AU welcomes new Writer-in-Residence: Acclaimed “Half-Blood Blues” novelist Esi Edugyan

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Please join the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in welcoming Esi Edugyan, Athabasca University’s 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence/Writer for Health. Esi is an award-winning writer and novelist whose second novel, Half Blood Blues, won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, among other awards and nominations. Please visit the Writer-in-Residence website … [Read more...]

Heritage and Social History Focus Area- Master of Arts

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Athabasca University’s Master of Arts - Integrated Studies Program (MA-IS) has recently developed the Heritage and Social History focus area which integrates the heritage and history programs and provides a unique opportunity for students to study theoretical and applied issues in heritage and history, social traditions and institutions and historical patterns, using an … [Read more...]

Five hundred thousand downloads and counting

Just a few of the impressive and diverse book titles under the AU Press imprint. Photo by Megan Hall

At the launch of AU Press in 2007, Alvin Finkel, a member its editorial committee, told the crowd he is often asked by authors: “Will I make any money if I publish with an open-access press?” He quipped: “Well, you don’t make any money publishing a scholarly monograph anyway, at any press—but AU Press can offer you immortality!” And if download numbers are a further indication … [Read more...]

Interpretation Plan for Government House

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  As a designated provincial and national historic site, Edmonton’s Government House serves the city, Alberta, and Canada as a powerful symbol in connection with our political system and its people. This interpretive plan seeks to define activities that will help visitors understand the House’s historic creation and evolution through its architecture and collections. The … [Read more...]

The Journal of Integrated Studies

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Reasons why we have a peer-reviewed graduate journal at AU staffed by MAIS students and open to any graduate student writer on the planet Reinekke Lengelle, PhD (Faculty coordinator for JIS) When I did my master’s degree twenty years ago, we learned about communication, policy development, power relations, and research methodology. We learned what social scientists aim to do: … [Read more...]

Equity Studies: Equality and Social Justice

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How might courses in Equity Studies help you in your everyday life? Consider the number of events that you encounter in a day at home, at work, with friends and often with complete strangers in which you are not sure that you or someone else has acted fairly or equitably. Consider how inequality is woven into social relations whether at the level of individual, group, community, … [Read more...]

Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking- MAIS

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Do you like to read ? Turn your love of reading into a degree. Do you want to improve your critical thinking skills and your writing? The Literary Studies program is meant for you. And an MA degree can lead to career advancement and may change your life. We focus on fine books but also the universe of digital media. We help you develop your critical reading skills so that you … [Read more...]

Two Career Choices in One Course: Social Work and Human Services

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Approximately 11 per cent of Albertans and a similar percentage of Canadians are employed in health care and social assistance. The sector includes both social work and human services. In the future demand will be high for supervisory and management staff The broad set of skills needed to work in human services, a generalist form of social work, makes work experience interspersed … [Read more...]

Interested in social justice advocacy? We have a program for you

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Are you already doing community organizing, social justice advocacy, social planning , or thinking you might give them try? Are you interested in the upswing in social movements in Canada and the world and wonder why they sometimes succeed and often fail? Are you curious about transformative learning and want to engage it with confidence? Welcome to MAIS Community Studies! We are … [Read more...]

AU announces the 2014-2015 Writer in Residence

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Athabasca University's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is ecstatic to announce that Anita Rau Badami will be AUs 2014-2015 Writer in Residence.  Anita is an award-winning novelist and essayist whose critically acclaimed books have been published in several languages across the world. About Anita Badami Anita Rau Badami is the author of four novels: Tamarind Mem (Penguin, … [Read more...]