Collaborative Specialization in Workplace Learning and Social Change
Collaborative Specialization in Workplace Learning and Social Change Overview
The Collaborative Specialization in Workplace Learning and Social Change (WLSC) is designed for students interested in developing their understandings of work and learning trends in Canada and internationally, with a focus on the relationships between workplace learning and social change.
WLSC has three intellectual objectives:
- To situate workplace learning within broader social trends such as globalization, neo-liberalism, and organizational restructuring.
- To allow exploration of the connections between learning as an individual phenomenon and learning as a social/organizational and public policy phenomenon.
- To highlight the learning strategies that seek to foster social change through greater equality of power, inclusivity, participatory decision-making, and economic democracy.
Faculty associated with WLSC have expertise in issues related to workplace learning amongst immigrant workers, foreign trained professionals, marginalized workers, as well as workers embedded within progressive organizational structures. They also contribute expertise in the areas of social policy, organizational development, technological change, industrial relations, labour market analysis and school-to-work transitions.
Participating Degree Programs
The Collaborative Specialization in WLSC is open to students enrolled in the following programs:
|Adult Education & Community Development||Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education||MA, MEd, PhD|
|Industrial Relations & Human Resources||Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources||MIRHR, PhD|
|Rehabilitation Science||Rehabilitation Sciences Institute||MSc, PhD|
|Social Justice Education||Department of Social Justice Education||MA, MEd, EdD, PhD|
|Women & Gender Studies||Women & Gender Studies Institute||MA|
Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW)
WLSC has a close relationship with the Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW). Established in 2014, CLSEW merges two research centres – the Centre for the Study of Education and Work and the Social Economy Centre.
Students are encouraged to participate in their Speaker Series events, workshops, and other activities.
Collaborative Specialization in Workplace Learning and Social Change Admission Requirements
Applicants must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments. The WLSC collaborative specialization encourages diversity in academic disciplines and life experiences.
In their application to the home program, applicants must indicate that they are also applying to the Collaborative Specialization in Workplace Learning and Social Change. Applicants should indicate to referees that their letters of support will be used in application for both the collaborative specialization and the home program.
Qualified applicants to the Collaborative Specialization in Workplace Learning and Social Change should demonstrate well-developed, scholarly awareness of the field of workplace learning and social change in their application materials.
In addition to corresponding to all home department requirements, the application should include a statement of interest which includes:
- Relevant personal and/or professional experiences, a career plan, motivation in seeking advanced training in Workplace Learning and Social Change.
- An indication of specific courses of interest.
- For thesis students, a brief outline of their proposed research project.
- For thesis students, indication of their preference of supervisor.
Students who are already enrolled in the Department of Social Justice Education or the Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education will be allowed to apply to the collaborative specialization after they have been admitted.
Students should submit the add-collaborative form and a half-page statement explaining their interest to the program administrator via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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