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Reading Courses

Reading Courses are restricted to Program students who have successfully completed at least 15 credits of coursework (including MAIS 601 and MAIS 602) and demonstrated their ability to be self-directed learners. A Study Plan may include up to 2 reading courses, but arrangements must be made well in advance because such courses are not always available.

Reading courses are of two types: Foundational and Advanced.

Foundational Reading Courses, such as MAIS 750 & MAIS 751, assist learners unfamiliar with an area of study to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the concepts, key thinkers, modes of inquiry, and body of knowledge in that area. Typically the instructor, in consultation with the learner, will prescribe the parameters of the study, as well as the readings and assessment process.

Advanced Reading Courses, such as MAIS 760, are intended for students familiar with an area of study but who wish to explore a specific topic, issue, or question in greater depth. Typically the learner, in consultation with the instructor, will negotiate the parameters of the study, the prescribed readings, and the assessment process.

Other than a brief Course Guide that explains how to develop the required Learning Contract, there are no course materials for reading courses. Prescribed readings, assignments, and the assessment model are subject to negotiation between instructor and student. Acquiring the prescribed readings (either through purchase or loan) is the sole responsibility of the student. Copies of prescribed readings may be available from the AU Library or requested from other libraries through inter-library loan

The supervision and research interests of MAIS Faculty are listed on the MAIS Faculty Page. Should you require further assistance to find a supervisor, please contact the MAIS Office.

Note that establishing the availability and willingness of an instructor to supervise a reading course is the sole responsibility of the student, as is the submission of the required Learning Contract.

Updated February 08 2021 by Student & Academic Services

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