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Global Stewardship Associate of Arts Degree


    The decision to suspend the fall 2018 intake was not made lightly and it is only upon reviewing the limited number of applicants and the program costs that the University has opted to place a hold on the current fall 2018 intake. This means we will not be admitting students into the Global Stewardship program for the fall of 2018. Instead, after fifteen years, it has been decided to use 2018-19 as a time to re-design and re-imagine Global Stewardship for the future. The curriculum of this program is core to the University’s strategic and academic goals, and because of this, we want to ensure this continues as a flagship program for Capilano U. It is vitally important to us that you are provided alternative options for your future academic career. We wanted to notify you as early as possible to allow you the time necessary to plan. We hope you will consider the re-designed Global Stewardship for the following year. Meanwhile, we have academic planning staff ready to work with you on alternate programming if you would like to look at other similar Cap U programs such as the Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Liberal Studies and the Community Leadership and Social Change Diploma.  This is never a desired outcome and we do sincerely apologize for the anxiety and frustration this decision has caused. 


    Students who enter the Global Stewardship Program have diverse career goals: international development, (NGOs and IGOs), journalism, teaching, community development, politics, business and nursing, among others.  But what they all share is a desire to make a difference in their world.   Through a unique curriculum combining classroom study and engaged service learning, students learn how to become change makers while completing their first two years of university. And they grow in confidence, learning in a challenging but supportive learning community. If you have the passion, compassion and commitment to change your world through a life in international development, or are looking to gain the knowledge and networks to succeed as a journalist, teacher, community developer, or nurse, the Global Stewardship Program may be just the education you've been looking for. 


    Each fall, 35 students enter the Global Stewardship Program, and learn what it takes to make a difference as a global citizen.  They study together in courses focusing on international issues and management training from both the Arts and Sciences and Business divisions of Capilano University.  Additional seminars are delivered by leaders in the NGO, social enterprise and voluntary sectors, introducing students to the hands-on skills and behind -the-scenes realities of working to effectively make a difference in our local and global community.   These courses prepare Global Stews for the engaged service learning component of the program: every year students coordinate a public engagement event to raise the profile of a major social issue, and then volunteer for a minimum of 40 hours for an NGO either locally or internationally.


    Global Stewardship students also complete two semesters of language study, and all the other requirements of the Associate of Arts degree in the Global Stewardship Program. Students may then transfer to another institution to complete a 4-year bachelor's degree if they so wish. Graduates from the program have gone on to study to become teachers, nurses, lawyers, international development workers and journalists at schools like UBC, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Island University (Malaspina) and Dalhousie University. Global Stewardship graduates also meet the requirements set by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) to apply for paid international internships through such funding agencies as the Youth Internship program.


    The Global Stewardship curriculum has been designed to introduce you to both the context of making a change in your world, locally and internationally, and the skills needed to make a positive impact on the organizations you volunteer for.  But students also enjoy learning about a wide range of subjects. 

    Over the two years students will study: 

    • Politics
    • Geography
    • Environmental biology
    • Critical thinking
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • Global studies
    • World history
    • World literature
    • International organizations
    • Leadership
    • Ethics 

     They will also take seminars in the following:

    • Goal setting
    • Time management
    • Work planning
    • Budgeting
    • Proposal writing and reporting
    • Presentation skills
    • Working with funders like DFATD
    • Project management
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