How do I register in the Community Engagement Option?
Register for these Laurier courses on Loris under the Subject tab 'Community Engagement Option'.
What are the required courses?
See the description of course requirements here.
What are the qualifying requirements for enrolment?
Prerequisites: Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 Arts registration status, OR permission of Geography and Environmental Studies. If you need permission, please contact the CE Option Coordinator: Prof. Bob Sharpe firstname.lastname@example.org
When are the classes held?
For those of you taking all three courses, we've constructed them to be sequential: first CMEG300, then CMEG301, and finally CMEG305. Since CMEG300 and CMEG301 are both scheduled for the Fall term, we're running CMEG300 from September 5 up to October 6, just before the Reading Week, and CMEG301 will begin October 16, after Fall Reading Week, and conclude at the end of term. Sequencing CMEG300 and CMEG301 means that each course will run at double speed -- like an Intersession or Summer Session course might -- for half the term. Each course is also making use of BOTH times allotted for these courses: Monday evenings, 7-10 pm, and Friday mornings, 9 to noon. Those of you registered in both CMEG300 and CMEG301 will have no time conflicts.
Where are classes held?
All three courses are offered off-campus at various locations throughout downtown Kitchener. After you have registered you will be provided with the details of our initial meeting location.
What are the expectations surrounding the community placement? Do I get to choose my placement?
Both CMEG301 and CMEG305 involve placements which offer wonderful opportunities for each person to gain hands-on experience in one of Canada's most inspiring non-profit, community-based centres. A community animator at The Working Centre will help facilitate your placements. Heather Montgomery will work closely with us to ensure that your learning is engaged and valuable to you and The Working Centre. Before the courses begin, Heather will arrange the placement, with your participation. We'll strive to accommodate each person's schedule, and interests, in setting up the placements. What you need to do is prepare for the full-on experience that will come from this placement, and be open to some flexibility.
What you need to recognize now is that CMEG301 will not just entail class meetings twice a week. Between those Tuesday and Friday classes, every week each of you will engage in two hours of volunteer learning/work in one of The Working Centre community projects.
CMEG305 is scheduled to meet Friday mornings in the Winter term. It is a full-credit course (taught in one term, so think of it as two courses) that also includes a placement. And it is part of this Community Engagement Option that conceptualizes learning as far more than what happens in a regular classroom. As a result, students will have the opportunity to engage in a placement for six hours per week (x 12 weeks = 72 hours) and will meet Friday mornings as a class in downtown Kitchener (locations will vary) during which the placement's experiential learning will be processed.