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HUMS551: Foundations of Research

Provides an introduction to the foundations of research and to the concepts and procedures of qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Covers strategies for critically assessing published empirical research and discusses the roles of epistemological and ontological assumptions in the application of paradigms of knowledge. Reviews issues concerning ethics in research and the function of social values in the process of knowledge construction. Examines core research methodologies and methods used in professional practice. Pre-requisites: One of CAMN 502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS611: Intercultural Competence

Examines core concepts and theories on culture and cultural competence. Engages students in application of theoretical frameworks in professional and personal settings. Provides students with an opportunity to critically examine their own socio-cultural locations to raise intercultural awareness, assist in intercultural mindset development, and facilitate intercultural competence development. Enables students to apply an intercultural analysis to complex situations involving stakeholders of different cultural backgrounds. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS630: Advanced Research Methods

Provides students with an advanced examination of qualitative and quantitative research methodology, strategies, data gathering techniques, and data analysis. Covers research design, common methodologies, ethics, data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of research results. Prerequisites: HUMS551
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS641: Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action

Analyzes the moral, ethical and legal basis for humanitarian action. Examines the history of humanitarian policy and practice, and considers its future trajectory in domestic and international contexts. Analyzes humanitarian actors and associated funding, coordination and accountability mechanisms and their influence on humanitarian practice. Examines principles of humanitarian action and efforts to professionalize humanitarian practice. Investigates the fundamentals of effective humanitarian action, including the modalities and the inter-relationship of assistance and protection. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS642: Psychosocial Interventions: Managing Stress, Trauma, and Loss

Examines the psychology and behaviour of survivors, responders and leaders in situations of conflict, crisis, and disaster. Analyzes theory and evidence-informed practices that promote individual and collective resilience and recovery. Explores stress, trauma, grief and coping. Analyzes interventions that address the psychosocial needs of individuals and communities. Pre-requisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS643: Ethno-political Conflicts in the Canadian Context

Addresses the nature of and approaches to response to, community conflicts in the Canadian context, with a specific focus on ethno-political forms of conflict. Compares the manifestation of ethno-political conflict in international and domestic contexts. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS644: Internship

An experiential education experience (internship) which guides student in applying theoretical knowledge and professional skills in a supervised, professional, domestic or international context relevant to their program of study. Requires a minimum of 420 contact hours at the host organisation, normally completed over a period of 3 to 5 months. Brings classroom learning, theoretical concepts and academic literature together with practical learning, insights from the field of practice and application of skills. Pre-requisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502, plus HUMSIP.
Course Credits: 6.0

HUMS651: Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice

Examines special topics in humanitarian policy and practice through comparative case study and discussion with experts in the field. Topics may vary from year to year, and will draw from current and anticipated issues of concern in a range of humanitarian contexts. Focuses on the connections between humanitarian principles and operations and their longer term development and sustainability consequences, placing particular emphasis on extracting lessons learned from recent cases. Examples may include protracted conflicts, political dimensions of humanitarian funding and action, population movements, homelessness, transition from the humanitarian stage to the development phase, and the efficacy of cross-cutting programming initiatives (e.g., gender, vulnerability). Pre-requisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS652: Adaptive Management for Complex Humanitarian Problems in the 21st Century

Examines leadership theory, research, and practices that support resilience and adaptive planning, addressing concerns related to ill-structured, complex, and inter-related problems, and working in a range of threat environments and contexts. Prerequisites: CAMN502, DEMN502, HSBP500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS653: Environmental and Resource-Based Conflict Management

Explores the nature and impacts of conflicts related to environmental and resource management issues in domestic and international contexts. Examines diversity of perspectives and mandates of stakeholders associated with these types of conflicts, and explores strategies for engaging with these issues to support sustainable development and protect basic human rights. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS661: Risk and Crisis Communication

Examines communication needs associated with contexts of heightened concern (e.g., crisis, conflict, disasters). Analyzes theories about perception of risk. Explores theories, principles and practices of risk and crisis communication that support individuals, organizations and communities making effective risk/benefit decisions, managing fear and uncertainty, and responding to crisis. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS662: Professional Practice in Conflict and Change Management

Develops core skills for professionals working in conflict and change management contexts: reflective practice, use of self, skills, process, and context of application. Examines design and implementation of sustainable and integrative changes at organisational and community levels, as well as in complex multi-stakeholder environments. Builds professional competencies for dealing with resistance and generating buy-in and ownership in change processes. (Blended course with a one week residency.) Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS671: Transdisciplinarity in Practice

Provides students opportunities to locate settings, situations and phenomena suitable for deconstructing concepts of justice and humanitarianism. Students can work with theoretical and practical paradigms to generate strategies focused on complex justice-related problem solving that may otherwise go unaddressed. Includes the identification of suitable research methods and policy development. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS672: Public Images of Justice and Fairness

Evaluates a variety of evocative images of justice (broadly defined) throughout our social history in photos, videos, paintings, literature and other media. Draws on concepts of justice that transect theology, philosophy, sociology, criminal justice, the humanities and even popular culture to deconstruct various societal concepts of justice and fairness, culture and communication. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.m *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS673: Indigenous Perspectives on Humanitarianism

Provides students with opportunities to explore trends in humanitarian theory and action from indigenous perspectives. Working with members of an indigenous community or referring to existing cases, students are required to work towards the development and application of indigenous approaches to humanitarian issues. Topics will vary according to student interest and instructor expertise. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS691: Short Paper

Culminates the course-based master’s track program of studies by having students select, critique, synthesize and apply findings from the research literature to make recommendations for how to deal with a professional practice problem. Pre-requisite: completion of all required courses, and all required electives.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS695: Thesis

To analyze existing research, collate or collect data, and apply it in the context of an existing problem. Thesis identifies a problem, states the hypothesis or research question, identifies major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information, analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation based on the data and theoretical framing. Appropriate standards of validity and reliability must be evident in tool development and data collection. Finished thesis evidences critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, and thorough documentation. Requires at least 400 hours of effort. Students must apply for the permission to pursue a thesis and be approved before being registered in the Thesis course. Pre-requisites: Completion of all Required courses plus HUMS630.
Course Credits: 12.0

HUMSIP: Internship Preparation and Career Management Skills

JUST502: Foundations in Transdisciplinary Justice

Introduces students to the distinctions between multi and interdisciplinary conceptions of justice and transdisciplinary studies of justice. Traces the origins of transdisciplinary studies and examines the integration of natural and social sciences toward the development of holistic approaches to problems in justice. Provides a critique of current discipline-based approaches to the study of justice-related problems through the development of transdisciplinary models of justice within a democratic context. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

JUST503: Current Issues in Justice

Identifies and applies theoretical and practical foundations for the identification of problems in justice studies and their solutions. Emphasizes the collaborative nature of knowledge generation and the growing interdependence among disciplines for the resolution of complex justice-related problems. Introduces individuals’ role as a bricoleur in the search for justice. Pre-requisite: JS502. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

JUST504: Indigeneity and Justice

Examines the concept of justice from non-western, indigenous perspectives and the development of indigenous perspectives for realizing justice. Includes an historical account of the treatment of indigenous people, governmental interventions and social movements aimed at improving justice for indigenous people. Refers to national and international agendas for resolution of long standing issues identified by the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Pre-requisite: Pre-requisite: JS502. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

JUST505: Case Studies in Transdisciplinary Justice

Compares approaches to understanding and addressing injustice through analysis of case studies representing real events. Bridges the theoretical and practical perspectives on justice. Draws on a range of changing topics gathered from current societal issues. As examples, this may include topics ranging from aboriginal rights, health, disability, housing, poverty, racism, gender inequality and environmental issues. Pre-requisite: JS502. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

JUST506: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Social Justice

Examines the underlying and historic constructs of, and approaches to, social justice. Explores the critical theories and work of key thinkers across a range of disciplines to unpack issues of power, poverty, equity and social injustice based on individual and collective characteristics (e.g. gender, race, power, ethnicity, socioeconomic standing, religion, or sexuality). Highlights social activism and social movements designed to affect social change, and asks students to reflect on their own impact and relationship to issues of social justice. Pre-requisite: JS502. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

JUST601: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on International Justice

Explores issues of, and critiques approaches to, addressing issues of global justice. Analyses current legal and political structures that promote peace and security in the world and redress conflict, international crime, human rights, and the environmental economic impacts of globalization. Pre-requisites: JUST502, JUST503, JUST504, HUMS551, JUST505, JUST506. *pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

JUST602: Advanced Policy Analysis in Justice Studies

Provides an overview of policy analysis on major justice-related topics covered in preceding JS courses. Involves the identification and application of tools used in public policy analysis to problems facing policymakers in domestic and international contexts. Includes a critique of dominant policy analysis approaches and assessment of neoliberal policies on justice outcomes. Co-requisite: JUST601; Pre-requisites: JUST502, JUST503, JUST504, HUMS551, JUST505, JUST506. *Pending approval
Course Credits: 3.0

PJMN501: Managing Complex Projects

Project managers use specific proven techniques and strategies for achieving outstanding results. Several models have evolved to provide contextual frameworks for integrating projects within an organization’s strategic goals. This course includes and examines the benefits realization approach and the SMART (strategically managed, aligned, regenerative and transitional) model.
Course Credits: 3.0