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Community Engagement

CityLAB

CityLAB works with city staff members to identify complex challenges related to the theme areas of Healthy Neighbourhoods, Climate Change, and Municipal Excellence, and matches them with faculty and courses from Hamilton’s three post-secondary institutions: Mohawk College, McMaster University, and Redeemer University College.

CityLAB Semester in Residence

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.

CITYLAB SEMESTER IN RESIDENCE COURSES

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.

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

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 citybuilding adventure begins September 2020!

This course is open to students from all faculties at McMaster University and Redeemer University who will be enrolled in Year 3 or above.  Applications for Fall 2020 are now closed.