The summer Journal of Integrated Studies issue is out!

The latest issue of the Journal of Integrated Studies has just been published! Work by students in every issue includes articles, poetry, book reviews and for this issue, a graduate student's reflection on the cover artwork (left), which is a piece from the AU art collection by Libby Hague. Changes in the Journal of Integrated Studies Our "About Publishing" project has also … [Read more...]

Heritage and Social History Focus Area- Master of Arts

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...]

Fall deadlines for scholarships coming up!

There are a number of AU scholarships with approaching deadlines coming up in September. Be sure to check out our scholarships page to see if you qualify and apply by the deadline. Many of our scholarships can be applied for at any time but there are a few that have hard and fast deadlines. You still have time for these September deadline scholarships and … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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

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...]

Equity Studies: Equality and Social Justice

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...]

Integrating Work and Life in the Online Classroom

Athabasca University's Masters in Integrated Studies Program One of the largest Master of Arts programs in interdisciplinary studies in Canada, Athabasca University’s MA Program in Integrated Studies (MA-IS) 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. … [Read more...]