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Aboriginal Student Achievement Program Learning Communities

At the University of Saskatchewan, a Learning Community (LC) is a small group of students who share common interests, ideas, and/or classes. LC students gather in a weekly LC Hour, guided by two student Peer Mentors, and together explore the dynamic potential of their local and global communities.

ASAP Learning Communities bring together Aboriginal First Year students who take a common set of courses, meet weekly with upper year students called Peer Mentors and connect with Aboriginal role models.

ASAP focuses on student success by providing support in multiple areas:

TERM 1 - Course Offerings for 2014 - 2015

 

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LC-ASAP01: The Tipi Learning Community
INTS 100.3, PSY 121.3, ENG 113.3

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. The Tipi LC is well suited to students interested in studying sciences or going into a health science profession such as Nursing, Medicine, or Pharmacy. INTS 100.3, “Learning to Learn” gives a solid academic foundation for students who are adjusting to university learning or who want to give themselves extra resources to succeed in science courses. PSY 121.3 and ENG 113.3 are popular courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities that are used by many professional colleges and by all Arts and Science degree programs. The Tipi LC fits very well with the Term 2 Star Blanket LC for students interested in Nursing. This LC also fits well with the Term 2 Medicine Wheel LC.

TIPI 2014 Schedule

Registration for ASAP Term 1 for 2014-15 is now closed, the 2015-16 Registration will begin mid-May 2015

LC-ASAP02: The Eagle Feather Learning Community
INTS 100.3, ENG 113.3, PHIL 133.3

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. The Eagle Feather LC is well suited to students who are interested in studying sciences, or who are unsure of what they want to major in. INTS 100.3, “Learning to Learn” gives a solid academic foundation for students who are adjusting to university learning or who want to give themselves extra resources to succeed in science courses. ENG 113.3 and PHIL 133.3 help to develop strong writing skills and can be used to fill the Humanities or Humanities Writing requirement of virtually all Arts and Science degrees. The Eagle Feather LC pairs well with both the Term 2 Medicine Wheel LC and the Star Blanket LC.

FEATHER 2014 Schedule

Registration for ASAP Term 1 for 2014-15 is now closed, the 2015-16 Registration will begin mid-May 2015

LC-ASAP03: The Drum Learning Community
ART 141.3 & DRAM 118.3

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. The Drum LC is an excellent choice for students who are interested in the Fine Arts, including programs Music, Drama, Studio Art and Art History. If you love to create, design, study theater or perform, this is the right ASAP LC for you. The Drum LC fits well with any of the Term 2 ASAP LCs, particularly the Buffalo LC and the Hide LC.

DRUM 2014 Schedule

Registration for ASAP Term 1 for 2014-15 is now closed, the 2015-16 Registration will begin mid-May 2015

LC-ASAP04: The Turtle Learning Community
ARCH 112.3 & HIST 125.3

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. The Turtle LC offers an outstanding opportunity to study the past and how it influences the present. The combination of Archaeology and a History course focused on Indigenous-centered perspectives will teach students a broad range of skills to study human pre-history, history, and culture. This LC is a fine choice for students interested in studying the Humanities and Human culture in programs such as English, Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, Archaeology, and Anthropology. This LC would also be a good fit for students who are unsure of what they want to major in. The Turtle LC pairs especially well with the Term 2 Buffalo LC and the Hide LC.

TURTLE 2014 Schedule

Registration for ASAP Term 1 for 2014-15 is now closed, the 2015-16 Registration will begin mid-May 2015

 

TERM 2 - Course Offerings for 2014 - 2015

Registration for Term 2 - ASAP Learning Communities is still OPEN until early January 2015!

 

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LC-ASAP05: The Medicine Wheel Learning Community
BIOL 120.3, PSY 120.3 & ENG 114.3

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. The Medicine Wheel LC is a great choice for students interested in life sciences such as Biology, Biomedical Sciences such as Physiology and Pharmacology, and health professions such as Pharmacy and Medicine. The Medicine Wheel LC would also be a fine choice for students interested in Psychology, or students who are undecided and want to try a variety of courses. The Medicine Wheel LC pairs very well with both the Term 1 Eagle Feather and Tipi LC.

Medicine Wheel 2014 Schedule

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LC-ASAP06: The Star Blanket Learning Community
BIOL 120.3, NS 107.3 & WGST 112.3

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. The Star Blanket LC is designed for students interested in Nursing. It can also be a good fit for students interested in Biomedical Sciences and professional health sciences. Students interested in studying historical and present day issues for women and Aboriginal peoples may also consider this Learning Community. The Star Blanket LC pairs best with the Term 1 Tipi LC. It also fits well with the Term 1 Eagle Feather LC.

StarBlanket 2014 Schedule

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LC-ASAP07: The Buffalo Learning Community
INTS 100.3, GEOL 108.3 & POLST 112.3

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. The Buffalo LC works very well for students who are exploring their options and want to try a variety of courses. INTS 100 – “Learning to Learn” gives a solid academic foundation for students who are adjusting to university learning or who want to give themselves extra resources to succeed in the classroom. GEOL 108.3 can be used to fill part of the science requirement for any Bachelor of Arts program. POLST 112.3 can be used as a foundational course for Political Studies, International Studies, Aboriginal Public Administration and several other programs. The Buffalo LC pairs well with any of the Term 1 ASAP LCs.

Buffalo 2014 Schedule

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LC-ASAP08: The Hide Learning Community
NRTH 101.3 & SOC 112.3

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. The Hide LC offers students the opportunity to study courses that can be used as a foundation for programs in Northern Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Aboriginal Justice and Criminology, International Studies, and others. This Learning Community is an excellent choice for students who want to learn about cultures and communities, particularly in northern environments. The Hide LC pairs well with any of the Term 1 ASAP LCs.

HIDE 2014 Schedule

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ASAP Students say…

“The ASAP Learning Communities helped me feel comfortable with the University and with my fellow classmates”

“I like being in a small group with other students that are starting at the University”

“Not only do small classes allow for more comfort when participating in discussions, it allows students to build relationships with their professors”

 

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Lori Slater Pollock
Director of Arts and Science Learning Communities
Email: lori.slater@usask.ca