This capstone seminar will centre on a specific theme or hot topic, to be examined from various disciplinary and methodological perspectives in the Arts and Humanities in which students have been trained in the Program. Building on students' local and regional community involvement to this point in the Program, the Seminar may involve travel to a national or international site for the purpose of undertaking intensive fieldwork. The seminar topic will be led by a Visiting Scholar invited to participate in the Program, with the contribution of one or more Research Fellows. Course curriculum will be determined by the Visiting Scholar and/or Research Fellows in dialogue with students, who will be asked to engage with the seminar’s themes in terms of their individual research interests developed throughout the Program. Among a variety of assignments, then, students will be asked to design and execute a major Independent Research Project whose applied study will reflect the results of their national or international fieldwork. Prerequisites: AH 2210E and AH 2220E 3 hours/week, 1.0 course
The capstone experience for all Year Four students in the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities is the Integrated Seminar. For 2016/17 we’re thrilled to announce that Paul Kennedy, host of CBC’s Ideas, is our Visiting Research Fellow. The theme of this year’s course is “Ideas about the Humanities: Encounters with Paul Kennedy and Friends.” Throughout the Fall (2016) and Winter (2017) terms Paul will host a series of master classes on a variety of hot topics, in dialogue with a range of extraordinary guests, including Sally Armstrong, Joe MacInnis, Richard Susskind, Michael Stadtländer, David Bentley, Kathrine Switzer, Zita Cobb, and Payam Akhavan. The first part of each week’s class will be open to all SASAH and Western students, faculty, alumni, as well as the general public, followed by a closed session exclusively for Year Four SASAH students.
Come join us for what promises to be an unforgettable discussion about the legacy and importance of the humanities in Canadian culture and history, facilitated by one of Canada’s premier media presences.
These courses will capitalize upon the various applied skills acquired in the Program in order to launch students on their future academic or career trajectories. Each course will thus focus exclusively on some practical element of the professional development of critical and research skills with an eye to preparing students in any number of fields from postgraduate study to jobs in the private and public sectors. Typically students will take up internships in any number of settings or in organizations with which the School collaborates: research team; print or digital editing and publishing; public or human relations; cultural event organization; curatorial, museum, or gallery planning; film or video production, etc. 6 hours/week, 0.5 course