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...]

Back in A Couple: List of temporary office closures in honour of Employee Recognition Event

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Athabasca University is hosting its annual Employee Recognition Event next Tuesday, Oct. 6.   The following offices will be closed and/or AU staff unavailable between 11:00 a.m. and  1 p.m. on this day: Counselling Services Unit (CSU) Centre for Distance Education Faculty of Health Disciplines (Athabasca Office) Faculty of Humanities and Social … [Read more...]

Come celebrate our heritage!

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Are you passionate about the conservation of historic places, landscapes, or artifacts? Does the interaction between people and places, culture and nature intrigue you? How about history and heritage resources—or digging around in the dirt, through time, to understand the past? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, you might want to attend a monumental event related to Our … [Read more...]

MA-IS program offers a specialization in Adult Education

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Adult education is one of the most popular MA-IS focus areas (streams), whether you are a community educator, human resource specialist, trainer or simply wanting to know more about the role of adult education in Canada or the world this stream is for you! Courses examine "Canadian adult education," "the purposes of adult  education," "program planning and methods in adult … [Read more...]

Educational Studies a popular specialization in the MA-IS Program

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Are you a teacher or a school or college administrator, counselor, or psychologist who wants to achieve a graduate degree with a focus on critical approaches to educational issues and practices? Do you want to be able to complete your graduate degree while maintaining your position at your school or college? Enrolment in the Educational Studies focus area allows you to engage in … [Read more...]

What is Cultural Studies (and Why Should I Care?)?

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Have you ever witnessed people being dismissed because of the way they dress or how they speak, or found yourself making snap judgments about others based on the TV shows they watch or the kinds of music they enjoy listening to? Or possibly you’ve wondered why some consider graffiti to be an art form while others view it as an act of vandalism? And what about such things as yarn … [Read more...]

First Impressions Initiative at the Royal Alberta Museum

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  Have you ever heard the saying: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”? Over the past year, Museum staff members have been thinking about our visitors and what sort of impression we make. As we transition from our current location in Glenora to our new downtown location, we wanted to take this opportunity to try some new things here to see how they might work … [Read more...]

MAIS- Work, Leadership and Organization

"Retail Banking" by Tandguladze - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Retail_Banking.jpg#/media/File:Retail_Banking.jpg

WORK – It doesn’t mean what it used to. For an earlier generation, work invoked time structured by the factory and the punch clock, or time structured by the fields and the seasons. And in fact, there are still many thousands in Canada who work in factories and on farms. But the fastest growing areas of work are in the service sector – retail, banking, finance, computer services, … [Read more...]

Global Change a focus area in the MA-IS program

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Today we are faced with extraordinarily rapid and sometimes disruptive changes on a global scale to a degree perhaps never seen before. It is has become virtually impossible to think of one’s culture, tradition, or nation apart from the global context that increasingly defines it or exerts various sorts of pressure upon it. Political policies, social structures, and environmental … [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...]