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Why choose Laurier Brantford?



Class sizes*


We are Wilfrid Laurier University

We are an integral part of Wilfrid Laurier University, which has a reputation for academic excellence. You’ll find that Laurier Brantford has a unique spirit that inspires its students and faculty. We are a small, community campus offering an unparalleled student experience, both inside and outside of the classroom.

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A smaller campus

We are dynamic

With approximately 2,500 students in September 2010, our size allows us to develop a strong sense of community, and our students find it easy to build relationships with faculty members. You’ll often find professors discussing issues with students after class, and our students are always welcome to stop in and talk to the dean or any of our staff.

Laurier Brantford celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2009, which means our campus has all the benefits of a new campus. Most importantly for students, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, create new clubs and traditions and organize events. Students have the opportunity to create their own experience here and leave their mark.

Experiential Learning

Most people learn by doing, and at Laurier Brantford you’ll have a number of opportunities to apply what you’re learning in the real world. Community Service Learning, practicum and volunteer opportunities will get you out of the lecture hall and into organizations where you can get involved in learning through experience.


Exciting partnerships

With more students combining a degree and diploma, Laurier Brantford’s agreements with Mohawk College and Conestoga College offer the best of both worlds. And our partnership with Nipissing University allows students who have their sights set on a career in teaching to earn a BA and a BEd, all right here in Brantford.

Table of Contents City of Brantford




Campus life




Environment and Society Option




Health Administration


Indigenous Studies Option


Admission requirements


Health Studies


International Development Option




Management Option


Human Rights & Human Diversity


Media Studies Option




Public Relations Option


Law and Society


Come for a visit






Youth and Children’s Studies


Admission information


Student Finances


Experience and opportunity 15 Degree Programs Contemporary Studies


Concurrent Education and the Children’s Education & Development Option


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Laurier Brantford is a smaller campus with a strong sense of community

Ben Christiaans, fourth-year Concurrent Education student in front of the second Community Art Project, Grand River Hall.

City of Brantford


he City of Brantford has all the charm of a small town, with all the amenities that come with a larger city. Approximately 95,000 people call Brantford home, but more importantly, it is truly a postsecondary city. Along with Laurier Brantford, both Nipissing University and Mohawk College have campuses in the downtown core, which together have an enrolment of over 3,000 students. So in addition to your classmates, there are a number of other students in the area, and where there are students, there are things for them to do.

Downtown Brantford is home to a number of coffee shops, eateries and places for students to have a good time. One of the largest draws is Harmony Square that has a number of patios on which to spend warm fall evenings, and the summer splash pad converts

Brantford has to offer. Everything is accessible by Brantford Transit, and as a full-time student, a universal bus pass (U-Pass) is included in your fees.

Best in Brantford • Best place to have a coffee: Williams Fresh Cafe • Best restaurant on a budget: Strodes Deli Express • Best wings: Wingmaster • Best patio: The Piston Broke in Harmony Square • Best area for shopping: Lynden Park Mall • Best live music: Oxford Circus • Best pizza: Maples • Best burger: Admirals • Best sandwich/wrap: Warmington’s Bistro • Best sports bar: Moose Winooski’s • Best fries: Lonnie’s on Market • Best dessert: Dairee Delite • Best breakfast: Angel’s Diner

to a skating rink in the winter. Bring your skates for a chance to get away from studying with an evening skate. Harmony Square is also home to a number of events organized by the city of Brantford including movie nights, chili cook-offs, and theme events, including your Orientation Week. Brantford is also home to the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, originally built as a vaudeville theatre in 1919. After undergoing $6 million in renovations in the late 1980s, it has been the venue of a number of concerts featuring bands such as Chantal Kreviazuk and Blue Rodeo, and a number of plays including The Nutcracker and The Peking Acrobats. Perhaps the greatest feature of the city is the extensive trail and park space available. The Grand River provides a picturesque backdrop for trails for walking, jogging or bike rides. And Victoria Park, across from the Carnegie Building, is just one of the many green areas on campus where students can relax, get outside and enjoy what

Everyone is so nice here and it is very easy to talk to your professors and other students.

When Ding Marial arrived at Laurier Brantford, he took full advantage of the opportunities offered on a small campus. Marial quickly got to know many of the staff members across the university and regularly stopped in for visits. “Everyone is so nice here and it is very easy to talk to your professors and other students,” he says. It was the availability of both the Criminology and Human Rights & Human Diversity programs that attracted Marial to Laurier Brantford in the first place. A competitive runner, he also enjoys the trails in the Brantford area, and recently joined many of the staff and faculty (including the vice-president) in an annual 5K race for charity. Marial graduated in 2010 with a degree in Criminology and Human Rights & Human Diversity. | 3

Campus life


aurier Brantford offers more than a great academic environment. If you are looking to get involved, there are clubs, committees and groups on campus that need motivated students to take on leadership roles. Whether it is Orientation Week or intramural hockey, Laurier Brantford students find it easy to get involved.

Transition to university

University can, and will, be a time of transition for you. And it is a transition that with a little planning and preparation can be a smooth one for you. Laurier Brantford recognizes the differences, and has a number of programs to help you start your university career off on the right foot.

Headstart Headstart is a half-day program designed to make the transition to university life easier for incoming students and their parents or guardians. It’s an introduction to life and learning at Laurier Brantford. For students, it’s an opportunity to learn about:

• their program and the courses they should take • academic expectations • the differences between high school and university • campus services and resources that can help them make a success of university.

Students will be able to take part in sessions and chat with senior students, faculty and staff about studying on campus. They’ll also be able to get their student identification card, the OneCard. Parents will participate in a special parent transition program that provides an overview of what their students will be experiencing as a university student

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and how they can support their students, and answers the questions parents have about residence life, orientation week, financial aid, etc. Other activities include tours of the campus, some of our residence buildings, and an information fair offering answers to all your questions about our campus.

University 101/102 For those students who want to experience a university classroom before September or want to continue to develop their academic skills, Laurier’s Learning Services department offers two preparatory courses for students in the summer. University 101 focuses on academic skills, while University 102 will enhance writing and research skills though lectures, workshops and assignments. More information is available from the Learning Services website at Orientation Week Your first experience on campus doesn’t have to be the nervous walk to class, not knowing where you are going, or what to expect when you get there. Orientation Week is a fun way to begin your university career, and begins on residence move-in day, Labour Day Monday. After moving into your new home, or finding your way to campus, Orientation Week is full of activities to introduce you to campus, the city of Brantford and most importantly, your fellow first-year students. Organized by the WLU Students’ Union, you are supported throughout the week by your Ice Breakers, senior students who’ve been through Orientation Week who are your mentors for the week. Often, lasting friendships are formed during O-Week, which carry through the next four years.

WLU Students’ Union

The Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU) operates in the Student Centre. WLUSU acts as the representative voice for students and provides countless services and activities, and a comfortable space where students can spend time outside the classroom. With more than 200 volunteer positions available each year, WLUSU offers students the ability to get involved in committees such as Foot Patrol, a safe-walk service, events planning team and much more. Further information is available at brantford.

Services for our students

Laurier Brantford is recognized for the high quality of our student services. From health and counselling to accessible learning and career services, our staff is committed to helping you make the most of your university years. For more information, including a complete listing of student services, please visit

Campus recreation

Physical activity and a healthy lifestyle are important parts of university. Our Wilkes House Recreation Centre is home to intramural sports like basketball, volleyball, dodgeball and floorball, and instructional programs, including yoga, Pilates, aerobics and cyclefit classes. Students can also sign up for one-on-one personal training. Students who are serious about their athletics and interested in trying out for a Laurier varsity team are encouraged to do so. Please note that Brantford students who play on a varsity team in Waterloo need to organize their own transportation. To learn more, please contact Laurier Athletics in Waterloo by visiting

A great place to live, learn and play

Personal well-being

Illness can be an obstacle in a student’s year, and getting home to the family doctor isn’t always an option. Health Services offers services on campus, including flu shots, dressing changes, referrals, physicals, immunizations and lab services. Counselling and aboriginal student services are also available on campus, and provide an opportunity to speak to someone confidentially about things that may be affecting you academically or personally.

Writing and learning support services The expectations and teaching styles of your professors can require a big adjustment, and it may seem overwhelming at times. There will likely be larger classes, more papers and essays, and more independent work than you are used to. The Writing and Study Skills Resource Centre provides individual consultations and holds group workshops to help students develop their academic skills. Peer mentors are available by appointment to discuss papers in progress or review graded assignments and can help you identify areas that need improvement. Our staff can also help you develop effective strategies for time management, note taking, reading and exam preparation.

Accessible Learning

The Accessible Learning office at Laurier Brantford provides a variety of supports for students with identified disabilities (e.g. learning disability/ADHD; mobility, hearing or visual impairment; medical, physical, psychological/psychiatric disability). Available supports include accommodations for exams and classes,

training on technology and learning strategies, and note taking support for lectures. For more information or to register with the office, please visit Please note that it is important to contact the office early in the admissions process so your needs can be best accommodated.

Peer Connect

The Peer Connect program helps to involve students in campus life and activities, and enables them to be informed and engaged citizens of their campus and community. The Peer Mentor team is comprised of student leaders who promote campus-wide diversity initiatives, facilitate leadership skill development programs, and staff the Peer Connect Desk in the Student Centre. Students can find the answers and resources they need to get the most out of their university experience.

Co-Curricular Record

Established in 2005, the Laurier Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an institutionally-recognized listing of a student’s extracurricular activities at Laurier Brantford. The CCR details the dates of participation, the position and duties, and any identified learning outcomes. Copies can be printed at any time and are a great resource when seeking employment or applying for postgraduate education.


The Laurier Library, at the Brantford Public Library, is a destination for students to study quietly, work with others in a bookable group study room, use computers and find print and electronic information. You can get help from Public Library staff or contact the Laurier Brantford Librarian via email, or consultations for individuals or small

groups. To get started, bookmark the Library site While you are there, register your Laurier OneCard to access online resources from off-campus, borrow materials, and request items from other libraries.

A safe campus

The safety and security of all members of the Laurier Brantford community is important. Many people and departments work collaboratively to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. Laurier’s Special Constable Service conducts foot, car and bike patrols of the campus throughout the day and night. Students are also encouraged to use Foot Patrol, a safewalk service provided by volunteers in the Students’ Union. It is a free call from any pay phone on campus to both Foot Patrol and the Laurier Special Constable Service. Laurier Brantford also offers a Safe Place program modelled on the Block Parent Program, with more than a dozen businesses in the downtown participating. Members of the Laurier Brantford community can access these businesses in emergency situations, and the Special Constable Service and the required authorities will be notified. Laurier Brantford also has an established Security Advisory Council comprised of students, staff, faculty and members of the Brantford Police Service to provide a forum for discussion and assist in the implementation of initiatives to address any concerns. | 5

The residences at Laurier Brantford are among the best apartment style accommodations in the country

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A place to call home


ike most students thinking about university, you’re probably excited by the thought of living in residence and being on your own. You may be anxious about where you’ll be living, who you’ll be living with and whether you’ll be able to make friends. Our residence life staff will provide you with an environment to help you transition to university life and living away from home.

operated by the Students’ Union. Our largest building, Grand River Hall, was our first residence building on campus. It features some of the most spacious living spaces on campus, plenty of storage and large windows in every room. This building is a multi-use building, as residents have only a short elevator ride downstairs to the Dean’s Office, Residential Services and several classrooms. Centrally located on the corner of the Heritage Block, Post House Residence (the city’s post office back in the 1880s) now features apartments with single Home away from home bedrooms, a community lounge and a All of our residence buildings are new basement study space. A short walk to construction or have been renovated the other side of the Heritage Block brings within the last eight years, and are you to Wilkes House, one of our newest maintained and updated every year. They residence buildings, which is not only are all apartment-style, with each suite close to class, but also right next door offering comfortable living rooms, shared to the Recreation Centre. First occupied bathrooms, spacious bedrooms and full in 2008, Lucy Marco Place offers four kitchen facilities. But don’t worry; if you’re bedroom apartments on the west end not a seasoned chef, you can grab a snack of the campus, steps from class and or a homemade, reasonably priced meal Harmony Square. We also have residence at the Williams Fresh Café, owned and facilities that are leased by the university, including 124 Nelson, Imperial Hall, Residence is guaranteed for all undergraduate Lawyer’s Hall and the Rizzo students entering first-year studies at Laurier building, all of which mirror the high standards of our own for the first time, provided you submit your residences. application and deposit by the posted deadline. In all of our buildings, students are provided with

cable television connections in the living room and wireless high-speed Internet. Students can also access basic cleaning supplies and laundry facilities in each building. As our enrolment continues to grow, we will be adding more residence space nearby. Check our website for updates at residence.

Residence life

Laurier Brantford offers a full residence life program complete with Brantford Residence Council (BRC), Residence Athletic Council (RAC) and residence life staff. BRC is a great way to get involved in your first year and can help develop your leadership skills. RAC hosts a variety of events for the entire residence population, focusing on the health and wellness of students. The residence life staff includes dons, who are senior students living in each residence community. They are available as a first point of contact for student residents who need assistance, and can answer your questions or direct you to the right person on campus for any issues. The dons also ensure a safe, fun community environment for all residents through academic and social programming.

Example: Residence apartment with three bedrooms

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We are a leader in undergraduate programming for today’s students

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Admission requirements







HL or SL English

Mid 70s IB minimum score: 28

Health Administration


HL or SL English

Mid 70s IB minimum score: 28

Health Studies


HL or SL English

Mid 70s IB minimum score: 28

English at 75%

HL or SL English

Mid 70s

(see bottom of page for option codes)

Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree

Contemporary Studies, Criminology, English, History (in combination only), Human Rights & Human Diversity, Law and Society, Leadership OPTIONS: Children’s Education & Development, Environment & Society, Indigenous Studies, International Development, Management, Media Studies, Public Relations

OPTIONS: Children’s Education and Development, Environment and Society, Indigenous Studies, International Development, Media Studies, Public Relations Journalism OPTIONS: Children’s Education and Development, Environment and Society, Indigenous Studies, International Development, Management, Media Studies Psychology (Available only as a combination program)

IB minimum score: 28

OPTIONS: Children’s Education and Development, Environment and Society, Indigenous Studies, International Development, Management, Media Studies, Public Relations

English; one of 3M Functions, 3U Functions & Relations or any 4U math

HL or SL English and HL or SL Mathematics

Mid 70s IB minimum score: 28

Youth and Children’s Studies


HL or SL English

Mid 70s

OPTIONS: Environment and Society, Indigenous Studies, International Development, Management, Media Studies, Public Relations Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education Degree

BA/Ed - Primary/Junior OR Junior/Intermediate

IB minimum score: 28 ENG4U at 70%; one 4U Mathematics

HL or SL English and HL or SL Mathematics

Low 80s

HL or SL English and HL or SL Mathematics HL or SL French

Low 80s

NOTE: Prerequisite courses calculated in Admission Average

BA (with French)/BEd - Primary/Junior OR Junior/Intermediate

ENG4U at 70%; one 4U Mathematics; FSF4U NOTE: Prerequisite courses calculated in Admission Average

IB Minimum score: 30

IB minimum score: 30

Note: All other required courses must be at a minimum of 60%, except where indicated. IB requirements must be at 4 unless otherwise noted.

Deadlines Ontario applicants (101)

January 12, 2011

Out of province and international applicants (105)

May 1, 2011

Offer acceptance due

June 2, 2011

Residence applications due

June 2, 2011

How does Laurier Brantford calculate my grades? Laurier Brantford considers your top six 4U or M level courses for admission. If you have retaken a course to upgrade a mark, Laurier Brantford will consider your highest mark. For all programs, with the exception of our Concurrent Education programs, we will look at your top six marks, regardless of whether or not your prerequisites are included in that average. For the Concurrent Education programs, prerequisite courses are included in the admission average, regardless of whether or not they are part of your top six courses.

What is the Applicant Background Summary (ABS) form? Should you fall within three per cent below the cut-off, this form is designed to provide you with an opportunity to present extracurricular information that will be presented to the appropriate admissions committee. The ABS form is mailed to all Ontario High School applicants. Submission of this form is optional, but we do recommend that you fill it out. It is due on April 15, 2011. Please note: If you have applied to multiple programs at Laurier, the ABS form will be considered for your top ranked program ONLY. International Baccalaureate Applicants who have successfully completed the IB Diploma will be considered for admission upon presenting passes in at least six subjects, of which three must be at the higher level. The minimum total score requirement is 28. Some programs are more competitive and may require a higher minimum overall score. Laurier will accept IB predicted grades

for early admission consideration. Advanced standing is considered for up to a maximum of 3.0 credits for applicants who have completed the IB Diploma and who present a minimum of three subjects at the higher level with a minimum score of 5 in each course. Applicants completing individual IB courses in conjunction with another educational system will be assessed on the basis of their entire academic record. Advanced Placement Courses Laurier welcomes students with AP courses. Transfer credit will be awarded on a case-by-case basis for AP exams successfully completed with a minimum grade of 4, up to a maximum of 3.0 credits. Applicants are required to provide detailed course descriptions. | 9

Admission information for non-high school applicants

All applicants must apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). Any applicant not coming directly from an Ontario High School should complete the 105 application at www.ouac.


Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, and the equal consideration deadline is May 1, 2011 for transfer, out of province and international applicants.

Mature students

Applicants without the necessary prerequisites for admission may be admitted to Laurier Brantford as part-time students to start. Part-time application forms and registration information are available from Laurier Brantford’s website at

Part-time studies

Students interested in studying on a part-time basis (three courses or less per semester) can find more information about application and registration information online at

Transfer students

Students with prior post-secondary

education may apply to Laurier Brantford through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre online at www. ouac. Students who have completed university or college courses elsewhere may be granted advanced standing. Graduates of an Ontario college should review our transfer credit agreements for more information about advanced standing at

Opportunities for college graduates Laurier Brantford is dedicated to providing opportunities for college graduates to add a degree to their diploma, and we recognize the desire to complete this degree in a shorter period of time. Or, for students who are undecided about whether they would rather complete a hands-on college program or a more theoretical university program, we have established partnerships to help meet these educational goals.

Advanced Summer Acceleration Program (ASAP)

Laurier Brantford is dedicated to providing opportunities for college graduates to continue their education and work towards achieving a Bachelors degree. The latest option for degree completion, the Advanced Summer Acceleration Program (ASAP)

How do I apply to Laurier Brantford?

I visited my academic advisor multiple times to ensure that I was on the proper track in regards to my major. After graduating from the police foundations program at Mohawk College, Chris Richardson knew he was going to be a police officer and was trying to determine the next steps towards achieving his goal. Chris was initially attracted to Laurier Brantford because of the articulation agreement, which would allow him to finish his Honours degree in only three years. But it was after he did some research into the campus and the Criminology program that he knew Laurier Brantford was the obvious choice. While at Laurier, he made use of the services available to him, which he says helped him land a career in policing. “I visited my academic advisor multiple times to ensure that I was on the proper track in regards to my major as well as took advantage of the Career Centre for assistance with my resume and interviewing skills,” he recalls. “Those relationships were beneficial when it came to finding a job after graduation.”

Richardson graduated in June 2010, and was immediately hired as a member of the Halton Regional Service. 10 |Police

combines an enhanced transfer credit agreement with a shortened period of study, in most cases allowing students to complete an Honours degree in just two years. Graduates from two-year diploma programs receive up to six transfer credits, equivalent to just over one year of study, and leaving students with almost three years of study left to complete their degree. The ASAP allows students to start their degree one semester earlier in the summer, and with continuous study, complete a four-year Honours degree in only two calendar years. For more information, please visit the ASAP website at

Home-schooled admissions

Laurier Brantford welcomes applications from home-schooled students. Further details about home-schooling admissions can be found at

Native University Program

Laurier, along with four other universities, has a partnership with Six Nations Polytechnic to offer university courses in the community of Six Nations. The courses offered in the Native University Program are eligible for transfer credit at Laurier Brantford. Students should apply to the university as a transfer student.

Admission information

Disclosure of a disability

The decision to disclose a disability is yours alone; secondary schools do not forward their files to the post‑secondary sector. When disclosing, make sure all supporting/current documentation (e.g. psycho‑educational assessments, medical or psychiatric documents) are included, along with third‑party letters of support. In order for this information to be considered, it must be submitted to the Admissions Office by April 1, 2011. This material will be forwarded to the Accessible Learning Centre in confidence after admissions are complete. For further information on Accessible Learning, please go to accessible.

Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English are required to submit acceptable evidence of their English proficiency. Applicants who have studied in an English instructional educational system on a fulltime basis for a minimum of three years, and who have acceptable grades in English and other humanities/social sciences may not be required to submit a test score. Please visit for further information. For more information about international applications, please visit Laurier’s Education Partners Laurier will accept successful completion of the following English Language Certificate Programs as proof of language proficiency for admission to undergraduate programs:

Renison College English for Academic Success Program

University of Guelph English Language Certificate Program

Conestoga College English Language Studies Program

For more information about international applications, please visit

Language Test Minimum score TOEFL

Paper test – 560

Computer test – 220

Internet-based test – overall score of 83 with a minimum of 20 in each component*






70, with no part below 60

Pearson Test of 59* Language Proficiency

Laurier English & Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

Laurier has started its own Englishas-a-Second-Language (ESL) program. Academically qualified students who do not meet Laurier’s English proficiency requirements would receive a conditional offer of admission pending completion of the five-level program. The program schedule allows for five 10-week cycles throughout the calendar year. Upon arrival, students will be given a placement test to determine which of the five levels is best suited for them. Our courses focus on academic English and are designed to prepare students for success in university. For more information please contact Breanna Brooks at

Admissions province-to-province BRITISH COLUMBIA/YUKON Requirements: Four academic courses, including English, at Grade 12 level. For BC students, academic courses do not have to be provincially examinable courses and students will not be required to write provincial exams. However, for subjects where the provincial examination is mandatory for graduation purposes, the final course mark (based on both classroom work and exam) must meet final admission requirements. ALBERTA/NWT/NUNAVUT Requirements: Five academic courses, including English 30; prerequisite courses must be numbered 30 or 31. Courses must be worth five credits each.

Two three-credit academic courses may be combined to equal one five-credit course. SASKATCHEWAN Requirements: Six academic courses, including English, at Grade 12 level; prerequisite courses must be numbered 30. MANITOBA Requirements: Five academic courses, including English 40S. ONTARIO Requirements: Six academic courses, 4U or 4M (U/C), with a minimum of 60% in 4U English, eligible to receive OSSD. QUEBEC CEGEP Requirements: One year (12 academic semester courses) in a university preparatory program in a CEGEP; candidates completing one year of CEGEP may be considered for admission into first year; candidates completing two years of CEGEP may be considered for transfer into second year. Grade 12 Requirements: Six courses, including English, at Grade 12 level. NEW BRUNSWICK Requirements: Six academic courses, including English, at Grade 12 level. NOVA SCOTIA Requirements: Five academic courses, including English, at Grade 12 level; prerequisite courses must be numbered at 12 or Advanced 12. PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND Requirements: Five academic courses, including English, at Grade 12 level; prerequisite courses must be numbered 611/621. NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR Requirements: Six two-credit academic courses, including English; prerequisite courses must be at Level 3.

Please contact the Admissions Office for alternate options if a prerequisite course is not available in your province. Because of changes occurring in many provincial curriculums, applicants from outside Ontario should contact the Laurier Admissions Office for the most current admission requirements. | 11

Maclean’s ranked Laurier fourth for the percentage of operating revenue devoted to scholarships and bursaries Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities, 2009. * In the primarily undergraduate category

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Financing your education


uition, books, supplies, accommodation, food — there’s no way around it: four or more years of university can cost a lot of money. But a recent study found that the average income of those with a university degree is about 80 percent higher than those with just a high school diploma. So as an investment in your career and earning potential, it really is money well spent.

Students coming from high school are eligible for both entrance bursaries and entrance scholarships.

Entrance bursaries are based on financial need, and all applicants will receive an application. In 2009, the average student received over $1,800 from this application. More information about these bursaries are available online at More information about entrance scholarships can be found on the chart (on this page).


A scholarship is usually a monetary award based on outstanding academic achievement. Some specific awards may also consider financial need, community involvement or other factors. In addition to Laurier scholarships and awards, the university has 34 scholarships specifically reserved for Laurier Brantford students. You’ll find a full listing on our Student Awards Database, student_awards_search/. You can also find information on all of our financial aid services on our Financial Assistance website, financialassistance.


A bursary is a monetary award based on financial need and satisfactory academic achievement. Laurier entrance bursaries are available to applicants who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents entering full-time Year 1 programs at Laurier with no previous attendance at another post-secondary educational institution (college or university). Applications are automatically sent to students in a package of information mailed from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A number of independent bursaries are reserved for Brantford students. Applicants will be automatically assessed for our independent bursaries when they apply for bursary assistance.

OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) OSAP is available for eligible students to receive an integrated loan funded by the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada. OSAP’s objective is to help students meet the costs of post-secondary education, including tuition, books, supplies and basic living expenses. OSAP is not intended to supply all of the funding to meet these costs. Its purpose is to supplement, not to replace, the financial resources that you and your family are expected to contribute. To be considered for OSAP ( ) funding, students must apply online each year by July 1st. For more information please visit the OSAP website, http://osap.

Jobs on campus

Want to work while you go to school? A part-time job gives you extra money and provides added experience employers are looking for. In the past our students have found part-time work on campus as: • • • • • • •

Bookstore attendants Research assistants Office assistants Residence dons Recruitment assistants Tutors Hawk Desk attendant (Wilkes House)

Students with financial need may also apply to participate in the Ontario Work Study Plan, which provides for additional employment positions on campus. Make sure you apply to OSAP to ensure you are eligible to proceed with an application.

Jobs off campus

The Brantford community has also been very supportive of our students, many of whom have found jobs with businesses surrounding the campus. Laurier Brantford’s Career Development Centre is an excellent resource for off-campus job postings, resume and interview assistance and information about career opportunities.

University Costs Academic Costs Tuition


Incidental Fees




Academic Subtotal


Other Costs


2011-2012 High School Entrance Scholarships**

Arts – Brantford

95.0–100% - $20,000*

90.0–94.9% - $2,000

85.0–89.9% - $1,000 80.0–84.9% - $750

BA/BEd Brantford

95.0–100% - $20,000*

90.0–94.9% - $2,000

85.0–89.9% - $1,000

*INCL. PRESIDENT’S CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP - Awarded to the applicants with mid-term or final average entering grades of 95 percent and over. $3,000, first year. Potentially renewable at $5,000 in each of your senior years to a total value of $18,000. Also includes Entrance Scholarship of $2,000 in first year.

Residence (single)










Total (Including academic costs)


* For academic year 2010-2011. Guide is estimate only. Refer to undergraduate academic calendar at for details. Fees subject to increase for 2011-2012.

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Liberal arts programs are recognized as an excellent way to prepare students for their future

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Experience now, opportunities in the future


aurier Brantford is quickly establishing itself as a leader in Integrated Learning, bringing together academic and extra-curricular learning. Through a mix of Community Service-Learning, placement, practicum and volunteer opportunities, students are able to experience practical applications of their course work in a classroom setting. These experiences not only provide for hands-on training in the workplace, but allow students to develop a strong resume and experience background for future employment. Combine that with our strong academic programs, which are designed to promote a broader understanding of current issues and focuses on building skills such as communication, both oral and written; critical analysis, where students look at the positives and negatives of situations; and cultural awareness, which is essential in our global world and international communities. Embedded in all of our programs are Contemporary Studies courses, so you will benefit from its strengths no matter what you study. Our new economy is creating an increasing demand for these core skills, as careers are constantly changing and evolving. Liberal arts programs have been

increasingly recognized as an excellent way to prepare students for their future. Organizations welcome employees who have the ability to analyze, problem solve, write effectively and persuasively, understand an issue’s historical significance and nuances, and who have the potential to foster growth in themselves and others.

Community Service-Learning

Laurier Brantford includes community service-learning in a number of academic programs. These placements with community organizations help students to connect classroom learning to real-life experience, further developing an individual’s values, social responsibility and leadership. Last year, almost 400 students took part in the program, participating in organizations such as schools, recreation centres, community development offices and homelessness awareness organizations.

Our grads in the work world

The diverse nature of Contemporary Studies, coupled with our career-based programs, leads our graduates into a wide range of careers. Laurier Brantford graduates have found employment as: • Police Officer, OPP • Law Clerk, Law Firm • Border Services Officer, Canada Border Services • Analyst, Consulting Company

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Property Clerk, Law Firm Human Resources Coordinator, Private Sector Media Planner, Private Sector Youth Worker Public Relations Specialist Event Coordinator Program Coordinator, Community Living Agency Educational Museum Co-ordinator Passport Officer, Passport Canada Volunteer Coordinator, Non-profit agency Case Manager, Non-profit agency Immigration Officer, Citizenship and Immigration Canada • Day Treatment Case Manager, Non-profit agency • Case Manager Assistant, Community Care Access Centre • Child Protection Worker, Children’s Aid Society

Further studies

Many of our students continue their academic careers with professional or graduate school. Our graduates have gone to law school, teacher’s college and chiropractic college; post-graduate college programs in human resources, public relations, international project management and homeopathic medicine; and graduate work in fields such as business, criminology, communication and culture, education, social work, geography, psychology, globalization, political science, religion and culture, labour studies and social justice.

I believe that community service learning (CSL) is important for students to apply what they are learning in the classroom and make valuable connections with the real working world.” Alisha Haugh, student, PS379 (Psychology of Exceptional Children, Youth and Adults) course in Winter 2010.

“ Many students acquire new appreciation for their own background and its advantages. CSL is transformative and profoundly enriching. Dr. Catherine Stewart, Assistant Professor, Criminology | 15

Our innovative programs are designed to educate students for a world in which change is the only constant

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Contemporary Studies Career examples • Advisor on at risk species, Ministry of Natural Resources • Environmental Officer, Grand Erie District School Board • Financial Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier University


ontemporary Studies provides students with an understanding of the issues, opportunities and problems of the 21st century, and the skills to address them. We feel so strongly about the value of the program that we’ve embedded Contemporary Studies courses into each of our programs.

off in all directions. As students make their way through the corridors, they will acquire the skills – writing, presentation and critical thinking skills – that employers value today. Students will also be encouraged to become engaged and informed citizens by having a full understanding of current issues affecting our world and the ability to develop more holistic plans to address them. CT began offering Problem Based Learning or PBL classes, on a variety of themes, with 10 students and two professors. PBL encourages students toplay a larger role in determining their learning goals and in the structure of the class. The philosophy of Contemporary Studies is summed up in our motto; “conneCT… refleCT… and aCT!”

Honours BA

4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education & Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The World in the 21st Century Criminology and Contemporary Issues Disease and Society Science and Its Critics Navigating the Information Environment Organizational Leadership The Individual in the Community Encounters with the Global Children, Toys and Media Understanding Popular Culture Food Community Internship The City in Contemporary Life

Have you ever thought about the impact of technology like iPods and BlackBerrys on our lives? Are you concerned about the impact of climate change on future generations? Are you intrigued by the incredible resilience of human beings in the face of tremendous obstacles? These are all themes that run throughout the Contemporary Studies (CT) program. Our goal is to focus on significant contemporary issues, making students aware of their global scope and encouraging them to use various academic disciplines such as Media Studies and Psychology to understand all factors that impact a particular issue. Think of Contemporary Studies as a grand hall, with corridors heading

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The lecture was enlightening, innovative, interesting, and engaging and I was exposed to a new way of thinking.

Jeffrey Tamusuza feels that his decision to attend Laurier Brantford and complete his degree in Contemporary Studies was one of his best decisions, and one that has helped him immensely in his further education. Undecided in which program to study, Tamusuza attended an open house at Laurier Brantford, and sat in on a Contemporary Studies lecture. “The lecture was enlightening, innovative, interesting, and engaging and I was exposed to a new way of thinking,” he says. “The Contemporary Studies lecture demonstrated 21st century learning, which involved broad analysis and critical thinking, which are indispensable skills.” During his time at Laurier Brantford, Tamusuza took advantage of all the learning opportunities available to him, both in and out of the classroom, experiences that he feels motivated him to further develop critical thinking skills and leadership competency. “A great deal of learning takes place when a group of students gather even in an informal setting such as a campus club,” he said. “Ideas are exchanged and discussed and most importantly, students are united with others who have the same interests.” Tamusuza, who graduated from Laurier Brantford in 2007, just completed his Master of Social Work from Valdosta State University in Georgia. www. | | 17 17

Concurrent Education & the CED Option


here are two types of education programs available in the Ontario university system. In a consecutive program, students first complete an undergraduate degree (typically a BA or BSc) and then continue on to a one-year Bachelor of Education program. Concurrent programs allow students to complete a BA and BEd degree at the same time, by mixing their arts and education courses.

Laurier Brantford offers programs for students interested in either route. Our Children’s Education & Development Option includes courses with a focus on children and education, and is taken with a BA before pursuing a consecutive program after graduation. The LaurierNipissing Concurrent Education program

allows students to enter an education program directly and complete their BA and BEd in five years. Both programs are combined with Laurier Brantford’s Contemporary Studies program, and can be combined with other majors or minors. With its focus on breadth of discipline, skills development

and current issues, our Contemporary Studies program is perfect preparation for a future in teaching. Our new Youth and Children’s Studies program (see page 25) may also be of interest to those looking for a career working with children in or out of the classroom.

Children’s Education & Development (CED) Option The CED Option provides a selection of courses that focus on children’s issues, with particular emphasis on development and education. The program is a strong first step in preparing students for any career focusing on children, including teaching or other forms of education such as museum programs, coaching and children’s advocacy. All students in the program participate in a service-learning

primary/junior level, Laurier Brantford has an agreement with Nipissing University. Graduates of the CED Option who meet the admissions requirements, including a 75% overall average, will be considered for one of 15 reserved spaces in the Nipissing (North Bay) consecutive Bachelor of Education program upon graduation.

course, where students are placed in a school classroom and have the opportunity to work with the teacher and interact with the children. This experience not only helps students to apply the knowledge they’ve acquired in the university classroom, but also provides them with valuable experience for applications to further education or employment. For those interested in teaching at the

I felt it was a great program where there was opportunity to be in classrooms and experience different grade levels.

When Sarah Baker came for a tour of the Laurier Brantford campus, she knew it was the place for her. Her first impression of the small campus was one of a community, and she felt at home right away.

“Laurier Brantford was my school of choice because I really loved the size of it,” she said. “I love the smaller classes and when I went on a tour everyone seemed to know each other.” Baker is in her fourth year of the Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education program, in the Junior/Intermediate division, working towards teachables in English and Social Sciences. The diversity in practice teaching opportunities was something that not all programs offered her. “I chose Concurrent Education because I felt it was a great program with opportunity to be in classrooms and experience different grade levels,” recalls Baker. Outside of the classroom, she is involved in Residence Life as a Don. This fall, she’ll be completing a practicum as a programming assistant in residential services. 18 18 | |

Sarah Baker

Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education Our concurrent program combines Laurier’s strengths in the liberal arts and sciences with Nipissing’s long history of providing exceptional teacher education. Graduates receive an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Studies from Laurier and a Bachelor of Education from the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University in five years. The program is offered entirely in Brantford, and includes education courses that lead to teaching qualifications in either the Primary/Junior division (Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6) or Junior/ Intermediate division (Grades 4 through 10). Teachable subjects offered at Laurier

Brantford include English, geography, history, mathematics, religious studies and French. Students who wish to add the Senior division after graduation can also work towards a teachable in the social sciences. We believe strongly in experiential learning, and students will participate in over 20 weeks of practicum placements, one of the most extensive programs in Ontario. This practice teaching begins right in first year, and students spend one day a week in a school during each of their first three years, with an alternative placement in year four. In their final year, students will experience four-week block placements in a

classroom. Because students are developing teaching skills over a five-year period with consistent and substantial opportunities in a classroom setting, it allows for increased confidence and competence. Students also have the opportunity to apply to complete an overseas placement in countries such as Italy and Kenya, providing a life-changing and international experience. Students can gain credentials in additional divisions, including the senior division, by completing Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) courses that Nipissing’s Schulich School of Education offers in Brantford, allowing them to teach a third division or area of specialty.

Sample Program: BA (Honours Contemporary Studies, English minor); BEd (J/I division, teachable subject: English) Year 1

Year 2


The World in the 21st Century Reading Fiction Reading Poetry Regional Landscapes in Context Mathematics and Teaching I Mathematics and Teaching II 1.0 elective credit


Education and Schooling Curriculum Methods Practicum (Observation and Practice Teaching)


Contemporary Studies Methodologies Ancients and Moderns Applied Scientific Reasoning Children’s Literature 1.0 elective credit


Developmental Psychology for Educators Educational Psychology and Special Education Language Arts Curriculum Methods Practicum (Observation and Practice Teaching)

Year 3

Year 4


Human Rights The Individual in the Community Politics of Transgression and Desire Applied Democracy Women in Fiction Strategies and Analysis of Effective Writing 0.5 elective credits


Sociology of Education Language Arts Curriculum Methods Practicum (Observation and Practice Teaching)


Encounters with the Global Children’s Rights Media in the Global World Interdisciplinary in Practice Contemporary Moral Issues Religion and Popular Culture Canadian Fiction in English Teachable/ Elective in English 1.0 elective credits


Music Education Practicum (Observation and Practice Teaching) Math Education Social Studies

Year 5


History of International Relations Representation and Its Realities Grief, Death, and Dying Special Topics Youth Cultures 0.5 elective credits


Physical Education Visual Arts Science Education Practicum (Observation and Practice Teaching)

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Criminology Career examples • Substance abuse counsellor • Criminal investigator • Non-profit organization advocate • Lawyer • Law enforcement


riminology is the broad-based academic study of crime, criminals, victims and the law. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to crime and punishment, the program draws on sociology, psychology and law to examine what defines a crime, why people commit them and how society responds.

Laurier Brantford’s program is unique as it allows students to begin their study of criminology in their first year. Our criminology courses include lectures, case studies and seminars, with diverse assignments and visits from a cross-section of individuals and groups associated with various fields of criminology. Students also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities provided by the Criminology Student Association, a student-run group that

organizes events such as guest lectures, field trips and career fairs. Honours Criminology is taken with courses from the core curriculum of Contemporary Studies. This innovative program provides students with a well-rounded education, where they will develop solid critical thinking, communication and writing skills while gaining credentials that are significant to employers and necessary for advanced careers in criminology.

Degree programs Honours BA

4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education and Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • • • • • • • • •

Multiple Murder Gangsters, Goodfellas and Wiseguys Forensic Investigation Madness, Pollution and Crime Crime, Media and the Law Terrorism Youth Justice Victimology Outlaw Bikers

English Career examples • Teaching • International relations • Translation • Diplomacy • Tourism


he study of English is more than words and phrases in old books. A degree in English provides students with the chance to explore new and different ideas, travel to other countries, and learn about new cultures, all the while developing writing and comprehension skills.

English at Laurier Brantford offers a comprehensive introduction to all of the major periods, genres, and theoretical issues of literature, as well as contemporary culture. The practice in criticism, introduction to literary works from various periods and exposure to writing techniques allow students to develop exceptional analytical and writing abilities. In class, students examine and discuss literary texts, study their historical and cultural contexts, develop a critical vocabulary and understand current concepts in critical theory. The program can be completed in 20 |

combination with another honours program, which allows students to take complementary programs like Journalism or unique programs like Health Studies or Leadership. And with the core classes in Contemporary Studies, students will be exposed to other disciplines, and how literature and popular culture play roles in their everyday lives.

Degree programs Honours BA

4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education and Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • • • • • • • •

Children’s Literature Canadian Fiction in English Documentary Film Critical Theory of Mass Media Drama of the Romantic Period The Politics of Transgression and Desire American Literature of the Early 20th Century Shakespeare’s Tragedies and History Plays

Health Administration Career examples • Health-care consultant • Health-care administrator • Pharmaceutical representatives • Nursing home director


he health-care and social services industry is the second largest employment sector in Canada, currently providing more than 1.6 million jobs.

With our aging population, the need for retirement, nursing and assisted living accommodations is increasing. At the same time, overall demands on our health-care system are rising, which is creating a growing number of administrative and management opportunities for graduates with a background in health administration. Laurier Brantford’s Health Administration program offers students a unique blend of Health Studies, Leadership, Management and Contemporary Studies courses. The Health Studies courses will

give students an overview of the causes of health and illness, and an understanding of the Canadian health-care system. Through the Leadership and Management courses, students will gain an insight into managing the financial and staffing needs of health-care providers. Overall, the program is designed to give students a broad understanding of the diverse factors affecting the development and delivery of health-care, both domestically and internationally. The combination of skill and theory will allow students to develop a greater under-

standing of the systems currently in place, the changes the systems may undergo to meet the growing demand for services, and how to operate successfully within the health-care setting. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to assume integral roles in the growing and increasingly complex health-care sector in Canada. Degree programs Honours BA

4 years - 20 credits

Sample Courses • • • •

Canadian Health Care Systems Leadership, Organizational Culture and Change Functional Areas of Organization Multicultural Competence

Health Studies Career examples • Health and safety manager • Health-care administrator • Policy analyst • Pharmaceutical representatives • Health educator


eople in much of the world are living longer, healthier lives, but in some places infants struggle to make it past their first year of life.

Technological advances can prolong life, but aren’t available to everyone. We have health-care systems that offer treatments when we get sick, but why do we fall ill in the first place? And why do only some people use the health-care system when they are sick? Health Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health and health care. Students will learn that a person’s health is determined by far more than the availability of care, and that health care itself involves more than simply treating illness. Understanding health and health care in the contemporary world means understanding the

physical, social and environmental causes of illness, and managing the financial and human resources required to offer both preventative and curative care to those affected. Students in this program may choose to focus on one of three areas: Health Policy and Analysis, Aging and the Life Course, or Community Health & Health Care. Also, they may choose their courses more broadly, achieving a more comprehensive view of health. Through lectures, professional mentorship and on-site workshops, students will integrate academic learning with the observation of ongoing health-care activities.

Degree programs Honours BA

4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education and Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • • • •

Physical Determinants of Health Social Determinants of Health Canadian Health Care Systems Health and Nutrition | 21

History Career examples • Teacher • Diplomat • Marketing research analyst • Intelligence agent • Lawyer


he study of history introduces students to the people, events and ideas that have shaped our reality. More than we realize, the current challenges facing humanity, and the approach to these challenges, are grounded in historical events.

Many of our Contemporary Studies courses already provide a historical perspective on current issues and concerns, but taking a combination honours or minor in history will provide students further insight into the historical roots of these 21st-century issues. Areas of study in our History program at Laurier Brantford include modern and contemporary Europe, Britain, Germany, Canada and international

relations. Studies in history help develop exceptional writing, research and criticalthinking skills, as well as the ability to understand events and issues in their proper historical and cultural contexts. History defines the individuals, communities and nations that comprise the diverse global society in which we live. More than ever, we need to be connected to the past to understand our present and future.

Degree programs Honours BA (in combination)

4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education and Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • • • • • •

Problems in United States History German History 1890-1990 Topics in Military History History of International Relations 1890-1991 The First World War: The Military Fronts 20th Century Britain and its World Influence

Human Rights & Human Diversity Career examples • Lawyer • Social worker • Human resources specialist • Immigration Settlement Services • NGO co-ordinator


hat kind of place would the world be if human dignity was respected? One answer is that people would enjoy universal human rights and would be free to live according to their values and beliefs. Laurier Brantford’s Human Rights & Human Diversity (HRHD) program helps students understand that world: what it means in practice today and how students can participate in shaping it tomorrow. HRHD will equip students with an understanding of human rights—its origins, how those rights are protected and current issues—and human diversity, which focuses on how and why societies are diversifying and how diversity is being managed.

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HRHD and Laurier Brantford offer students lots of opportunities to put that learning into practice and prepare for an exciting career in community service learning, project management, international relations and journalism. This program should be of particular interest to students who enjoyed courses like World Issues, Canadian and International Law and World Politics.

Degree programs Honours BA 4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education and Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • Introduction to Human Rights • Crimes Against Humanity • Development Theories, Strategies and Issues • Multiculturalism • Human Rights and the Environment • Religion and Violence • Children’s Rights

Journalism Career examples • Author • Newspaper reporter • Communications officer • Producer • Social Media Consultant


aurier Brantford is home to a uniquely interdisciplinary journalism program. Students develop strong journalistic skills while also examining the ways in which their practice both reflects and challenges the society in which they live, work and play.

The interdisciplinary structure provides a greater flexibility and capacity to offer a diverse, engaging experience tailored to the individual student’s needs and interests. Students are given ample opportunity to research, report, write and produce for a variety of platforms, and are encouraged to build professional portfolios that will help them find employment within the journalism industry upon graduation. Critical analysis, sound judgment, information gathering and the art of storytelling are overarching objectives, ensuring

students receive grounding in highly transferable skills valuable to any professional pursuit. Honours Journalism students may choose to specialize in print, broadcast, public relations or emerging journalism and new media concentrations. With the latter three, students will complete a oneyear graduate certificate program from Conestoga College, typically in their third year. Upon graduation students in these concentrations earn both an honours degree and post-graduate college certificate in

four years. Those specializing in print will remain at Laurier Brantford and contribute to the local newspaper’s weekend broadsheet, Your Brant Connection. Degree programs Honours BA

4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education and Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • Reporting and Writing I & II • Public Journalism and Social Advocacy • Photojournalism: The Captured Image

Law and Society Career examples • Lawyer • Paralegal • Business owner • Social worker • Civil service worker


n a liberal democracy, laws are legitimate to the extent they allow individuals to flourish. But, since not all individuals flourish equally, we must ask questions about the nature of our legal system. Have you ever thought about how we arrived at the laws we have? What decisions were made, and who made them, to lead us to this point? Laurier Brantford’s Law and Society program examines the law from a variety of perspectives and angles. This interdisciplinary program will provide a better understanding of what the law says, what the law does, and the difference between the two. The program takes a practical approach, using real problems to better understand the system. For example, the Criminal Code makes it illegal to assault someone, which means it is a crime to apply force intentionally to someone without their permission. But does that

mean you must physically hurt someone to be viewed as a criminal? The law does not answer that question, so how do the courts decide if the crime of assault has to include harm? The program provides students with an understanding of both the law and legal processes that will be empowering in personal and professional situations. This program will provide excellent preparation for a career in law, but can also be applicable to areas which may intersect with law, such as social work or politics. Perhaps most importantly, it will provide a sophis-

ticated understanding of how our society actually works, so that individuals will be able to improve the world in which we live. Degree programs Honours BA

4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education and Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • An Introduction to Law and Society I: Are There Windows in Law Schools? • The Canadian Legal System • Jurisprudence | 23

Leadership Career examples • Human Resource Management • Management Analyst • Sales Operations Coordinator • Not-for-profit management • Business Development Advisor


he first undergraduate program of its kind in Canada, Laurier Brantford’s Leadership program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers and leadership roles in various types of organizations, including financial, education, government, insurance and social service agencies.

In addition to helping students develop an understanding of the theories and models of leadership, the program includes hands-on opportunities for leadership development. Students will develop skills in project planning, team building, communications, organizational analysis and strategic planning, as well as research skills linked to survey design, focus groups and statistical analysis. The program also includes a fourth year project management practicum where students apply project management techniques to a “live” organizational project. There are four concentrations available within the program, allowing students to focus their studies on one specific area of interest.

The Management Option is for students who want to supplement their leadership courses with an understanding of core business functions and skills. The International Development Option provides students with an understanding of the theory, issues and strategy in development. The third allows students to take Conestoga College’s online Human Resources Management Certificate program, typically in their third year. This program prepares students to write the National Knowledge Exam in HR, the first step towards the Canadian Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. The Public Relations Option provides a

unique opportunity to combine courses in leadership and business with journalism to develop a broad understanding of organizational life and the critical written and oral communication skills needed by those working in public relations. Degree programs Honours BA

4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education and Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • • • • • • •

Influence, Persuasion and Negotiation Power and Governance in Organizations Understanding International Organizations Teams in Organizations Ethics and Organizational Responsibility Organizational Strategy Public Speaking

Psychology Career examples • Social policy researcher • Child/youth worker • Psychologist • Mental health worker


sychology studies all aspects of human behaviour and mental processes, from an individual’s personality to group dynamics, and from an infant’s cry to a teenager’s thrill-seeking antics.

Psychology concerns itself with these behaviours and processes, as well as how groups, individuals, external environments and society can affect those behaviours. Students drawn to psychology typically have an intrinsic interest in people and their relationships. Field placements may provide practical experience in community settings like daycare centres, educational institutions, community centres and human-service agencies. 24 |

An honours degree in Psychology allows an in-depth study of topics that may include learning, perception, cognition, and abnormal and community psychology. Students in any program will find the skills and knowledge acquired in psychology to be beneficial. The psychology program provides students with significant exposure to psychological concepts and permits great flexibility in the pursuit of other interests.

Degree programs Honours BA

4 years – 20 credits

Program Options Children’s Education and Development Option, see page 18. Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • • • • •

Abnormal Psychology Sensory Processes and Perception Introduction to Cognitive Psychology Behaviour Modification Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Early Childhood

Youth and Children’s Studies Career examples • Teacher • Social Worker • Family Law • Social Services • Child Advocate


hat is a youth? What is a child? And what does it mean to grow up in the contemporary world? The Honours program in Youth and Children’s Studies uses these questions as the basis for an exploration into the cultures of childhood and adolescence. The experiences of youth and children are varied and complex. Youth and Children’s Studies uses a range of different approaches to study this complexity. Students take relevant courses in Contemporary Studies, History, Psychology, Health Studies, Criminology, English, and Sociology, and graduate with a deep understanding of the issues affecting the lives of young people in the past and the present, in North America and around the world. Students will also work directly with children and youth, through a required Community Service-Learning course

Honours BA

4 years - 20 credits

Program Options Environment and Society Option, Indigenous Studies Option and International Development Option, see page 26. Management Option, Media Studies Option and Public Relations Option, see page 27.

Sample Courses • Youth and Children Through the Ages • Children’s Rights • Devlopmental Psychology I: Infancy and Childhood

in which students are placed in various child-care and educational settings. In addition, a number of courses include opportunities for active participation as a researcher, leader, and/or caregiver in a variety of fields related to youth and children. Whether you hope to be a teacher, social worker, social services case worker, family lawyer, or child advocate, a degree in Youth and Children’s Studies will give you a solid and flexible foundation on which to build your career.

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I loved how Laurier had smaller class sizes. It allowed me to get to know my professors and the people in my classes.

For Katie and Amanda Griesser, Laurier Brantford was a family destination. Amanda graduated from the Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education program in 2008 and her sister, Katie, started in the same program that September. “I loved how Laurier had smaller class sizes,” says Amanda. “It allowed me to get to know my professors and the people in my classes.” Amanda also took advantage of the opportunity for an international teaching placement as part of the program, and joined a group of students who taught in Italy for three weeks. The Griessers are also accomplished students. In 2009, Amanda was awarded the Rotary Club of Brantford-Sunrise Scholarship and Katie was one of the recipients of the S.C. Johnson and Son Scholarship. | 25



n option can be added to almost any honours program to allow for study in a specific area. At only 4 credits, options fit within a 20-credit honours degree with ease, and provide knowledge and experience in a specific field which is beneficial when looking for employment, or going on to further study.

Environment and Society

The environmental crisis, specifically global climate change, is one of the most critical issues facing our world today. How did we get to this point? How have our actions over the past decades and centuries contributed to these issues, and where do we go from here? Changes are being made as a result of a few individuals who have made their voices heard. With the ability to collect, analyze and understand the massive amount of information available, they have been able to think critically about solutions as informed citizens. The Environment and Society Option provides students with the skills and the knowledge to tackle these issues too. Students will develop an understanding of the current state in which we find our world, and investigate the links between our values and behaviours, and the challenges that lie ahead. The program takes a social science/humanities approach to the environment, drawing on Contemporary Studies, Global Studies, Philosophy and other disciplines to better understand the issues. This program empowers students to make necessary changes, both in their personal lives and in their communities, for the benefit of the entire planet. Required Courses (2.5 credits) • Environment and Society: A Historical Perspective • Foundations of Scientific Inquiry • Environmental Issues and Responses • Philosophy and the Environment • Climate Change and Society Optional Courses 1.5 additional credits chosen from the following: • Regional Landscapes in Context • Disease and Society • The City in Contemporary Life • Environmental Communication • Introduction to Global Studies • Ecological Citizenship • Human Rights and the Environment • Environment and Health • Indigenous Perspectives on Global Issues • Environment and Natural Resource Politics in Canada

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Indigenous Studies

Laurier Brantford’s Indigenous Studies Option seeks to develop students’ awareness of the scope, richness and variety of Indigenous cultural heritages that exist in the local and global communities. The Indigenous Studies Option can be coupled with any honours program to provide students with an understanding of contemporary issues, as they relate to Indigenous people. The program takes a holistic approach, and explores various issues and topics from a variety of perspectives to foster a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, their history and their place in the contemporary world. Topics of study include the role of women as leaders, the effects of colonialism, communitybased studies and research, Indigenous responses to globalization, education, government/First Nations relations, health, self-government and native-settler relations. Indigenous Studies courses allow students to examine local issues within a global context and provide an ideal way to develop a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and the perspectives and the skills needed to work with them. Required Courses (1.0 credit) • Indigenous Peoples in a Contemporary World • Indigenous People and Anthropology Optional Courses 3.0 additional credits chosen from the following: • Aboriginal Peoples and the Law • Indigenous Writers in English • Indigenous Perspectives on Global Issues • Indigenous Women • The People of the Longhouse • Indigenous Community Studies • Indigenous Education • Special Topics • Native – Settler Relations • Indigenous Community Organizing • Indigenous Research Theories & Methods • Indigenous Research Applications • Indigenous Health & Wellness

International Development

Some of the most pressing issues today are linked to development, a lack thereof, or development that is unsustainable. Increasing globalization has created an environment that now links states, corporations and non-governmental organizations in unprecedented ways. Students taking the International Development Option are preparing for a career with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many people around the world. The program allows students to combine a breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge in the field of international development with their disciplinary specialization, such as Leadership, Health Studies or Law and Society. It will contribute to developing professionals who are prepared to compete in our rapidly changing world, and who are committed to its development and prosperity. The International Development Option provides students with a firm understanding of development, global governance and the institutions of the global economy, enhancing their capacity to implement programs and policies in NGOs, public organizations, educational institutions and international organizations. It is also appropriate for those students who wish to acquire knowledge, skills and abilities to prepare for an overseas work assignment in any field. Required Courses (2.0 credit) • Economic Globalization • Development Theories, Strategies and Issues • The United Nations in the 21st Century • Understanding International Organizations Optional Courses: (2.0 credits) 2.0 additional credits chosen from the following: • Crimes Against Humanity • Transitional Justice • Disease and Society • Introduction to Human Rights • Introduction to Microeconomics • Introduction to Macroeconomics • Economic Development • Introduction to Global Studies • The Making of the Third World: Historical Origins and Development • Journalism, Human Rights and International Development



Media Studies

The fundamentals of business are at the heart of any organization and many careers. Whether you work for a non-governmental organization in Africa, in a global corporation’s head office or serve on the board of directors for a volunteer organization, knowing how organizations are structured and being able to make sense of the financial statements will make you more employable and a more aware citizen. The Management Option provides students with an understanding of the core principles in the world of business, including accounting, marketing, management, operations and finance. Combining an arts degree with knowledge of the fundamentals of business is one way to significantly enhance your future job prospects. This option is available to students in most honours programs in Brantford. The Management Option consists of 4.0 credits that are part of the 20 total credits required for an honours degree. Students will take Introduction to the Business Organization and Functional Areas of the Organization in their first year, and apply for the option by the end of their first year. Entrance is based on achieving a 7.0 (B-) in these first two courses. Students combining the Management Option with the Concurrent Education program (Primary/Junior division only) should consult with their academic advisor when registering for first-year courses.

BlackBerrys. iPods. YouTube. Twitter. Facebook. Wikipedia. Technology is quickly becoming a large part of our everyday lives. Our conversations, our friends and even our careers are becoming increasingly mediated, and we rely on the latest technology more every day. Whether it’s how we acquire news or get directions to somewhere new, technology is changing the way we experience the world. The Media Studies Option helps students develop increased media literacy, including critical thinking about the validity of information available through technology. The program provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate and create messages in a variety of forms — from print and video to online content — in a world where “wikis” and user-generated content allow for a collaborative approach to information creation and distribution. Graduates with these skills are, and will continue to be, required in every aspect of society. Police departments are using YouTube and Facebook to search for information. Business and marketing are moving online, and as consumers continue to look to the Internet and blogs for product information, organizations will need to ensure their information is available. The Media Studies Option is a program for anyone interested in technology, and the impact it has on our everyday lives.

Required courses:

Required courses:

• • • • • • •

Introduction to Business Organization Functional Areas of the Organization Fundamentals of Finance Introduction to Financial Accounting Organizational Behaviour Introduction to Marketing Management Introduction to Microeconomics OR Introduction to Macroeconomics

1.5 credits chosen from the following: • • • • • • • •

Business Law Managerial Accounting Human Resources Management Building and Managing Products, Services and Brands Financial Management I Operations Management I Operations Management II Organizational Behaviour II

• Media and Modernity • Reading Media • Reporting and Writing I and II

2.5 credits chosen from the following: • • • • • • • •

Technical Skills: Print Journalism Technical Skills: Broadcast Journalism Technical Skills: New Media Journalism The Media in a Global World Print Culture Popular Culture Children, Toys and Media Popular Film and Contemporary Culture: The Blockbuster

Public Relations

A vital part of an organization’s success is the ability to communicate with its various audiences. The development and delivery of messages to employees and managers, as well as to external audiences in the community, shareholders, and the media is the work of those in public relations. The Public Relations Option provides students enrolled in any program on the Brantford campus (except Journalism) with a unique opportunity to take courses in journalism, leadership and business in order to develop a broad understanding of organizational life and the critical written and oral communication skills needed by those working in public relations. Courses focus on reporting and writing, public and media relations, organizational strategy, leadership, Internet and emerging media, as well as a senior course that focuses on influence, persuasion and negotiation. This program will develop strong and persuasive writing techniques, while providing students with the ability to critically analyze how public relations impacts our understanding of events and news stories. Required courses: • • • • • • •

Reporting and Writing I Functional Areas of the Organization Interpersonal Communication Introductory Skills: Public Relations Organizational Leadership Organizational Strategy Influence, Persuasion and Negotiation

Three half-credit elective courses: • Introductory Skills: Print Journalism • Journalism, the Internet and Emerging Media • Public Speaking | 27

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