The Community Engagement Option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students must complete three core courses (CMEG300, CMEG301, CMEG305), and a further 2.0 credits from a list of specific electives.
To obtain the Community Engagement Option designation on their transcripts, students must have a minimum GPA of 7.00 in designated courses, computed on all credits claimed for the option.
The required core courses of the Option (CMEG300, CMEG301, CMEG305) are distinctive because:
CMEG300: Introduction to Community Engagement 0.5 credit
This foundational course for the Community Engagement Option introduces the key concepts of social inclusion, local democracy, distributive economics, and community development. It investigates distinct features of community development in Canada and explores the method of linking experience with critical analysis, ethical reflection and purposeful action. A major part of the course will be an intensive on-the-ground set of learning experiences that take place in Kitchener a week before regular classes begin for the Fall term. More...
CMEG301: Social Inclusion, Local Democracy and Community Enterprise 0.5 credit
This core course in the Community Engagement Option studies the processes of understanding and addressing structural barriers that affect individuals at the community level, and explores the collaborative infrastructures and concepts of fair distribution of resources and knowledge within the frameworks of social inclusion, local democracy and community enterprise. Relevant themes, concepts, and models of local democracy, community development, distributive economics and inclusion are investigated through readings, lectures, assignments, and engaged learning experiences at The Working Centre in downtown Kitchener. More...
CMEG305: Semester in Community Engagement 1.0 credit
This capstone course in the Community Engagement Option provides the opportunity to demonstrate and deepen the understanding of themes, models, and concepts in community engagement that have been developed in CMEG300 and CMEG301. Knowledge and skills will be refined, applied and assessed through directed studies, reflection seminars, and in-depth participation in a capstone project at The Working Centre in downtown Kitchener. More...
Students must complete a further 2.0 credits from a list of specific electives. View the list of approved electives in the current version of Laurier's Undergraduate Calendar.