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...]

What cancer patient Louann Poirier learned from studying with AU

Describing her studies with Athabasca University, Louann Poirier (BPA: Human Services, 2014) says, “I was the butterfly gleaning the knowledge in my courses.” Now, as she copes with terminal cancer, she continues to draw inspiration from butterflies, as you’ll see in her poem at the end of this article.

When Louann Poirier’s cancer came back in 2014, she was told she had only a few months to live. She had been diligently working away at a human services degree from Athabasca University for over a decade, but now she feared she might not have time to finish it. And it was a dream she very much wanted to see through to the end. Louann explained her situation to Dr. Jane … [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...]

Solid foundation courses for undergraduate studies

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Foundation courses help you make sure you start off your university education right. Sometimes these are courses you have to take to meet the requirements for a program; sometimes they're optional. Either way, foundation courses help you develop the learning skills you'll need for university. And Athabasca University has many great foundation courses that you can take whether or not … [Read more...]

The nightmare protection hypothesis: An AU tutor’s surprising research

The nightmare protection hypothesis suggests that combat video games can help some people cope with nightmares.

The “nightmare protection hypothesis” by Dr. Jayne Gackenbach and colleagues suggests the relationship between violent video games and nightmares — at least for some groups of people — is not what you might expect it to be. And for people like soldiers, combat video games might even be a source of empowerment and therapy for coping with traumatic events. How Gackenbach came to … [Read more...]

Yes, Priscilla, Athabasca University is real

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Because Athabasca University teaches students online mostly, people who don’t know us well still sometimes wonder if we’re “real.” Do we have a campus? Professors? Staff? Is “Athabasca” even a real place? One of our students grappling with these classic AU questions was Priscilla Lear, a sociology student who lives in Maputo, Mozambique. But to satisfy her curiosity and get proof … [Read more...]

Grad tales: AU grads share what made their graduation journeys special

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Athabasca University has a unique convocation tradition. As the grads cross the stage, a professor reads a 30-second story about each grad, giving the audience a feel for who the grads are along with the highlights — and lowlights — of their educational journeys. To recap this year’s convocation, we’re sharing some of our favourite nuggets from the tales told about our class of … [Read more...]

Integrating work and life in the online classroom: AU’s Master of Arts – Integrated Studies

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One of the largest Master of Arts programs in interdisciplinary studies in Canada, AU’s MA Program in Integrated Studies includes courses across the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, from literature to anthropology, and from global studies to education studies.  The MA-IS Program combines disciplines to form 11 interdisciplinary concentrations, or … [Read more...]

Recipients of the President’s Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence announced

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Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President of Athabasca University, announced the two recipients of the President's Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence (PARSE). This award is presented each year. Adjudication of PARSE is done by the General Faculties Council Academic Excellence Awards Committee (AEAC). This award is given in recognition of a record of excellence in research … [Read more...]