Department of Indigenous Studies Practicum Course Guidelines

Introduction
Practicum Courses (NAST 386) are guided work experiences that enable students to link theory and practice. They generally consist of a project undertaken for or in collaboration with an organization. It is not expected that you will be paid for the work although the organization may cover your expenses and provide a modest honorarium.

Eligibility Requirements
Students must have taken at least 10 full courses and have a B average or 73%. Normally NAST 381H/NAST 383H should be completed prior to the practicum. Practicum Guidelines

  1. All practicum courses must be approved by a faculty supervisor, practicum supervisor from the organization community and the Department Chair prior to their commencement. Normally, one would seek approval for a practicum at least one term in advance.
  2. Students who wish to undertake a practicum should first of all find a faculty member who is willing to supervise a practicum, an organization that is willing to supervise the work, and then prepare a short 3 - 5 page practicum proposal. This proposal should contain a short description of the project you plan to undertake. The organization you intend to work with, a preliminary reading list of material that you intend to read while on the practicum and a proposed work plan, including a plan of evaluation.
  3. The evaluation must include a journal of your reflections on your practicum experiences relating them to the literature you read and a research essay (2000 - 2500 words) on a topic related to the practicum. Students are also expected to submit a reading log of all the references they have read. Students are normally required to submit a written evaluation from their practicum supervisor to their faculty advisor.
  4. Full course practicums should be 1 day/week for 12 weeks or 3 weeks if the students is attending on a daily basis. The total number of hours spent with the organization should be at least 72 and no more than 80.
  5. Papers are due on a date agreed to by the Faculty Supervisor, the organizer/community supervisor and the student, but no later than 2 weeks after the last day of classes.


Indigenous Studies Department Practicum Course Request and Approval Form
Practicums are guided work experiences that enable students to link theory with practice. They generally consist of a project undertaken for, or in collaboration with, an organization. It is not expected that you will be paid for the work although the organization may cover your expenses and provide a modest honorarium.

Instructions

1. This form must be filled out and signed by the student, faculty supervisor, community organization supervisor and Departmental Chair. A practicum course proposal must accompany the request.

2. Please use the Practicum Course Guidelines, attached, as a basis for the course proposal.

I request to undertake a practicum course (NAST 386) as outlined below

Name: ___________________________________________________________________________

Student Number: __________________________________________________________________

Proposed Topic: ___________________________________________________________________

Proposed Faculty Supervisor: ________________________________________________________

Proposed Community Supervisor and Name of Organization: _______________________________

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Location of Proposed Activities, Address and Phone number: _______________________________

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Student Signature:________________________________ Date: __________________________

Approval Faculty Supervisor: _____________________________________ Date: ______________________
 (signature)

Organization/Community Supervisor: ____________________________ Date: _____________________
(signature)

Department Chair: ____________________________________ Date: _____________________
 (signature)