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“This course shaped my leadership philosophy - inclusive, empowering, ethical, purposeful and process-oriented, to create positive relationships.”

Sep 10, 2017

Social Sciences students can explore and apply theories of leadership through community placements in SOCSCI 3EL3: Leadership through Experiential Learning. Now in its seventh year, the course allows students to develop a real world understanding of concepts discussed in class, including power, privilege, institutional and organization change, collaboration, decision-making and managing conflict.

Zishan Mohiuddin volunteered at Welcome Inn Community Centre's food bank during last year's course and says, “This course shaped my leadership philosophy - inclusive, empowering, ethical, purposeful and process-oriented, to create positive relationships.”

This year, students will work with diverse individuals across the community through placements related to youth, newcomers, access to food, poverty alleviation, and more. After successfully completing of the course students will:

  • Have a more critical understanding of various forms of leadership
  • Understand how power-relations and institutions can limit and provide opportunities for social change
  • Have considered various strategies for achieving change in the community and workplace
  • Have completed 24 hours in a community-based volunteer opportunity

“Students appreciate the opportunity to gain experience in a placement-based setting which they can add to their resumes. However, the biggest win is when they reflect on the learning gained through what they did - why it was important and what they can do with what they've learned," says Ruthanne Talbot, Programming and Outreach Manager in the Office of Experiential Education (EE).

SOCSCI 3EL3 has only a few remaining seats and is open to all Level III and IV Social Sciences students. Many placements take place after 3 p.m. various days of the week, as many placements are with youth in some capacity. Students can view the course outline for more information.

Register on MOSAIC and contact Ruthanne Talbot at talbotr@mcmaster.ca with any questions.

Did You Know? SOCSCI 3EL3 counts towards an optional Minor in Community Engagement.