundation of Canada; completing a literature review and research plan on the topic of unsanctioned street parties for the Town and Gown Association of Ontario; and working with the West Elgin Community Health Centre on strategies to promote a sense of belonging in rural communities, ease the transition from high school to university/college, and create initiatives to support youth shifting into a post-pandemic world.

Continuing Studies

PREL 6036: Media Relations

Janis Wallace

Winter 2023

The world of media is changing almost daily. This course will provide students with the critical thinking processes, analytical skills, strategic planning and practical techniques needed for professional competencies. It will challenge students to constantly re-evaluate their worldview, question prevailing ideas, consider new variables in that changing climate, and discard tactics once thought brilliant but no longer work. These are the abilities they will need to be effective PR professionals.

Through the classes, students will explore the evolution of the media, the convergence of media today, and the effects of media on audiences. They will learn how earned, owned, and paid media play together.

As well as practising tactics such as releases, interviews, kits, plans, campaigns relationship building, students will learn how to become credible sources of information and strategic advisors.

Previous projects include: Developing a strategic plan for community engagement for Fanshawe Pioneer Village's 60th Anniversary; Ontario-Quebec Tour; Creating effective tools/strategies to disseminate information and communication throughout Participation House that relate to all different generations within the organization.

MKTG 6013: Advanced Marketing Strategy

Janis Wallace

Winter 2023

Synthesize the various skills you'’ve learned so far in this program by developing and/or implementing a “real world” marketing project in conjunction with a local “Client” organization. Work as a multi-disciplinary team with your classmates, similar to a marketing agency or department. Develop and monitor your own project plan, prepare a marketing plan, do your research, budget and measure ROI.

Previous projects include: Completing a best practice study on newsletters for Pillar Nonprofit Network to increase readership and meet the needs of the new membership structure.

International Courses

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