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MA Co-operative Work Term

The M.A. with Public Folklore Co-operative Education Work Terms route is comprised of two main parts: eight courses taken according to the list of requirements on the student’s formal Programme of Study and two paid co-op work placements (each with its final written and oral reports). 

Normally students declare their intention to take the Public Folklore Co-operative Education Work Terms route at the time of application, or no later than January 15th of the first year of their program. The intention to take the second work-term must be declared in writing to the department office and to the Arts Faculty Co-operative Education Coordinator no later than September 15th (for winter placement) or January 15th (for spring placement).

Work terms are normally taken in the third semester of the first academic year, and in the second or third semester of the second year. A typical schedule for the student's first year may include two semesters of full-time courses (three in the fall semester and three in the winter semester) followed by the first work placement in the spring semester. A student’s second year will include the second work-term plus the remaining coursework. [In 2013-14 the required archival placement will begin; this will normally be in the second year.]

Co-op work terms are supervised by a professor in the department and by the Arts Faculty Co-operative Education Coordinator. The placements are, however, actual employment, so the student is answerable to and directed by her/his work supervisor. Both work terms require a final written report the first part of which contains information on the context of the placement, the work assigned, the folkloristic skills required and developed, and any other relevant discussion of the work. The second part of the report will address theoretical problems relevant to the placement. Students will be expected to give oral presentations to the department on their work term experiences during the first calendar month of the semester immediately following their work placement.

Students are expected to take work-term placements that give experience in a range of public and applied folklore settingsin different locations, both to increase their personal contacts and to build their resumés for future professional employment and consulting.

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