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Master of Arts - Integrated Studies

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

 

Adult Education

Adult education is education for life, not just for a living; it has a “social” purpose – that of supporting participatory democracy and community development. In recent years, adult education has been used to describe all provision of education and training for adults, and the courses in this focus area will allow students to examine the breadth and depth of adult education as a field of practice.

Foundational Courses for Adult Education

  • EDST 630 Transformative Learning for Social Change
  • MAIS 642 Program Planning, Evaluation, and Instructional Methods in Adult Education
  • MAIS 644 Adult Education, Community Leadership, and the Crisis of Democracy
  • MAIS 645 Understanding Work and Learning
  • MDDE 611 Foundations of Adult Education

Recommended Courses within Adult Education

  • EDST 632 Global Education
  • INST 511 Indigenous Knowledge and Education
  • MAIS 603 Community Development
  • MAIS 650 Canadian and International Labour Education
  • MDDE 613 Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
  • MDDE 651 Special Topics: Gender Issues in Distance Education

Additional Courses within Adult Education

  • EDST 510 Training in Canada Permanently Closed
  • EDST 635 Foundations of Education in Canada
  • EDST 645 Curriculum: Provoking Inquiry
  • EDST 646 Educational Administration, Policy, Leadership and Change
  • ENVS 689 The Political Ecology of Global Environmental Change
  • GLST 611 Social Movements
  • MAIS 604 Planning and Action for Community Change
  • MAIS 618 English In Question: Critical Reflections on the Rise of a Global Language
  • MAIS 638 What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism
  • MAIS 658 Doing Disability Differently
  • MDDE 612 Experiential Learning
  • POLI 580 The Politics of Cyberspace
  • SOCI 537 Deciphering Modern Social Theory

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Community Studies

Community Studies explores issues of social justice and social change as they relate to community-based organizing, community economic development, education, and social movements. It will be of interest to students working with community groups, the non-profit sector, social enterprises, and social economy organizations; those interested in CED theory and practice for social change; and adult and distance educators interested in social transformation in both developed and developing world contexts.

Foundational Courses for Community Studies

  • MAIS 603 Community Development
  • MAIS 604 Planning and Action for Community Change

Recommended Courses within Community Studies

  • ANTH 591 Ethnobiology: Traditional Knowledge of Plants, Animals, and Land in Contemporary Global Context
  • CMNS 655 Journalism and Responsibility
  • EDST 630 Transformative Learning for Social Change
  • EDST 632 Global Education
  • EDST 645 Curriculum: Provoking Inquiry
  • GLST 611 Social Movements
  • GLST 650 Sustainable Development in an Age of Global Change (content currently available as a Reading Course)
  • What is Globalism? (content currently available as a Reading Course)
  • MAIS 610 Organizational Perspectives
  • MAIS 644 Adult Education, Community Leadership, and the Crisis of Democracy
  • MDDE 611 Foundations of Adult Education
  • MDDE 614 International Issues in Distance Education

Additional Courses within Community Studies

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Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies is the exploration of the links between the arts and other human activities in complex societies. It includes both high art and popular culture, both ancient texts and new hypertexts. Cultural Studies is interdisciplinary in its methodologies and in its goals of finding integrated and contextualized views of human cultural activities. It is centrally concerned with issues of identity and power, particularly relating to gender, ethnicity, class and other sites of contestation.

Cultural Studies courses will be of interest to all those wishing to understand the myriad ways in which cultural texts and practices construct and reproduce representations of ourselves and our societies.

Foundational Courses for Cultural Studies

  • MAIS 625 Critical Perspectives in Cultural Studies
  • MAIS 665 Cultural Studies: Reflections, Democratic Possibilities and Futures

Recommended Courses within Cultural Studies

  • ANTH 591 Ethnobiology: Traditional Knowledge of Plants, Animals, and Land in Contemporary Global Context
  • CMNS 610 A Study of Canadian Feature Film Policy - By Canadians, About Canadians, for Canadians
  • CMNS 655 Journalism and Responsibility
  • ENGL 551 Comparative Canadian Literature
  • ENGL 591 Cultural Studies Directed Studies in Literature
  • ENGL 633 Post Colonial Drama
  • ENGL 693 Directed Studies in Literature
  • GLST 611 Social Movements
  • GLST 652 Political Philosophy and Global Capitalism
  • GLST 653 Women\'s Narratives from the Circumpolar North
  • HIST 632 Gender, Race, Racism, and the History of Classical Scholarship
  • LTST 637 Black Atlantic Literature and Culture
  • MAIS 616 Writing the Self: The Experience and Potential of Writing for the Purpose of Personal Development
  • MAIS 617 Creative Non-Fiction
  • MAIS 618 English In Question: Critical Reflections on the Rise of a Global Language
  • MAIS 621 Narrative Possibilities: The Transformative Power of Writing, Story, and Poetry in Personal and Professional Development
  • MAIS 622 Advanced Feminist Theory
  • MAIS 626 Art and Crime
  • MAIS 628 Gender and Sexuality
  • MAIS 638 What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism
  • MAIS 658 Doing Disability Differently
  • MAIS 662 Mourning and Trauma – Theoretical and Historical Debates
  • MAIS 663 Critical Race Theory in Global Context
  • MAIS 664 The Canadian Context of Critical Race Theory
  • POLI 550 Women, Equity and Representation
  • PSYC 630 Talking Cures: The Evolution of Psychotherapy
  • SOCI 537 Deciphering Modern Social Theory
  • WGST 547 Rethinking Science and Technology: Gender, Theory, and Practice
  • MHST 620 Culture and Health NOTE: MHST deadlines and course registration fees apply.
  • Women and Psychology (available as a reading course)
  • History of Anthropological Theory (available as a reading course)
  • Sociology of Health & Environment (available as a reading course)

Additional Courses within Cultural Studies

  • MAIS 630 Pushing the Boundaries of Gender and Sexuality
  • MAIS 656 Datascapes: Information Aesthetics and Network Culture

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Educational Studies

The Educational Studies provides a "critical foundations approach" to understanding educational issues and practices by drawing upon a range of theories and methods from history, sociology, cultural studies, economics, political science, philosophy and psychology. This approach provides viewers with a critical, integrated understanding of the relations between instructors/teachers, students/learners, educational organization(s) and society. This focus of study will not only be of interest to teachers and other school professionals (administrators, counselors, and psychologists), but also to those who wish to develop a greater understanding of the forces that shape and influence public policy and practice.

The Educational Studies focus area is flexible and provides opportunities for students to configure clusters of courses that address individual interests. A cluster of courses with social justice themes may be created for a teacher or administrator who wants to create ways to address racial, ethnic and cultural differences. Another cluster of courses may be created for a policy analyst (administrator and adult educator) interested in understanding organizations, such as colleges and universities, as sites of leadership, change and transformation.

Foundational Courses for Educational Studies

  • EDST 635 Foundations of Education in Canada

Recommended Courses within Educational Studies

  • BEHV 655 Self-Directed Behaviour
  • EDST 630 Transformative Learning for Social Change
  • EDST 632 Global Education
  • EDST 645 Curriculum: Provoking Inquiry
  • EDST 646 Educational Administration, Policy, Leadership and Change
  • EDST 647 Critical Multicultural Education In Canada
  • ENGL 633 Post Colonial Drama
  • GOVN 500 Governance & Leadership
  • GOVN 505 Innovative Public Management
  • HIST 632 Gender, Race, Racism, and the History of Classical Scholarship
  • INST 511 Indigenous Knowledge and Education
  • MAIS 604 Planning and Action for Community Change
  • MAIS 610 Organizational Perspectives
  • MAIS 612 Gender, Leadership and Management
  • MAIS 618 English In Question: Critical Reflections on the Rise of a Global Language
  • MAIS 622 Advanced Feminist Theory
  • MAIS 628 Gender and Sexuality
  • MAIS 635 Equality in Context
  • MAIS 638 What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism
  • MAIS 642 Program Planning, Evaluation, and Instructional Methods in Adult Education
  • MAIS 644 Adult Education, Community Leadership, and the Crisis of Democracy
  • MAIS 645 Understanding Work and Learning
  • MAIS 658 Doing Disability Differently
  • MAIS 663 Critical Race Theory in Global Context
  • MAIS 664 The Canadian Context of Critical Race Theory
  • MDDE 611 Foundations of Adult Education
  • PSYC 576 Assistive Technology
  • PSYC 5/689 Learning Disabilities: Issues and Interventions
  • WGST 547 Rethinking Science and Technology: Gender, Theory, and Practice

Additional Courses within Educational Studies

  • MDDE 601 Introduction to Distance Education and Training
  • MDDE 612 Experiential Learning
  • MDDE 614 International Issues in Distance Education
  • WMST 546 Gender Culture and Technology Permanently Closed

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Equity Studies

Equity Studies is a disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multi-disciplinary approach to social justice and inequality. Ranging across the local, regional, national, and global, Equity Studies explores inequalities between and among humans that are based on socially produced categories of geography, religion, race, gender, disability, age, class, and sexuality. It also includes issues related to inter-species equality, environmental justice, and intergenerational equality. After completion of the foundations course “Equality in Context” (MAIS 635), students may focus on a specific topic including inequality linked to a group identity (for example, gender, disability or species); social movement activism; policy or practice analysis (human rights, Canadian Charter of Rights); an event (for example war, famine); environmental justice; or a specific effect of inequality (for example, homelessness, food security, poverty, joblessness).

Equity Studies will be of interest to those wishing to engage research and scholarship in the voluntary, public or private sectors; at the local, regional, or international levels; in relation to family, religion, education, politics, healthcare, social work, police work, the armed forces, government, policy development or the legal system, or other areas involving interaction with humans, other species, or the environment, including environmental, intergenerational, and inter-species justice. Students are encouraged to start with MAIS 635 Equality in Context.

Foundational Courses for Equity Studies

Recommended Courses within Equity Studies

  • EDST 630 Transformative Learning for Social Change
  • EDST 632 Global Education
  • EDST 645 Curriculum: Provoking Inquiry
  • ENVS 689 The Political Ecology of Global Environmental Change
  • GLST 611 Social Movements
  • GLST 652 Political Philosophy and Global Capitalism
  • GOVN 540 Global Governance and Law
  • HIST 620 Environmental History of North America and the Globe
  • HIST 632 Gender, Race, Racism, and the History of Classical Scholarship
  • LGST 551 Introduction to Legislative Drafting
  • MAIS 604 Planning and Action for Community Change
  • MAIS 612 Gender, Leadership, and Management
  • MAIS 618 English In Question: Critical Reflections on the Rise of a Global Language
  • MAIS 622 Advanced Feminist Theory
  • MAIS 628 Gender and Sexuality
  • MAIS 638 What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism
  • MAIS 644 Adult Education, Community Leadership, and the Crisis of Democracy
  • MAIS 650 Canadian and International Labour Education
  • MAIS 658 Doing Disability Differently
  • MAIS 663 Critical Race Theory in Global Context
  • MAIS 664 The Canadian Context of Critical Race Theory
  • MAIS 665 Cultural Studies: Reflections, Democratic Possibilities, and Futures
  • MDDE 651 Special Topics: Gender Issues in Distance Education
  • POLI 550 Women, Equity, and Representation
  • PSYC 576 Assistive Technology
  • PSYC 589 Learning Disabilities: Issues and Interventions
  • SOCI 537 Deciphering Modern Social Theory
  • WGST 522 Violence against Women - A Global Perspective
  • WGST 547 Rethinking Science and Technology: Gender, Theory, and Practice
  • Available as a Reading Course
    • Women and Psychology (Ross)
    • Theories of Subjectivity (Filax)
    • Equity and Human Rights (Joy Fraser)
    • Human Rights, the Charter, and Labour Rights (Barnetson)
    • International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization (Shrivastava)
    • Global Development Strategies (Shrivastava)
    • Africa in the World (Joe Kelly)

Additional Courses within Equity Studies

  • EDST 510 Training in Canada Permanently Closed
  • MAIS 611/613 Transformatory Organizing Permanently Closed
  • MAIS 630 Pushing the Boundaries of Gender and Sexuality
  • WMST 546 Gender, Culture, and Technology Permanently Closed

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Global Change

The Global Change stream explores claims and realities of economic and cultural globalization; the role of emerging technologies in global change; the effects of neo-liberal globalism on the nation state, local spaces, and international governance; the unequal impacts of global change on women, indigenous peoples, the developing countries, and local and global ecosystems; as well as examining resistance and accommodation to global forces.

Foundational Courses for Global Change

  • GLST 651 Critical Approaches to Global Change

Recommended Courses within Global Change

  • ANTH 591 Ethnobiology: Traditional Knowledge of Plants, Animals, and Land in Contemporary Global Context
  • CMNS 655 Journalism and Responsibility
  • EDST 632 Global Education
  • ENGL 633 Post Colonial Drama
  • ENVS 689 The Political Ecology of Global Environmental Change
  • GLST 611 Social Movements
  • GLST 650 Sustainable Development in an Age of Global Change (content currently available as a Reading Course)
  • GLST 652 Political Philosophy and Global Capitalism
  • GLST 653 Women\'s Narratives from the Circumpolar North
  • GLST 655 9/11: Excavating Ground Zero
  • GOVN 540 Global Governance and Law
  • HIST 620 Environmental History of North America and the Globe
  • MAIS 618 English In Question: Critical Reflections on the Rise of a Global Language
  • MAIS 622 Advanced Feminist Theory
  • MAIS 635 Equality in Context
  • MAIS 638 What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism
  • MAIS 650 Canadian and International Labour Education
  • MAIS 663 Critical Race Theory in Global Context
  • MAIS 664 The Canadian Context of Critical Race Theory
  • MDDE 614 International Issues in Distance Education
  • POLI 580 The Politics of Cyberspace
  • WGST 547 Rethinking Science and Technology: Gender, Theory, and Practice

Additional Courses within Global Change

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Independent Track

Students who wish to declare an Independent Track focus area must contact the MA-IS Office to obtain the permission of the Director or Associate Director.

The Independent Track is reserved for highly motivated students who have demonstrated excellence in their previous studies. Applications for permission must include: a proposed list of courses, the sequence and timeline within which the listed courses will be completed, and an explanation as to how the listed courses relate to one another and contribute to the student\'s overall learning goal(s). For further information on the Independent Track, please contact the MA-IS Office.

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Literary Studies

Literary Studies encourages students to take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the study of literature. We will read works from the English-speaking world as well as works in English translation. We will work across the Humanities and the social sciences to follow the literary interests of individual students and the research and teaching strengths of faculty.

Prospective students can contact the focus area’s stewards, Dr. Mark McCutcheon, mccutcheon@athabascau.ca or Dr. Raphael Foshay, rfoshay@athabascau.ca

NOTE: Literary Studies is not open to students admitted prior to September 1, 2011.

Foundational Courses for Literary Studies

  • LTST 605 Current Issues in Literary Studies

Recommended Courses within Literary Studies

  • ENGL 551 Comparative Canadian Literature
  • ENGL 591 Cultural Studies Directed Studies in Literature
  • ENGL 633 Post Colonial Drama
  • ENGL 693 Directed Studies in Literature
  • GLST 653 Women's Narratives from the Circumpolar North
  • LTST 605 Current Issues in Literary Studies
  • LTST 637 Black Atlantic Literature and Culture
  • MAIS 617 Creative Non-Fiction
  • MAIS 618 English In Question: Critical Reflections on the Rise of a Global Language
  • MAIS 638 What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism

Additional Courses within Literary Studies

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Work, Organization & Leadership

Work, Organization, and Leadership draws from the humanities, social sciences, labour studies, gender studies and cultural studies to examine contemporary developments in the world of work, organizations and leadership. This focus area will be of interest to administrators and workers in the public sector, non-government organizations, and the corporate world as well as those interested in processes of change in business and workplaces.

Foundational Courses for Work, Organization & Leadership

Recommended Courses within Work, Organization & Leadership

  • CMNS 655 Journalism and Responsibility
  • EDST 645 Provoking Curriculum
  • GOVN 500 Governance and Leadership
  • GOVN 505 Innovative Public Management
  • GOVN 540 Global Governance and Law
  • MAIS 610 Organizational Perspectives
  • MAIS 612 Gender, Leadership, and Management
  • MAIS 615 The Business of Emotions
  • MAIS 638 What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism
  • MAIS 644 Adult Education, Community Leadership, and the Crisis of Democracy
  • MAIS 645 Understanding Work and Learning
  • MAIS 650 Canadian and International Labour Education
  • MHST 604 Leadership Roles in Health Care NOTE: MHST deadlines and course registration fees apply.

Additional Courses within Work, Organization & Leadership

  • EDST 510 Training in Canada Permanently Closed
  • MAIS 611/613 Transformatory Organizing Permanently Closed

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Focus Areas Under Development

Canadian Studies

* Note: This area of concentration is under development and may be subject to change. Degrees will not be awarded with this specialization at this time

Canadian Studies is a multi-disciplinary stream of inquiry exploring the nature of Canada and Canadian society from a range of critical perspectives in the humanities and social sciences.

  • CMNS 610 A Study of Canadian Feature Film Policy - By Canadians, About Canadians, for Canadians
  • ENGL 551 Comparative Canadian Literature
  • GLST 653 Women\'s Narratives from the Circumpolar North
  • HIST 528 Canadian Social Policy
  • HIST 620 Environmental History of North America and the Globe
  • MAIS 638 What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism
  • MAIS 650 Canadian and International Labour Education
  • MAIS 660 Introduction to Canadian Studies
  • SOCI 537 Deciphering Modern Social Theory

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Historical Studies

* Note: This area of concentration is under development and may be subject to change. Degrees will not be awarded with this specialization at this time

  • HERM 501 Issues in Heritage Resources Management
  • HERM 512 Advanced Methods in Heritage Research
  • HIST 528 Canadian Social Policy
  • HIST 620 Environmental History of North America and the Globe
  • HIST 632 Gender, Race, Racism, and the History of Classical Scholarship

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Information Studies

* Note: This area of concentration is under development and may be subject to change. Degrees will not be awarded with this specialization at this time

  • CMNS 610 A Study of Canadian Feature Film Policy - By Canadians, about Canadians, for Canadians
  • CMNS 655 Journalism and Responsibility
  • GLST 653 Women's Narratives from the Circumpolar North
  • MAIS 606 Academic Writing for Graduate Students
  • MAIS 616 Writing the Self: The Experience and Potential of Writing for the Purpose of Personal Development
  • MAIS 617 Creative Non-Fiction
  • MAIS 618 English In Question: Critical Reflections on the Rise of a Global Language
  • MAIS 621 Narrative Possibilities: The Transformative Power of Writing, Story, and Poetry in Personal and Professional Development
  • MAIS 638 What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism
  • MAIS 656 Datascapes: Information Aesthetics and Network Culture
  • MDDE 615 Human Factors in Educational Technology
  • POLI 580 The Politics of Cyberspace
  • WMST 546 Gender, Culture, and Technology Permanently Closed
  • WGST 547 Rethinking Science and Technology: Gender, Theory, and Practice

Available as a Reading Course

  • The Sociology of Information Technology (Sosteric)
  • Information Technology and the Labour Process (Sosteric)
  • Information Technology and Gender (Advanced) (Sosteric)

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