Undergraduate Classes – INCC

Interdisciplinary courses provide students with the opportunity to learn and integrate principles, methods, and skills that cross or transcend disciplinary boundaries. They provide students with the opportunity to explore beyond the concentration on one or two academic disciplines that is typical for students in Arts and Science.

INCC 201.3 – Dynamics of Community Involvement

Do you want to make real and lasting change in your community? Have you ever wanted to get involved but didn’t know how? This course explores how individuals experience and work to effect change within local and global communities, and it gives you an opportunity to get involved—for credit! Our particular focus is on Saskatoon’s inner city and its most pressing concerns, which include poverty, health, homelessness, racism, historical legacies such as the residential school system, and the impact of these legacies on crime, gang involvement, and addiction. We also focus on the rich history, culture and traditions of this place and its people, most specifically Aboriginal peoples, but settlers and newcomers as well. Our study is not limited to Saskatchewan, however; we place local issues and activities in the context of national and international concerns: globalization, climate change, the world-wide AIDS epidemic, and more. As an interdisciplinary course, INCC 201.3 employs the insights and methodologies of multiple fields of study, including sociology, international studies, women’s and gender studies, psychology, literature, urban planning, and education, just to name a few! The instructor will even consider your major and specific academic interests when choosing select course readings.

As a community service-learning (CSL) course, INCC 201.3 takes place not only in the classroom, but in the community. For two hours a week, you will take part in active, community-based learning at a local organization such as the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre, or Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon. In the classroom (2 hours per week), you will discuss these experiences in relation to selected readings and relevant concepts. You will also participate in Alternative Reading Week, an intensive, week-long service-learning experience in the community, which takes place during and around the February break. In lieu of a final exam, your major assignment will be to work in collaboration with a community partner (there are a variety to choose from) on a project that addresses community-identified needs.

This course is open to students from various colleges and areas of study and you can register through PAWS.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the course instructor, Manuela Valle-Castro, at manola.valle@gmail.com

INTS 380.3 Internship in Librarianship and Information Studies

The internship in librarianship and information studies introduces undergraduates to professional librarianship, with an emphasis on an academic library setting. The work experience focuses on central elements of librarianship in the University Library and is balanced with study of the roles of libraries in current information and academic environments.

Interns participate in seminar discussions as well as appropriate, meaningful work in order to advance projects in the University Library while earning course credit. The course consists of a seminar on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:20 am (which will include guest lecturers and student presentations) and approximately 70 hours of site work in the University Library. Both components are supervised by librarians from the University Library. Assignments may include reflection papers, an e-portfolio, a site work close-out report, and a term paper or project. There is no final examination.

Please apply as early as possible but no later than December 1 to allow work placements to be arranged.

Students must obtain permission from the instructor in order to register. Please submit a completed application form to candice.dahl@usask.ca.