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CityLAB Semester In Residence

CityLAB Semester in Residence

Overview

Offered each fall semester, CityLAB Semester in Residence is a 15-unit course designed for passionate, motivated, and enthusiastic students.  If you want to learn from the community, apply your studies to make change, and expand your personal and professional networks, then this is the course for you!

Students and staff from the City of Hamilton co-create and design an innovative real-world project to address the problem, gaining valuable insight and data that can be shared and potentially scaled up.  Students in any faculty from McMaster are welcome to apply.

are you worried about another virtual semester?

We have solutions for this! We have approval for an in-person home base for class meetings. We also hope to be working in the community, based on both public health and university guidelines. Plans could change as the pandemic situation changes, but we are excited to tell you that as of now the Semester in Residence Crew will be together in person.

If the situation changes again, you can rest assured that we had great virtual success with CityLAB SIR in 2020-21! So, whether we can work in the community in person or virtually, you can look forward to an enriching experience and a great semester!

CityLAB Semester in Residence Courses

CMTYENGA 4A06 and CMTYENGA 4A09 are co-requisite courses which means they run at the same time. You must take both courses to participate in CityLAB Semester in Residence.

CMTYENGA 4A06 - Design and Dialogue Inquiry

A project based experiential class where students work in interdisciplinary teams mentored by City of Hamilton staff and course instructors to address real challenges faced by the City.

Using an inquiry model and drawing on an associated city-identified challenge, this course develops disciplinary capabilities in design thinking, dialogue, project management, and public communication, and prepares students to co-create, test, and evaluate a project. This course requires permission from the Office of Community Engagement.

Six hours; One term
Co-requisite(s): CMTYENGA 4A09
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or IV.

CMTYENGA 4A09 - Applied Project Experience

A project based experiential class where students work in interdisciplinary teams mentored by City of Hamilton staff and course instructors to address real challenges faced by the City.

In addition to intensive workshops, field trips, and dialogue sessions with staff and community members, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to directly apply their theoretical knowledge and skills to develop and hone a real-life project that addresses a specific challenge faced by Hamilton today. Students will be
exposed to, and participate actively in, the civic life of Hamilton. This course requires permission from the Office of Community Engagement.

One term
Co-requisite(s): CMTYENGA 4A06
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or IV

Course Outlines Learn More

Semester at CityLAB is composed of both CMTYENGA 4A06 – Design and Dialogue Inquiry and CMTYENGA 4A09 – Applied Project Experience.  Both courses must be taken as co-requisites.

apply for citylab semester in residence!

Semester at CityLAB is an intensive experience that will see you working on real challenges alongside the City of Hamilton, helping to make positive change for our city. Your city-building adventure begins September 2021!

This course is open to students from all faculties at McMaster University and Redeemer University who will be enrolled in Year 3 or above.

Semester in Residence Resources

Frequently Asked Questions Download PDF

Read our Frequently Asked Questions here. If you have additional questions, email Randy Kay, Outreach Director for Semester in Residence at kayrl@mcmaster.ca.

2020 CityLAB SIR Curriculum Plan Download PDF

CItyLAB Semester in Residence (SIR) is a unique community engagement program for upper-year post-secondary students. Students work on strategic initiatives with staff from the City of Hamilton and community partners to achieve tangible real-world results on city-identified projects.

Final Project Reports (2019 and 2020) Learn More

CityLAB projects have focused on climate change resilience, sustainable and inclusive communities, public engagement and connection during COVID-19, and community art, among many other themes and challenges in Hamilton.

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