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CEL Course Offerings: Academic year 2015-2016

Fall 2015

Kinesiology: Introduction to Management in Kinesiology

Dr. Kyle Paradis

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

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

Biology: Restoration Ecology

Dr. Daria Koscinski

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.

Modern Languages and Literature: Second Language Acquisition

Dr. Joyce Bruhn de Garavito

This course provides an overview of research on naturalistic and instructed second language acquisition (SLA). We begin with a short introduction to first language acquisition to show in what way SLA is similar or different. You will learn about different theories regarding acquisition, about the role of individual differences and about the main characteristics of learner language. You will be able to connect this body of knowledge to your own learning and to the situation of your Community Engaged Learning partner.

Previous projects include: partners in this course help each other improve their speaking and listening conversational skills, both for English-learning and Spanish-learning partners.

Health Studies: Gerontology in Practice

Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic

Groups of Health Sciences students 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, provide community partners with additional options to improve the lives of the elderly in our community. This course is a “high touch” engagement in which community partners will be asked to participate in a number of sessions inside the classroom.

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 Assessing falls rates in within the VON’s SMART program.

English: Canadian Literature, Creativity and the Local

Dr. Manina Jones

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

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

Political Science: Interest Groups and Social Movements

Dr. Dan Bousfield

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

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

Modern Languages: Bridging Campus Community: Languages and Cultures in Action

Dr. Angela Borchert / Dr. Victoria Wolff

This new course aims to develop intercultural competence by examining individual experiences of learning and maintaining language and cultural heritage in our community of London, Ontario. London has a varied history and is made up of individuals from different linguistic, cultural, religious, social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. In this sense, we seek to understand how people from different cultures, and who speak different languages, act, communicate, and perceive their surrounding community, how their perceptions, in turn, shape the development of community.

This is a new course for this academic year. Students will be 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. The plan is to engage students 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 initiativess.

Music: Music Education in Action (1)

Dr. Ruth Wright / Dr. Robert Wood

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

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

Film studies: Service Learning

Dr. Christine Neguz

Students will experience the art of narrative and filmmaking through engaging with a local non-profit organization in the creation of a film that will be of benefit to the organization.

Previous projects include: videos prepared for Hope’s Garden, Muslim Resource Centre, Regional HIV/Aids Connection, CONNECT for Mental Health and VibraFusion Lab

This is a new course for this semester. Students will help non-profit organizations plan, create, promote and apply surveys, and collect, analyze and report on the data for a specific purpose within the organization.

Psychology: Mind, Brain and Education

Rick Ezekiel

An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between neuroscience and cognition, and education. Topics will include research methods in neuroscience, cognition and education; cognitive architecture; executive control; memory; language; literacy; numeracy; and intelligence. Neuroscience will be related to the etiology of exceptionalities and disorders. Implications for assessment, instruction, prevention, and early intervention will be considered.

This is a new course this term. Doctoral students will be work in pairs partnering with local schools or community organizations that provide an education-based program to complete a project defined by the community partner that helps advance the mission of their organization.

Scholar’s Electives

Dr. Angie Mandich and Dr. Joan Finnegan

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: This is a new course. Students will use their research skills to review literature and identify evidence-based practices to inform their understanding of the issues presented. Together, with their group and the organization, students can draw on their interdisciplinary knowledge to generate new and innovative solutions.

Winter 2016

Philosophy: Philosophy of Food

Dr. Benjamin Hill and Dr. Henrik Lagerlund

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

Political Science: International Law

Dr. Dan Bousfield

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

Music: Music Education in Action (2)

Dr. Ruth Wright / Dr. Robert Wood

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

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

MOS and Science: Project Management (Master’s Level)

Dr. Johanna Weststar

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.

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

Biology: Seminar in Biology

Dr. Graeme Taylor

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. Knowledge through educating others on various topics of biology through community partnerships.  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

Previous Projects Include: Information pamphlets for Thames Regional Ecological Association about rain barrels and compost bins and how to use them effectively; Package and catalogue 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

Health Studies: Health Communication

Dr. Lori Donelle, Dr. Candace Gibson, Dr. Dan Lizotte

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

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

Statistical Sciences: Survey Sampling

Dr. David Bellhouse

Public organizations and initiatives are increasingly relying on surveys to tell a story or to communicate outcomes of a particular phenomenon or intervention. These surveys come in the form of political opinion polls, market surveys, government surveys or surveys carried out for social science or health research.  Quite often surveys inform courses of action, funding decisions, or the effectiveness of certain programs or policies. This course provides students with the necessary background to become familiar with the survey process from the design to the methodology to the final data analysis, while providing community partner organizations with dedicated Statistics and Actuarial Science students to provide their expertise for their survey needs.

This course is incorporating CEL for the first time. Examples of project options include: Assessing public opinion on a topic of interest to the organization; Conducting a neighbourhood survey on a particular issue; Looking at existing surveys and doing a detailed analysis on design and methodology

Full Year

Modern Languages and Literature: Intermediate and Advanced Spanish

Coordinated by Ana Garcia Allen

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-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


Psychology: Psychology of Addictions

Dr. Riley Hinson

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

Sociology: Sociology of Deviance

Dr. Lauren Barr

What does it mean to be a member of a group, to be excluded? What are the forces at play in determining who is considered to be deviant and who is considered to be normal and why? This course will examine the various sociological theories and debates regarding conformity and deviation, as well as certain key contemporary issues.  

Individuals are characterized as normal or deviant on the basis of many attributes.  For the purposes of this course class, age, race, gender, and physical and mental “ability” will serve as themes around which to examine various aspects of deviance.

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

Political Science: International Conflict Management

Dr. Nigmendra Narain

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

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

Communicative Sciences and Disorders: Audiology: Aural Rehabilitation

Dr. Mary Beth Jennings


Aural (Re)Habilitation: Theory to Practice, is a second (final) year course in the Master of Clinical Science Audiology Program in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The focus of this course is on the theory, practice, and issues related to the provision of Aural (Re)Habilitation (AR) services to deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing individuals of all ages. The role of the audiologist in the provision of these services, and in partnership with other professions, and consumer-based organizations are explored. AR is procedures and processes designed to support persons with hearing loss and those that communicate with them to optimize communication and prevent negative impacts on well-being and functioning on all aspects of life. Topic areas include AR program development and assessment, communication strategies, impact of the environment on communication, legislation related to accessibility, barrier free and universal design, and assistive technologies.

Previous projects include: students working with people with hearing issues in non-profit organizations to conduct workplace assessments, conducting accessibility assessments, and conducting information sessions regarding hearing loss, facilitating communication, using assistive listening devices and hearing aid troubleshooting.


Music: Community Through Coral Arts

Dr. Jennifer Moir

This is a new course this year. Students will partner with SONG, Sounds of the Next Generation, the El Sistema program based in Coburg, On and Port Hope, On. Students will participate in a revised production of R. Murray Schafer’s music drama The Spirit Garden. Students will engage in course work that will immerse students in Schafer’s compositional techniques, methodology and music in this unique opportunity to work with one of the world’s most prominent environmental musicians.

International Courses

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