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New In-Course Experience Fund for Social Sciences instructors

Social Sciences instructors, chairs and directors can now apply for financial support to help build experiential activities into their courses, departments and programs.

Jun 02, 2021


The Faculty of Social Sciences’ new In-Course Experience Fund supports instructors in building Experiential Education (EE) activities into their courses and can also support chairs/directors in building EE into their departments/programs. Beginning Spring 2021, instructors can typically apply for up to $1000 per semester of funding, with the possibility of greater amounts on a case-by-case basis.

Funds are intended to impact undergraduate Social Sciences students by enhancing experiential learning, work-integrated learning, community-engaged learning, hands-on learning, career development, or related experience.

Ideas for in-course activities may include:

  • a virtual immersive or interactive experience;
  • a virtual workshop/conference/symposium/talk;
  • an honorarium for a virtual guest speaker/trainer;
  • a virtual tour;
  • other similar experiential ideas.

Examples of funded projects in the 2020/2021 academic year include:

  • Attendance for a large, Level II Anthropology course to attend a virtual museum visit in Vancouver;
  • Supplies for and mailing to students in an Indigenous Studies experiential course;
  • Co-planned guest speaker for Political Science and Labour Studies students.

Full details of the In-Course Experience Fund can be found at https://socialsciences.mcmaster.ca/staff-faculty-resources/teaching/in-course-experience-fund.