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Instructional Plans for Winter 2021

Updated: Jan. 11, 2021

Undergraduate Instructional Plans for Winter 2021 by Faculty

The following information outlines the instructional plans for each undergraduate program at Laurier for the winter 2021 term, organized by faculty. The majority of instruction for winter 2021 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:

  • Courses that must be offered in order for students to meet graduation requirements;
  • 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 courses 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

  • The majority of undergraduate (100-400 level) courses in all programs and departments will be delivered remotely or online in winter 2021.
  • The following courses have components that will enable students to engage in-person either off-campus or in computer labs or classrooms on campus:
    • EN440e: Romantic Walking (off campus activities)
    • FR300: Teaching, Learning and Thinking in French (in-school portion)
    • FS371: Advanced Video Editing (laboratory component)
    • GG333: Field Surveying (laboratory and off campus components)
    • GG355: Remote Sensing for Geography and Environmental Studies (laboratory component)
    • GESC360: Research Methods and Thesis Preparation (classroom component)
    • GG368: Computer Applications in Geography (laboratory component)
    • GG469: Advanced Geographical Information Systems (laboratory component)
    • GESC399: Third Year Field Studies (off campus activities)
    • GESC450: Thesis (laboratory component)
    • GESC465: Capstone Urban Sustainability Project (off campus activities)

Faculty of Education

  • Bachelor of Education students will complete most of their winter 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 available in six partner school boards.
  • Some Bachelor of Education courses may offer optional in-person classes such as: EU446
  • All International Education Studies courses will be delivered remotely or online except INED 101 which may offer two optional in-person classes in March 2021.
  • All Education Minor courses will be delivered online or remotely.

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

  • All undergraduate (100-400 level courses) in all programs and departments will be delivered remotely or online in winter 2021.

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 winter 2021.

Faculty of Liberal Arts

  • All undergraduate (100-400 level courses) in all programs and departments will be delivered remotely or online in winter 2021.

Martin Luther University College

  • All undergraduate courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship will be delivered remotely for winter 2021.

Faculty of Music

  • With the exception of some performance and studio-based courses, all undergraduate (100-400 level) courses in all concentrations of the Bachelor of Music program will be delivered remotely or online in winter 2021. Percussion students will be able to have access to percussion instruments in order to complete requirements for practical study courses.
  • In order to achieve critical learning outcomes, Studio Instruction, Chamber music, and Opera courses will be delivered in a combination of face-to-face and remote instruction, observing the strictest health and safety protocols according to the provincial recommendations issued for the Provincewide Shutdown that began on December 26, 2020. Students and instructors who choose to continue in a remote learning environment will be given the option to do so.
  • All undergraduate (100-400 level) courses in the Bachelor of Music Therapy program will be delivered remotely, with the exception of Music Therapy Internship and Practicum courses, which students may be able to complete in person if placements are available in order to meet graduation and accreditation requirements. Discussions between the Faculty of Music and health-and-safety experts are ongoing in order to permit aspects of Clinical Improvisation courses to return to limited in-person instruction.

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 maybe completed online or delayed and completed once students are on campus. The decision to offer Chemistry labs online during winter term or face-to-face during a later term will be made by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as will decisions regarding which students have access to each option.
    • CH110: Fundamentals of Chemistry I
    • CH111: Fundamentals of Chemistry II
    • CH203: Organic Chemistry II: Structure and Functional Group Chemistry
    • CH226: Inorganic Chemistry II
    • CH250: Introductory Biochemistry
    • CH262: Analytical Chemistry II
    • CH301: Organic Chemistry III: Synthetic Methods
    • CH357: Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry
    • PS363: Research in Behavioural Neuroscience
  • 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:
    • BI476: Microbial Disease
    • BI495: Directed Studies
    • BI499: Thesis
    • CH452: Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
    • CH490: Honours Thesis Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • CH495: Directed Studies
    • KP490: Thesis
    • PS487: Psychological Measurement and Testing
    • PS499: Thesis

Faculty of Social Work

  • All undergraduate courses in the Bachelor of Social Work program will be delivered remotely for winter 2021.
  • 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 Winter 2021 by Faculty

The following information outlines the instructional plans for each graduate program at Laurier for the winter 2021 term, organized by faculty or school. The majority of instruction for winter 2021 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:

  • Courses that must be offered in order for students to meet graduation requirements;
  • 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 winter 2021.

Faculty of Education

  • All courses in the Master of Education (Waterloo and Milton) will be delivered remotely in winter 2021.

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

  • All courses in the Master of Arts in Criminology will be delivered remotely in winter 2021.
  • 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 winter 2021:
    • Master of Business Administration (Waterloo)
    • Master of Arts in Business Economics (MABE)
    • MSc in Management (Waterloo)
    • PhD in Management (Waterloo)
  • Some courses and curricular elements of the following executive-style cohort based programs will be delivered remotely during the period of provincial shutdown and/or regional lockdown, but may be delivered in-person as conditions permit (further information will be communicated on the website):
    • MSc in Management of Innovation and Technology (formerly EMTM - Waterloo)
    • Master of Finance (Toronto)
    • Master of Finance (Waterloo)
    • Master of Business Administration (Toronto)
    • MSc in Management Analytics (Waterloo)

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 winter 2021.

Martin Luther University College

  • All coursework and other curricular elements in all graduate programs will be delivered remotely in winter 2021.
  • Students who require TH562A: Supervised Pastoral Education to fulfil program requirements may be able to complete this placement in-person.
  • Students enrolled in TH664M Practicum (Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy) 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 winter 2021.
  • All courses and other curricular elements in the Master of Music Therapy program will be delivered remotely, with the exception of the clinical placement, improvisational, and experiential courses. Health and safety requirements for students will be managed in partnership with placement sites (e.g., hospital settings) and the faculty will be consulting with student and health-and-safety experts through the Fall semester to prioritize the limited in-person instruction that may be necessary to achieve critical learning outcomes in clinical improvisation.

School of International Policy and Governance

  • All courses in the Master of International Public Policy will be delivered remotely in winter 2021.
  • All courses and other curricular elements in the PhD in Global Governance (joint with UW) will be delivered remotely in winter 2021.

Faculty of Science

  • All coursework in graduate programs will be delivered remotely or online in winter 2021.
  • Select graduate-level research-based and laboratory courses will be offered in person, including:
    • 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 winter 2021.
  • MSW students (Regular and Advanced Standing programs) enrolled in SK541: Foundational Field Education, SK649: Advanced Field Education, and SK600 Field Education may be able to complete their placements in-person if agencies are open and safety requirements are met.
  • Additional information about plans for the Master of Social Work.