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Instructional Plans for Fall 2020

Undergraduate Instructional Plans for Fall 2020 by Faculty

The following information outlines the instructional plans for each undergraduate program at Laurier for the fall 2020 term, organized by faculty. The majority of instruction for fall 2020 will take place either remotely or online, with any exceptions noted below. The courses and other curricular elements that were considered priorities for in-person instruction or supervision include:

  • Experiential learning courses that take place off-site (e.g. at a placement location);
  • Research-based courses that require access to laboratories for data collection and analysis;
  • Practical study course that require access to learning materials (e.g. instruments); and/or
  • Courses that fulfil licensing or accreditation requirements.

Note that no students will be required to attend classes in person should they choose not to; alternative arrangements will be provided.

For information about which academic programs are housed within a particular faculty, consult the Undergraduate Academic Calendar 2020/21.

Faculty of Arts

  • All undergraduate (100-400 level courses) in all programs and departments will be delivered remotely or online in fall 2020.
  • It may be possible for students in GESC465: Capstone Urban Sustainability Project to complete this experiential learning course in-person; this will be decided in consultation with the City of Cambridge.
  • Students registered in GESC450: Thesis will have access to labs, as necessary, in order to conduct their research.

Faculty of Education

  • Bachelor of Education students will complete all of their fall term coursework remotely or online (except EU450 and EU455 practicum courses).
  • Practicum courses (EU450 and EU455) will be completed in-person and/or virtually depending on the teaching delivery model in schools of our five partner school boards.
  • Potential opportunities may be available for optional in-person professional development sessions on campus.

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

  • All undergraduate (100-400 level courses) in all programs and departments will be delivered remotely or online in fall 2020.

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

  • All undergraduate (100-400 level courses) in all Business and Economics programs will be delivered remotely or online in fall 2020.

Faculty of Liberal Arts

  • All undergraduate (100-400 level courses) in all programs and departments will be delivered remotely or online in fall 2020.

Martin Luther University College

  • All undergraduate courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship will be delivered remotely for fall 2020.

Faculty of Music

  • All undergraduate (100-400 level) courses in all concentrations of the Bachelor of Music program will be delivered remotely or online in fall 2020. Percussion students will be able to have access to percussion instruments in order to complete requirements for practical study courses.
  • All undergraduate (100-400 level) courses in the Bachelor of Music Therapy program will be delivered remotely, with the exception of MU459B: Music Therapy Internship II, which students may be able to complete in-person if internship placements are available in order to meet graduation and accreditation requirements.

Faculty of Science

  • All undergraduate (100-300 level courses) lecture-based courses in all programs will be delivered remotely or online, with most labs adapted for remote delivery. The lab components of the following courses will be offered face-to-face in a condensed format for students able to attend them in person. For students who are unable to attend the following labs in person, the laboratory component may either be completed online or delayed and completed once students are on campus.
    • CH110: Fundamentals of Chemistry I
    • CH202: Organic Chemistry I: Fundamentals
    • CH213: Physical Chemistry 2A
    • CH250: Introductory Biochemistry
    • CH261: Analytical Chemistry I
  • All 400-level lecture-based courses in all programs will be delivered remotely or online. Select 400-level research-based and laboratory courses will be offered in-person, including:
    • BI475: Microbial Ecology
    • BI495: Directed Studies
    • BI499: Thesis
    • CH490: Honours Thesis Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • CH495: Directed Studies
    • HE490: Directed Research in Health Sciences
    • KP490: Thesis
    • PS499: Thesis
    • WASC403: Lab Techniques in Water Science

Faculty of Social Work

  • All undergraduate courses in the Bachelor of Social Work program will be delivered remotely for fall 2020.
  • BSW students enrolled in SK399: Field 1 and SK499: Field 2 may be able to complete their Ontario-based agency placement in-person if agencies are open and safety requirements are met.

Graduate Instructional Plans for Fall 2020 by Faculty

The following information outlines the instructional plans for each graduate program at Laurier for the fall 2020 term, organized by faculty or school. The majority of instruction for fall 2020 will take place either remotely or online, with any exceptions noted below. The courses and other curricular elements that were considered priorities for in-person instruction or supervision include:

  • Experiential learning courses that take place off-site (e.g. at a placement location);
  • Research-based courses that require access to laboratories for data collection and analysis;
  • Courses that fulfil licensing or accreditation requirements; and
  • Executive-style cohort-based programs which are offered at off-peak times or alternative locations (e.g. Toronto).

Note that no students will be required to attend classes in person should they choose not to; alternative arrangements will be provided.

For information about which academic programs are housed within a particular faculty, consult the Graduate Academic Calendar 2020/21.

Faculty of Arts

  • All graduate courses and other curricular elements in all programs and departments will be delivered remotely in fall 2020.

Faculty of Education

  • All courses in the Master of Education (Waterloo and Milton) will be delivered remotely in fall 2020.

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

  • All courses in the Master of Arts in Criminology will be delivered remotely in fall 2020.
  • All courses in the Master of Public Safety will be delivered online.

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

  • All courses and other curricular elements of the following Lazaridis School graduate programs will be delivered remotely in fall 2020:
    • Graduate Diploma in Accounting
    • Master of Business Administration (Waterloo)
    • Master of Arts in Business Economics (MABE)
    • Master of Finance (Waterloo)
    • MSc in Management (Waterloo)
    • PhD in Management (Waterloo)
  • Some courses and curricular elements of the following executive-style cohort based programs may be delivered in-person (further information will be communicated on the website):
    • MSc in Management of Innovation and Technology (Waterloo)
    • Master of Finance (Toronto)
    • Master of Business Administration (Toronto)
    • MSc in Management Analytics (Waterloo)
  • Should government and health and safety regulations allow for larger classes to be offered, additional courses and programs may be added to this list.

Faculty of Liberal Arts

  • All courses and curricular elements in the Master of Arts in Social Justice and Community Engagement will be delivered remotely in fall 2020.

Martin Luther University College

  • All coursework and other curricular elements in all graduate programs will be delivered remotely in fall 2020.
  • Students who require TH562A: Supervised Pastoral Education to fulfil program requirements may be able to complete this placement in-person.

Faculty of Music

  • All courses and other curricular elements for the Master of Arts in Community Music will be delivered remotely in fall 2020.
  • All courses and other curricular elements in the Master of Music Therapy program will be delivered remotely, with the exception of the clinical placement courses MU508: Music Psychotherapy Placement II and MU610: Music Psychotherapy Placement V, which students may be able to complete in-person if clinical placements are available in order to meet graduation and accreditation requirements. Health and safety requirements for students will be managed in partnership with placement sites (e.g., hospital settings).

School of International Policy and Governance

  • All courses in the Master of International Public Policy will be delivered remotely in fall 2020.
  • All courses and other curricular elements in the PhD in Global Governance (joint with UW) will be delivered remotely in fall 2020.

Faculty of Science

  • All coursework in graduate programs will be delivered remotely or online in fall 2020.
  • Select graduate-level research-based and laboratory courses will be offered in person, including:
    • BI601: Research in Integrative Biology
    • BI699: MSc Thesis
    • BH899: PhD Dissertation
    • CH699: MSc Thesis
    • KP699: Master’s Thesis
    • KP899: Doctoral Dissertation
    • PS891: Comprehensive Research Experience I
    • PS892: Comprehensive Research Experience II
    • PS699: Thesis
    • PS899: Dissertation

Faculty of Social Work

  • All graduate courses and other curricular elements in the Master of Social Work and PhD in Social Work will be delivered remotely or online in fall 2020.
  • MSW students (Regular and Advanced Standing programs) enrolled in SW649: Advanced Field Education may be able to complete their placements in-person if agencies are open and safety requirements are met.
  • More detailed information about plans for the Master of Social Work.