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

Dr. Patrick Mahon

Fall 2019 and/or Winter 2020

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.

Arts and Humanities: (G)local London: Local Histories, Current Practices, Decolonization (CityStudio London)

Dr. Patrick Mahon

Winter 2020

A major focus of (G)local London will be the students' research and development of a Community Project Presentation in the form of a video or multimedia digital program; the production will expand upon what they learned in the Fall of 2019. The develop ment of the presentation will take place in two phases. In Phase One, students will research historical London narratives and current social practices, for example, by studying museum artefacts, tracing immigrant histories, or interviewing local citizens. In Phase Two, students will work with instructor, Patrick Mahon, as well as a professional videographer or other technical expert, to develop their final project. The outcome will be presented publicly at an agreed upon time, preferably in Spring 2020.

This is a new 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 opportunties for students to apply their knowledge and skills to tackle challenges facing our community and contribute meaningfully to our City’s future.

Intercultural Communications 2500F: Bridging Classroom and Community: Languages & Cultures in Action

Dr. Angela Borchert

Fall 2019

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 Modern Languages and Literatures department offering.

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.

Intercultural Communications 3300G: Making a Difference: Portfolio in Intercultural Communication

Dr. Angela Borchert

Winter 2020

What do you need to be interculturally effective? Using local experiences, gain global competencies by developing a comparative perspective on expectations, myths, roles, norms, rituals and language. Figure out how to make a difference by applying your skills and reflecting on local experiences to gain global
competencies.

Previous projects include: Students partnered with Middlesex County Economic Development on the Middlesex County Resident Attraction project, meeting and interviewing residents, and creating newcomer profiles to share back with the community.

Philosophy 2010F: Philosophy of Food

TBD

Fall 2019

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

Spanish 2200/3300: Intermediate and Advanced Spanish

Coordinated by Ana Garcia Allen

Full Year 2019-2020

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

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: The CEL component of Spanish 2200 CEL can be participating in a designated ASB experience. Students have participated in ASB Dominican Republic working with Outreach 360 to teach English in elementary schools, facilitate learning activities for children, create lesson plans and deliver them to students, and take part in various building and program development projects for the English Institute.

Theatre Studies 2202G: Performance Beyond Theatres (CityStudio London)

Dr. Kim Solga

Winter 2020

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 Performance Studies, and thus of this class, is to help students understand how performance structures everyday interactions and shapes the ways in which citizenship is actualized; it is thus an example of "performance as a public practice", something at the core of our Theatre Studies program at Western. (We need think no further than the differing, yet weirdly complementary, styles of politicians like Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump to understand very clearly how performance actualizes citizenship in both positive and negative ways.).

This is a new 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 opportunties for students to apply their knowledge and skills to tackle challenges facing our community and contribute meaningfully to our City’s future.

Women's Studies 4461F: Feminist Activism

Dr. Kim Verwaayen

Fall 2019

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.

Faculty of Engineering

Engineering Science 1050: Foundations of Engineering Practice

Dr. John Dickinson

Fall 2019

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 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.

Engineering 4485A Cities: Resilience and Sustainability (CityStudio London)

Dr. Hassan Peerhossaini

Fall 2019

Cities are complex dynamical systems, which pose extraordinary challenges to the humanity in the future. Therefore, more and more cities are committed to promote, elaborate and put into action strategies to increase urban resilience and sustainability consistent with the economic costs to provide urban quality and therefore to raise quality of life standards. This interdisciplinary course focuses on urban sustainability and urban resilience. Historically the sustainability science and resilience theory have been developed separately, though occasionally the terms have been used interchangeably. In this course, we discuss whether resilience and sustainability should be combined.

This is a new 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 opportunties for students to apply their knowledge and skills to tackle challenges facing our community and contribute meaningfully to our City's future.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Health Sciences 3240B: Environmental Health Promotion

Dr. Denise Grafton

Winter 2020

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

Health Sciences 3701B: Aging Body

TBD

Winter 2020

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.

Previous projects include: Students invite community participants to in the Mobile Aging Simulation Lab they develop either on campus or in the London community.

Health Sciences 4705B: Aging and Community Health

Dr. Tara Mantler

Winter 2020

Focusing on innovative multi-sectorial collaborative models to support economical, optimal aging at home for older adults with multiple chronic diseases, the objective of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of active aging, consumer engagement in health, community capacity development, and the role of communities in promoting health.

Previous projects include: Working with Ingersoll Community Health Centre to complete projects to advance their mission and goals.

Health Sciences 4711A: Gerontology in Practice

TBD

Fall 2019

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.

Ivey Business School

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

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

Jeremy Copeland

Winter 2020

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.

Multidisciplinary

Scholar’s Electives 4400y: Scholars Electives Capstone Course

Dr. Candace Gibson, Dr. Jeff Hutter, Dr. Karen Danylchuck, Dr. Tracy Isaacs, and Dr. Joan Finegan

Fall 2019

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. Cathy Benedict

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

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. David Rodenhiser

Winter 2020

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.

Master of Public Health: Community Engaged Learning

Dr. Lloy Wylie and Dr. Ava John-Baptiste

Winter 2020

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 Economic
   •   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
 

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

Dr. Sarah McLean

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

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.

 

Faculty of Science

Biology 4410F: Restoration Ecology

Dr. Daria Koscinski

Fall 2019

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 2019 and Winter 2020

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

Dr. Laura Reid

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

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.

Environmental Sustainability 9430/9440: Interdisciplinary Research Seminar

Dr. Paul Mensink

Fall 2019

The objective of this seminar series is to initiate interdisciplinary dialog between students and faculty from the various disciplines represented in the collaborative specialization. The seminar series provides 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.

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.

Integrated Science 3002A: Science and the Community

Dr. David Brock and Dr. Robert Cockcroft

Fall 2019

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.

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

Anthropology 9201: Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology

Dr. Karen Pennesi

Fall 2019

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.

Previous projects include: Working with London Cross Cultural Learner Centre to evaluate youth programs, small groups, and match program, identify successes and challenges, and make recommendations for improvement.

DAN Management and Organizational Studies 9330: Project Management

Dr. Jason Reed

Winter 2020

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 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. 

Political Science 3201G: International Law

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Winter 2020

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.

Political Science 3210F: Canada-U.S. Relations

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Fall 2019

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 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 3317F: Interest Groups and Social Movements

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Fall 2019

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: Students explored sustainable funding sources in the London community that promote corporate responsibility and community accountability, and developed a social media plan in collaboration with the Community Mortgage Movement.    

Political Science 3365G: Advanced Topics in Global Political Economy

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Winter 2020

This course will help you critically assess the political perspectives on contemporary issues in global political economy. This course will help you explore the central debates between developed and developing countries as well as key issues, debates and topics. We will address a range of issues in global political economy including aid, trade, corporations, investment, food production and agricultural trade agreements. Drawing on this global political economy framework, this course will explore both theories and issues between developed and developing countries in the contemporary world. 

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

Psychology 3315E: Addictions: Theory and Practice

Dr. Riley Hinson

Full Year 2019-2020

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 2019-2020

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 3442F: Mind, Brain & Education

Dr. Lien Peters

Fall 2019

The course reviews data from recent cognitive neuroscience research on educationally-relevant cognitive functions, such as the development of reading and arithmetic abilities. Discussions will focus on how such studies may be useful to education and how, in turn, insights from education may inform developmental cognitive neuroscience research. Students will be able to apply that knowledge, and assist with exploring education-relevant topics or projects suggested by community partners. They can write up literature reviews, develop materials, or help set up evaluation metrics. 

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.

Psychology 3995E: Social Science in the Community (CityStudio London course)

Dr. Leora Swartzman

Full Year 2019-2020

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 City Hall (or another community partner) address its needs. Course seminars will provide students with the foundational knowledge (e.g., about community engagement, advocacy, knowledge exchange) to work effectively with city hall staff and any community partner 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 City Hall department/ or 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 City (or 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.

This is a new 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 opportunties for students to apply their knowledge and skills to tackle challenges facing our community and contribute meaningfully to our City’s future.

Psychology 3840F: Research Methods in Psychology - Surveys

Dr. Don Saklofske

Fall 2019

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 created and administered a Resident Life Survey to the residents of the County of Middlesex. Students then compiled, analyzed and presented the results of the survey using standard research methods and statistical concepts to stakeholders. Another group of students conducted one-on-one interviews with clients of Ark Aid Street Mission to understand the complexities of food security issues in London, Ontario.

Sociology 2259: Sociology of Deviance

Dr. Lauren Barr

Full Year 2019-2020

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.

Continuing Studies

PREL 6036: Media Relations

Janis Wallis

Fall 2019

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 Wallis

Winter 2020

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.

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies - Professional Development

SGPS 9105: Collaborate for Community Impact (CityStudio London)

Kelly Hollingshead

Fall 2019

The Collaborate for Community Impact course is designed to provide graduate students with the foundational knowledge to effectively collaborate with peers and community agencies to address community identified needs. Seminar topics will include foundations of community engagement, examining social inequalities and power relations, knowledge translation and mobilization, and principles of effective partnership among others. This course will also give graduate students the opportunity to experience Community Engaged Learning as a teaching pedagogy and reflect on how they can incorporate it within their professional careers. Specifically, students will be challenged to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and a community partner to complete a community-based project.

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, graduate students are able to apply their knowledge and skills within a “real world” context while contributing to the community organization.

This is a new CityStudio London courseCityStudio 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 opportunties for students to apply their knowledge and skills to tackle challenges facing our community and contribute meaningfully to our City’s future. 

International Courses

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