Student Success Centre

CEL Course Offerings: Academic year 2018-2019

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.

 

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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

Dr. Joel Faflack

Fall 2018 and/or Winter 2019

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.

Philosophy 2010F: Philosophy of Food

Dr. Benjamin Hill

Fall 2018

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

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

Coordinated by Ana Garcia Allen

Full Year 2017-2018

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

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

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.

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

Dr. Angela Borchert

Fall 2018

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

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

Faculty of Health Sciences

Health Sciences 3240B: Environmental Health Promotion

Dr. Denise Grafton

Winter 2019

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

Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic

Winter 2019

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

This is a new CEL course: Students 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 2019

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.

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 4120B: Social Media and Society

Lyndsay Foisey

Winter 2019

Social media and its associated technologies have become ubiquitous in all aspects of our lives. This course integrates an understanding of social media with research in health, medicine, and public health. The course explores social media uses in health to address methodological, conceptual, ethical and design issues pertinent to these emergent technologies.

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 4711A: Gerontology in Practice

Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic

Fall 2018

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.

Kinesiology 2298A: Introduction to Management in Kinesiology

Dr. Mac Ross

Fall 2018

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’.

Faculty of Science

Biology 4410F: Restoration Ecology

Dr. Daria Koscinski

Fall 2018

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 2018 and Winter 2019

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: Multimedia and Communications

Dr. Laura Reid

Fall 2018 and Winter 2019

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.

Integrated Science 3002A: Science and the Community

Dr. David Brock and Dr. Robert Cockcroft

Fall 2018

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.

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 Social Science

DAN Management and Organizational Studies 9330: Project Management

Dr. Johanna Weststar

Winter 2019

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.

International Relations 4702E

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Fall 2018

This is a new CEL course:  This course is the capstone seminar for students in the International Relations program. The capstone seminar in the IR Honors Specialization applies historical and political science approaches to challenges relevant to Canada and the global community today. Students initiate, direct, and produce a major group project with a public policy focus aimed at the Government of Canada and/or the global community. The purpose of the course is to integrate your studies in history and political science and to produce a final class report that contributes to public discussion and public policy. The theme of the course changes every year and is linked to current developments in world affairs. Students will be given the option to complete Community Service Learning (CSL) placement or projects that will allow these issues to the brought to life to the student, while making an important contribution to a community organization in the London area.

Political Science 3201G: International Law

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Winter 2019

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 2018

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 2018

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

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

Political Science 3365G: Political Economy

Dr. Dan Bousfield

Winter 2019

This is a new CEL course:  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. 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.

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).

Psychology 3315E: Addictions: Theory and Practice

Dr. Riley Hinson

Full Year 2018-2019

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 2018-2019

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

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

Psychology 3840F: Research Methods in Psychology - Surveys

Dr. Don Saklofske

Fall 2018

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

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

Sociology 2259: Sociology of Deviance

Dr. Lauren Barr

Full Year 2018-2019

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.

Don Wright Faculty of Music

Music 4812A/B: Music Education in Action

Dr. Cathy Benedict

Fall 2018 and Winter 2019

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.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

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

Jeremy Copeland

Winter 2019

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

Fall 2018

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

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

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Biochemistry 4455G: Translational Concepts in Cancer Biology

Dr. David Rodenhiser

Winter 2019

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

This is a new CEL course: Students 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 2019

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 2018 and Winter 2019

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.

 

Continuing Studies

PREL6036: Media Relations

Janis Wallis

Fall 2018

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 and relationship building, students will learn how to become credible sources of information and strategic advisors.

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.

International Courses

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

Partnership Requests or Questions? Contact cel@uwo.ca