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SOC SCI 2ELO - Introduction to Career Planning Through Experiential Learning

SOC SCI 2EL0 is a tuition-free, non-credit career planning course that is noted on the official transcript.

This 6-week, 12-hour course (2 hours per week) engages you in a hands-on exploration activities to help you understand the skills that you have gained in your academic studies, extra-curricular activities and summer jobs, and how this relates to making occupational choices and job searching, for now and in the future.

Career Planning Course Outline

Career Planning Course Outline

Did you know you can take Introduction to Career Planning Through Experiential Learning (SOC SCI 2EL0) on top of your regular courses without overloading?

See the course outline.

Introduction to Career Planning Course Evaluation

Intro to Career Planning (SOC SCI 2EL0) will be recorded on your transcript as a PASS or as a FAIL grade. To receive a PASS in the course, you must:

  • attend (in full) all six classes
  • receive a score of 23/25 on the Cover Letter Rubric
  • receive a score of 27/30 on the Resume Rubric
  • submit your completed assignments on PebblePad as a PebblePad Portfolio before 4pm on the Friday of the final week of class. Portfolios will be reviewed within three weeks after the final class.

Registration Information

  • You can view the 2017/2018 class schedule and register for SOC SCI 2EL0 on Mosaic.

For more information, view the course outline or contact Cristina Foley at cfoley@mcmaster.ca or 905-525-9140 ext. 23328.

SOC SCI 2ELO FAQ:

  1. Can I only take SOC SCI 2EL0 in Level II?
    • Students can take SOC SCI 2EL0 starting in Level II, but it can be taken in Level III or IV as well.
  1. How much “work” is there in the course?
    • SOC SCI 2EL0 is meant to be taken on top of the student’s regular course load, so the amount of “work” to be completed is not as high as you would find with a credit course. However, there are activities to be completed outside of class time and submitted in order for a student to receive a “pass” grade, such as creating or updating the student’s resume and cover letter, completing a personality assessment, and the final submission of an on-line career portfolio.
  1. How soon after completing SOC SCI 2EL0 can I start applying to internships?
    • Students who have received a “pass” grade in SOC SCI 2EL0 can normally begin to view and apply for Social Sciences internship placements.

SOC SCI 3EL3 - Leadership Through Experiential Learning

Become an active leader in your profession, your community and your world.

  • Explore and enhance your leadership capabilities.
  • Gain knowledge and develop skills in leadership for the twenty-first century.
  • Learn in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Gain community-based placement experience.

Leadership experience makes a difference

This course promotes an interactive learning environment and incorporates facilitated discussion around the various models of leadership, diversity, power, and change with ample time for reflection.

You will also have an opportunity to develop a more complex understanding of leadership, organizations and change through placements in the community which are pre-approved for the course. Placements are typicially 2-3 hours per week for 10-12 weeks.

Registration Information

For more information, contact Ruthanne Talbot at talbotr@mcmaster.ca or 905-525-9140 ext. 23382.

View Course Outline

SOC SCI 3F03 - Social Sciences In Action

This course gives you the opportunity to put classroom theory into practice within the local or wider community through completing 80-100 hours of your chosen experience.

Conducted largely through online discussions and interactions on Avenue2Learn, the course only meets twice, with two full-Saturday, in-person classes.

For students starting a new experience for the course, it is recommended that you complete the course over two terms and for students who have already begun or completed their experiences prior to the start of the course, you may request permission to complete the course in one term (Fall or Winter). The value of this course remains three units regardless of the number of semesters a student chooses to participate. 

Students complete the experiential activities/placement, readings, seminars, final paper and presentation that make up the course.

  • The course is listed on Mosaic as a multi-term course running September to April. If you wish to complete the course in just one term (Fall or Winter) you must contact the Office of Experiential Education (EE) office prior to registering to make the necessary arrangements.
  • You can use experiences from community-based/volunteer placements, work placements, research or field experiences, exchanges, student government, or other approved experiential activities, to drive an individual learning plan that you will develop with the assistance of the course instructor.  
  • You may use an experience you are currently involved with or take the opportunity to explore something new that relates to your academic interests and helps build skills that will be transferable into potential careers after graduation. All placements must be approved by the instructor.
  • If you require assistance, the Office of Experiential Education can provide support in conceptualizing what placement may be a fit for you.

Students can contact Ruthanne Talbot, Programming and Outreach Manager, in the Office of Experiential Education for any required support regarding the placement. Please contact her as soon as possible for inquiries regarding potential placements/experiences at talbotr@mcmaster.ca, 905.525.9140 x23382.

Registration Information

For more information, contact Ruthanne Talbot at talbotr@mcmaster.ca or 905-525-9140 ext. 23382.

View Course Outline