The Liberal Studies Core is what every Liberal Studies student has in common.
The eight required core courses are designed
to provide a common
degree structure, guiding you from start to finish. In
Year 1 and 2, LBST 100, 200, and 201 provide you with an introduction to
interdisciplinary studies and research methods. In Year 3 and 4, LBST 330 along
with your Tutorials and Graduating Project are where you put your research
skills and emerging career or educational interests in action. Your degree concludes with a
digital portfolio and graduating project showcasing your writing and research skills
and areas of expertise.
Year 1Fall Term
LBST 100 (3) Approaching Knowledge
In this course, we'll not only introduce you to the Liberal Studies Portfolio -- an evolving digital showcase of your very best thinking -- but ask the fundamental questions about the generation of knowledge. We'll also explore the ways in which a given discipline might unknowingly shape the kinds of questions that are possible. Here, too, we'll introduce the fundamental value of taking an interdisciplinary approach to research-based and/or creative projects and best practices.
Year 2Fall Term
LBST 200 (3) Refocusing Knowledge
Here we will introduce you to the various stages of the research process and get you working with the different research methods used commonly used in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Interviewing. Observation. Content analysis. We will cover all of the basics needed for the undergraduate researcher’s toolbox.
Year 2Spring Term
LBST 201 (3) Refiguring Knowledge
In LBST 201, we’ll pick up from where we left off in the Fall term. This time this focus will be on gathering and interpreting quantitative data, including surveying and the visual and graphical representation of research findings. By the end of Year 2, you will be ready to tackle your Year 3 pilot project.
Year 3Fall Term
LBST 330 (3) Methods of Inquiry
In this course, you will be test driving the research methods introduced in LBST 200 and 201. With assistance of your instructors, you will be invited to design your own mixed methods pilot project. We will also examine and assess local and global examples of exciting interdisciplinary research projects.
LBST 390 (1) * Tutorial I
Yes, it is time: You’re now ready to begin exploring the specific subject areas and research methods that will best allow you to tackle a graduating project on a topic of your own devising. This is the first of three exploratory tutorials to designed to help you map out where exactly your Grad Project will land.
Year 3Spring Term
LBST 391 (1) Tutorial II
Building on your opening tutorial, you will work with a second faculty advisor who shares your research interests and can help you explore your emerging research questions from a second disciplinary perspective.
Year 4Fall Term
LBST 392 (1) Tutorial III
Your third tutorial represents the final step in the exploratory phase of identifying the resources, tools and research methods required to get started on your Graduating Project.
Year 4Spring Term
LBST 490 (3) ** Graduating Project
You’ve made it: You are now poised to dive into your capstone project. The Graduating Project is a research and/or creative project integrating your coursework and the discoveries made in your three Tutorials. You will have the opportunity to share your project at the Liberal Studies Grad Showcase and via your e-portfolio.
Course Planner for Liberal Studies students admitted Fall 2015 onwards.
For assistance with course planning and selection, please make an appointment with Advising or contact the Liberal Studies coordinator.
Students requiring assistance with the Tutorial and/or Grad Project approval process should meet directly with the Liberal Studies Coordinator.
* Note: Students may apply for permission to complete more than one tutorial in a single term. For more information, refer to the Tutorial section of the LBST Student Resources site on CapU Moodle.
** Note: The six credit Extended Graduating Project typically takes two terms; however, students may request permission to complete LBST 495/6 in one term. For more information on the application process, go to the Grad Project section of the LSBA Student Resources site on CapU Moodle.
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