Applied Social Science Research Certificate

Note - this certificate is not officially available to declare until September 2019.

What is the certificate in Applied Social Science Research?

The Certificate in Applied Social Science Research is an interdisciplinary embedded certificate aimed at developing students’ research skills in the social sciences through a combination of course work and hands-on research experience. The certificate is open to undergraduate students across Faculties, but is primarily geared towards those enrolled in the Faculty of Arts. Completion of the certificate provides students with marketable skills and experiences in social research and strong preparation for graduate study in the social sciences. 

Why add this certificate to your degree?

The Certificate in Applied Social Science Research, through a combination of coursework and experiential learning, will provide a strong methodological background for students seeking further education in the social sciences or health sciences. Additionally, the certificate’s experiential component provides hands-on learning experiences through which students can develop practical research and critical thinking skills that are in demand among employers and policymakers. 

What experiences are involved in obtaining this certificate?

To be awarded the certificate, students must complete *15 of course work that includes the following:

*3 One introductory statistics course (e.g., SOC 210, STAT 151)
*3 One introductory overview course in social science methodology course (e.g., SOC 315, PSYCO 212, NS 390)
*6 Two advanced methods or statistics courses (e.g., STAT 252, ECON 399, SOC 456, SOC 418, HGP 470, ANTHR 401)
*3 Participation in SOC 415: Applied Research Internship OR completion of a capstone social science research project involving either a research internship or a research-based honors thesis/individual study with a faculty member 

In addition, all students completing the certificate during the specified year will be required to present their projects at the end of the winter semester either with their cohort or at an approved venue.  Other presentation options, such as through a conference or alternative course, will be considered for students competing their projects during other semesters at the discretion of the Certificate Advisor.

For more information please email the Certificate Adviser, Dr. Harvey Krahn, at cassr@ualberta.ca.

Community Engagement Service-Learning Certificate

The Community Service-Learning (CSL) program started as a pilot program in Sociology in 2003 and has since supported courses in fifteen departments. Faculty and instructors in the Sociology Department have continued to play an active role in actively adapting a variety of courses to include a CSL component.

Community service-learning is a pedagogy that integrates volunteer and social action work into academic courses. Typically, students in CSL-designated courses dedicate about twenty hours each into community-based projects or activities that have been intentionally designed to match the goals of the course. When effectively adopted as a key element of a course, CSL not only enlivens course material but also develops critical thinking and engages students in questions of social change.

The Community Engagement Service-Learning Certificate allows students to demonstrate that they have significantly integrated community service-learning (CSL) into their postsecondary education. The knowledge and experience students gain through service-learning are relevant and applicable to a wide range of careers, including those in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the volunteer sector, business and government, and academic institutions. Students enrolled in any undergraduate program at the University of Alberta are eligible for the Certificate, which is received upon graduation and noted on the student transcript.


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