Courses you should take

This post was written by current students, Amanda Lin and Carolyn Lee-Jones

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CMHR 405– Organizational Behaviour (In class, 7 week intensive)

This course does not have very much to do with Disability Studies, so it was a bit of a stretch for me to do well in it. It was composed of a midterm, an essay, a group assignment, and a final exam. There was a lot of textbook reading as two chapters were completed in a week, during the intensive version. You really rely a lot on the textbook for this course as there were not a lot of slides and it was mainly a lecture to listen to rather than take too many notes. This course is very much about the application of the textbook material. And the final assignment is a group project that takes quite a bit of time. If you read the material well and pay attention in class for how to apply the knowledge it can be a great course.

CINT 908 –  Homelessness in Canadian Society (In class, Fall 2014)

This course is eye opening and was an amazing experience to be a part of. There were 3 personal journal reflections, one annotated bibliography and a 40% final essay in this course. But on the upside, no notes needed to be taken, the class was more about listening and taking in the experiences of the guest speakers. Every class was engaging and full of discussion. There is even a class where you go on a street walk with a guest speaker to learn about the neighborhood and how it is part of homelessness in Canadian society. I highly suggest this class to others and hope it is as great experience as it was for me.

CINP 901 Developing Effective Non Profit Organization

Since many DST students work in the non profit sector in various capacities this is a great course to fulfil the E requirement. This elective gives a solid background on how non profits actually operate and the issues that organizations often face. It covers things like organizational structure, governance, recruiting, and sustaining non profit organizations. Essentially this course explains what goes on behind the scenes and provided me with a better understanding of my role as front line staff within the greater organizational structure. Evaluation consists of 2 large assignments (25% each), an exam and participation based on a variety of interactive activities and course material primarily uses case studies to make the topics as realistic as possible. Overall a great and manageable ‘E’ course elective.

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