Welcome to the FASS/EX Catelogue. We hope to connect you to a rich collection of experiential learning opportunities that are available to you as a BA student.  We are focused on EL that is woven within established courses and learning opportunities.  Please explore our catalogue to see what EL is a fit for you. To learn more about the timing of these courses please consult the Academic Timetable.

Field Courses

Advanced Seminar in Baroque Culture: (HIST 4162/THEA 4735/MUSC 4360)

In June each year, this six credit hour summer course offered by Dalhousie's Fountain School of Performing Arts and the University of King's College gives students in Theatre, History, Music and other related disciplines a firsthand view of the splendour of European Baroque civilization. The class is taught in the beautiful town of Český Krumlov, located in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage site: a town largely intact from the seventeenth century. The State Castle of Český Krumlov houses one of only two surviving fully functional Baroque theatres in the world.  It also owns a substantial collection of historical costumes. Taught on site at the State Castle, the class involves a combination of historical and cultural research in one or more of the following fields: seventeenth- and eighteenth-century theatre and opera; historical costume; the court life of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe; and the history of Central Europe with its Italian and French influences. Familiarity with foreign languages is not required. Excursions to Prague and local sites of interest will be arranged.

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Cuban Culture and Society (INTD 3310.06)

Offered every April, the Cuba Intensive Program consists of lectures in Halifax and then two weeks in Cuba (last full week of April until the end of the first week in May) with the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) at the University of Havana.

In Cuba, students learn about Cuban culture and society by attending daily lectures (translated into English) and visiting sites in and around Havana. Students will be required to keep a daily journal, complete all required readings, and prepare a research paper on an approved topic related to the Cuban development model. This class is open to all students in their second year of study or above.

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Early Modern Art, Literature and Politics in Florence, Italy (EMSP 2510)

Taught entirely on site in Florence, Italy, this month-long, full-credit (6 credit hours) course provides a unique opportunity for students to consider the art, literature, philosophy, and politics of Early Modern Italy (1280-1580) through daily visits to the city’s churches, palaces, and museums. Students will gain a profound knowledge of the civic, ecclesiastical, and domestic spheres of Renaissance life through an interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary objects, spaces, and texts. Readings include Dante’s Vita Nuova, Boccaccio’s Decameron, and Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy.

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Memory, Politics, Place: Berlin's 20th Century (CTMP 3610.06/GERM 3610.06)

Under the auspices of the Contemporary Studies program, this one-month, 6-credit residency course will take place in Berlin, Germany. Entitled “Memory, Politics, Place: Berlin’s Twentieth Century,” it offers students a chance to intensively engage with the dynamics of memory, remembrance and commemoration in the specific context of the catastrophes of Germany’s twentieth century (Nazism, the Holocaust, the Cold War). Readings will include literature, writings focusing on the Berlin of the pre- and post-World War II period, studies in cultural memory and place, and critical theory involving themes such as nostalgia, historical erasure, and national identity.

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Community Service Learning - Placements

Community Service Learning (CSL) integrates meaningful community service with classroom instruction and critical reflection to enrich the learning experience and strengthen communities.

Spanish in the Community: Experiential Learning (SPAN 3920.03)

Put simply, experiential education is “learning by doing”. It brings together formal instruction with practical experience through ongoing critical reflection. SPAN 3920 was created to complement current offerings with a course that grants academic credit for significant student volunteer work or internship, involving the extensive use of Spanish. This course is designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of Spanish the opportunity to gain useful experience by working in a variety of locations where they can employ that knowledge in a practical societal setting. Students are required to volunteer/intern for a minimum of 60 hours over the term, or approximately 4-5 hours per week, in addition to attending scheduled meetings with the instructor.

Practicum in Public Policy: NGOs and Government Services (POLI 4390 / GWST 4390)

This course is designed to provide students who have fourth-year standing in Political Science the opportunity to gain practical experience by working at a government or non-government, research, or advocacy organization that is instrumental in shaping public policy or advancing human rights. The practicum is an opportunity for students to learn about the services, projects, and campaigns undertaken by specific organizations; to apply and share the knowledge that they have gained from their academic studies in political theory, public policy, international relations, and/or human rights advocacy; and to become familiar with the day-to-day challenges of employment in government and non-government organizations and public services.

Experiential Learning Canada (INTD 3107)

The Canadian component of experiential learning combines classroom learning with volunteer work experience in a community organization in Halifax or other parts of Canada. You are required to volunteer for a minimum of 60 hours (cumulative) between September and April. This works out to approximately 2.5 hours a week. The volunteer hours are a requisite for the course. Students are not graded on their experience, per se. Rather, they are graded on fostering the connection between academic literature and critical reflection of their own personal experiences.  In addition to this work, you are required to attend occasional class meetings, cover assigned readings and complete three academic assignments (a mid-term report, a reflective paper, and an academic paper). The Canadian component of experiential learning focuses on the themes of community development, public engagement, and the place of volunteerism in society.

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Experiences of International Development: Volunteerism and Global Citizenship (INTD 3109)

The experiential learning abroad course is open to International Development Studies students who wish to obtain academic credit for an overseas placement, volunteer experience or internship. Students who have already secured a place in an overseas experiential learning program can register for this half credit. Special permission to register for this course is required and an application for this course must be completed prior to registration. Students are required to complete course readings and to write several reports reflecting on the relevant literature and the practical work experience. One half credit is completed over the course of a full academic year.

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Community Service Learning - Projects

Community Research Workshop (SOSA 3300)

This course offers students the chance to engage in real, applied research under the close supervision of the instructor. It brings community groups, members, or agencies with an identifiable research request into the classroom so that students can collectively address some clearly defined research need. Tasks assigned for credit might include: delineating a researchable problem, selecting an appropriate methodology, designing research instruments (for example, interview or observation guide or surveys), conducting research, drawing conclusions, and presenting research findings. Students might work in teams on different aspects of the research. The course will close with a presentation of research findings back to the community partner.


Theatre, Music and Cinema & Media Studies Apprenticeships (Short and Long) (THEA 4101, THEA 4102, MUSC 4190, 4192, 4193, FILM 4101, FILM 4102)

Students gain practical, workplace experience with an organization appropriate to their course of study. The Short Apprenticeship will represent approximately 50 – 60 hours of work on an approved project with a sponsoring organization.


Diplomacy and Negotiation (POLI 3581)

This course looks at the way states decide which diplomatic strategies to pursue, and why these succeed or fail. Among the themes considered are the evolution of diplomacy as an international institution, national power and bargaining leverage, and the effects of domestic politics, psychology, and culture on international negotiation. Specific historical cases which may be reviewed in any given year include: the Peloponnesian War, the Munich Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the negotiation of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, and the Kyoto Protocol. Students participate in a negotiation-simulation exercise and write a paper on a particular historical case.

Model UN (POLI 3532)

The primary goal of this course is to help students understand the operation of the UN system through preparation for Model UN meetings. The course is designed for students who are participating in Model UN meetings and aims to help students prepare effectively for those meetings. Through their preparatory research for the meetings, students will learn the politics of UN voting practices of various countries and the relationships between domestic politics, international politics and UN voting records. This course will also enable students to understand the internal dynamics of the UN General Assembly and committee systems, how UN meetings operate, and the professional skills involved in drafting and negotiating the text of resolutions. The course will also provide students with the opportunity to learn about the political issues that influence the positions at the UN of various countries (assigned by the Model UN Assembly to individual students), and about committee issues under debate at the UN (assigned by the Model UN Assembly to individual students).

Creative Performances and Productions - Music

Produce, manage, curate or participate in a dramatic, artistic, dance or musical performance or exhibit for an audience (virtual, live).1

CRWR 4000: Creative Writing – Poetry

Students will meet in group session during the fall term to workshop their material that will lead to the production of a full manuscript of poetry. In the winter term students will meet on an individual basis with the professor to discuss and facilitate the completion of this project.

CRWR 4001: Creative Writing – Fiction

Students will meet in group session to workshop their material that will lead to the production of a full manuscript of fiction (short stories or novel).

Creative performances and Productions - Music

The Bachelor of Music programs (Performance, Composition, Musicology and General) offer a rich collection of experiential learning opportunities for their students. Learn more about performance opportunities and participation in ensembles.

Creative performances and Productions - Theatre

The Theatre programs (Acting, Costume Studies, Stage Design & Technical Theatre and Theatre Studies) offer a range of courses that provide their students with an opportunity to work on at least one stage production:

  • THEA 1051 / 1052: Introduction to Theatre Organization and Stagecraft
  • THEA 1450: Introduction to Costume Studies
  • THEA 2070: Performance Technology
  • THEA 2451: Costume in Performance 1
  • THEA 2710: Stage Design 1
  • THEA 3070: Performance Technology II
  • THEA 3451: Costume in Performance II
  • THEA 4070: Performance Technology 3
  • THEA 4450: Costume Technology
  • THEA 4800: Acting IV
  • THEA 4840: Advanced Performance Techniques