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SOC SCI 1T03: Life, the University and a Bit of Everything

SOC SCI 1T03 is the Faculty's new first year foundations course.  This course is intended to introduce incoming students to a range of ideas and subjects in the various departments and programs in the Faculty of Social Sciences, while developing the key academic and life skills they will need to succeed in university. 


Students in SOC SCI 1T03 are asked to review one hour of online content per week, and to attend one two-hour tutorial per week where they engage in discussion, active learning, and experiential education activities.

Some of the key skills that students are expected to practice in the course include: time management; financial literacy; writing and grammar; identifying support resources on campus; peer editing; library searching; stress management; group work problem-solving; and a number of other core academic and life skills.

How to Register

You can view the 2015/2016 class schedule and register for SOC SCI 1T03 on Mosaic.  For more information, contact Prof. Mark Busser at .

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

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

This 6 week, 12 hour course (2 hours per/week) will engage you in a variety of hands-on exploration activities to provide you with a strong foundation for your career and future planning. You will better understand the skills that you have acquired in your academic studies, extra-curricular activities and summer jobs, and how this relates to making occupational choices and job searching. You will be introduced to tools, methods and resources that will facilitate your decision making now and in the future.

Career Planning Course Outline

Career Planning Course Outline

Did you know that 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.

How to Register:

You can view the 2016/2017 class schedule and register for SOC SCI 2EL0 on Mosaic.
For more information, view the course outline or contact Cristina Foley at or 905-525-9140 ext. 23328.

SOC SCI 3EL3 - Leadership Through Experiential Learning

The intent of this course is to explore and enhance your leadership capabilities in an interdisciplinary model.  You will gain knowledge and develop skills in leadership for the twenty-first century, so that you can go on to be active leader in your profession, community and your world. 

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 the operation of leadership, organizations and change through placements in the community.

Please view the course outline for more detailed information about the 2015/2016 offering of the course.

How to Register:

You can register for SOC SCI 3EL3 on Mosaic.
Course dates and times can be found on the McMaster Course Timetable at:
For more information, contact Ruthanne Talbot at or 905-525-9140 ext. 23382.

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SOC SCI 3F03 - Social Sciences In Action

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

This course is largely conducted through online discussions and interactions on Avenue2Learn with two, full-Saturday, in-person classes. Each student chooses the number of semesters in which they participate in this course: one semester (for those students who have already begun or completed their experiences prior to the start of the course, for example)or two semesters (a standard academic year). The value of this course remains three units regardless of the number of semesters a student chooses to participate. 

During your desired time-frame, you will complete the experiential activities, 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 Experiential Education 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 are to contact Ruthanne Talbot, Programming and Outreach Manager, in the Office of Experiential Education for support regarding the placement. Please contact her as soon as possible for inquiries regarding potential placements/experiences at, 905.525.9140 x23382, or in KTH 102.

Please view the course outline for more detailed information about the 2016/2017 offering of the course. 

How to Register

You can register for SOC SCI 3F03 on Mosaic.

Course dates and times can be found on the McMaster Course Timetable at:

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or IV of any Social Sciences program.

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