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Course FAQs

WHO CAN TAKE PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE (350/351)?

We welcome applications from all undergraduate students.  Men and students outside of Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences are underrepresented and are particularly encouraged to apply.

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WHO CAN TAKE PRACTICUM IN SOCIAL CHANGE (450/451)?

All students who have completed Practical Strategies for Social Change (350/351) are encouraged to apply.

Visit our courses page to apply.

WHO ARE THE PROFESSORS?

Both courses are taught by Dr. Emily Rosser and Dr. Frances Cachon in alternating terms (see Our Team).

WILL THESE COURSES COUNT TOWARDS MY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS?

Both courses can be taken as a General Social Science elective (02-350 or 02-450), or for credit in Psychology (46-350 or 46-450), Social Work (47-350 or 47-450), Sociology/Criminology (48-350 or 48-451), or Women’s and Gender Studies (53-351 or 53-450).

WHY IS THERE AN APPLICATION? WHO GETS CHOSEN?

Bystander Initiative courses are popular and the application process ensures that everyone who is interested is considered, rather than only accepting the very first people who apply.  The courses require students to be open-minded and willing to challenge their own thinking and behaviour.  We select students from a range of programs of study.

WHY ARE HALF THE SEATS RESERVED FOR MEN?

The bystander model of social change involves everyone.  Women have historically led antiviolence work, and men are underrepresented in this field, but are important allies.  Workshops are most often led by a mixed-gender team.

HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT TRAINING FOR LAW STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING WORKSHOP LEADERS?

Students in the Faculty of Law train in a parallel program, with the first part in the spring of the 1L year and the second part in the fall of 2L when facilitators deliver workshops to the incoming 1L students.  Training takes place outside of class time but facilitators receive a co-curricular notation on their transcript as recognition of their commitment.  We recruit Law students throughout the year.

Please contact Dr. Emily Rosser for more information and to sign up for the next Law Bystander Initiative Facilitator Training session at erosser@uwindsor.ca or 519-253-3000 ext. 2326.

Have a question about the Bystander Initiative not answered here, or need information about the Bystander workshops? Email Danielle Reaume at bystander@uwindsor.ca or call 519-253-3000 ext. 3723