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Practicum Placements (POLI/GWST 4390)


NGOs, Government & Community and Services

Beginning in 2016-17 academic year, the Department of Political Science and the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies at Dalhousie University will be offering a practicum placement course, which will be available for credit to 4th year undergraduate students. This course is designed to grant students the opportunity to gain practical experience by working for 7 hours per week at a government or non-government organization or service that is instrumental in shaping public policy, advancing human rights, pursuing educational and social justice initiatives, or providing support services to members of the community. Through a dedicated volunteer placement, it will enable students to learn about the services, projects, and campaigns undertaken by a specific government office or non-government organization in the community; apply and share the knowledge that they have gained from their academic studies; and become familiar with the day-to-day challenges of employment in the organizations and community services that engage public policy at a practical level.

This initiative will benefit not only students, but also every participating organization or service, while also strengthening relations between the university and community. While student volunteers can assist in meaningful ways with the general work and the day to day administration of the organization, they may also provide invaluable support with the planning and implementation of new projects, or campaigns, including, for example, through research, educational outreach, planning workshops or conferences, or assisting in front-line support or daily administration.

For further information, please contact: Harry Critchley at H.Critchley@dal.ca

Student Responsibilities

Each student will have a designated supervisor at the agency, to whom to report, and who will serve as the primary contact for the Placement Coordinator at Dalhousie. With respect to the specific arrangements and working schedule for the practicum, the primary responsibilities rests with the students, who will be required to clarify their roles, tasks and expectations with their supervisors. In consultation with the supervisor, the Placement Coordinator at Dalhousie will be responsible for evaluating the student’s performance on a pass/fail basis, in view of the core requirements of the course: the completion of required hours and general progress reports; attendance at monthly meetings; and the completion of a final report.

Students are required to spend up to an average of 7.0 hours per week, or, if worked in a single day, 8 hours with up to one hour off for lunch, for a period of 12 weeks at a selected placement agency, for a total of 84 hours. The placements begin in the first week of January (i.e., with the student’s first 7.0 hours completed by the end of the 2nd week of classes) and will run through to the last week of classes with the exception of the reading week. There is plenty of flexibility for determining the working schedule for the student, which will be arranged directly between the student and the supervisor(s) at the agency. For example, if a student is assigned to work on a project that requires an extensive time commitment for a short period of time—such as organizing a conference or public campaign—an arrangement may be made to work many of the required hours during that period, while taking a break in the preceding or subsequent weeks.

Course Syllabus

Course syllabus for POLI/GWST 4390

Our Host Organizations

Here you can find a list with a short description of all our current host organizations for the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 term: Current Host Organizations

Practicum Placement Opportunities

Detailed information regarding the Practicum Placement Opportunities avaliable in the current Fall 2016 semester and upcoming Winter 2017 semester

How to Apply

If you are intersted in applying for POLI/GWST 4390 and prusing a practicum placement, please contact: Harry Critchley at H.Critchley@dal.ca