King's University College

King’s WIL programs are currently offered in eight program areas, as either a mandatory component of a program or an elective. See below for a list of our current offerings.

For any questions regarding Work Integrated Learning or experiential learning at King’s, please contact Kayley MacGregor, Experiential Learning Coordinator.

Disability Studies – Experimental Education and Intellectual Impairment

DS2292A/B or EEII is an experiential learning course in which King’s students collaborate with intellectually impaired Community Participants. The course aims to create a rich space for mutual learning. Readings and lectures provide a theoretical grounding in the course’s theme of “a good life” and its sub-themes of communication, social inclusion/exclusion, and representations of intellectual impairment, while workshops and a variety of experiences on campus offer opportunities to build trust and understanding of the practical implications of these issues.

Length: 4 months
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: 3 hours per week
Programs: Preference is given to students in Disability Studies Major first, and the Minor
Start date: Fall
Contact: Professor Shields and Professor Quevillon

School of Management, Economics, and Mathematics Internship

This internship includes preparatory workshops and an 8, 12, or 16-month industry placement to acquire practical professional learning experience. The course will be taught as a series of workshops throughout the year. Following the industry placement, interns must complete a written report and oral presentation on work undertaken during the internship.

Length: 8, 12, or 16 months
Paid or unpaid: Paid
Commitment: 35 hours per week 
Programs: A MEM student who is completing third year, has at least a 70% average in second year and is permitted to work in Canada, may enroll in the program.
Time of year: Full year
Contact: Sergio Janczack  

More information on MOS 3490/3491/3492

School of Social Work – Year 3 Undergraduate Practicum

Students in the Social Work program will participate in a structured experience in selected human service agencies which reflects demonstrable competency in professional practice. Additionally, students will take part in bi-weekly seminars focusing on integration of practice issues and theory.

Length: Half credit across two terms
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: 2 hour Integration Seminar every other week all year. Practicum in second term Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday
Programs: Enrollment in the BSW program
Start date: Fall
Contact: Mary Kay Arundel

More information on SW 3320Y

School of Social Work – BSW Practicum

Students in the Social Work program will participate in an advanced structured experience in selected human service agencies which reflects demonstrable competency in professional practice. Additionally, students will take part in bi-weekly seminars focusing on integration of practice issues and theory.

Length: Half credit across two terms
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: 2-hour Integration Seminar every other week, all year. 3 days per week practicum
Programs: Enrollment in the BSW program
Start date: Fall
Contact: Mary Kay Arundel

More information on SW 3320Y 

School of Social Work – MSW Practicum

MSW students complete an advanced practicum in a human service agency, and receive field instruction and supervision from a Master’s qualified practitioner and a faculty consultant from the School of Social Work. The Canadian Association for Social Work Accreditation requires completion of a minimum of 450 hours of supervised practice

Length: 10 months
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: Students are in the field three days per week for two academic terms, or an equivalent block placement.
Programs: Enrollment in the MSW program
Start date: September
Contact: Mary Kay Arundel 

More information on SW 3320Y

Social Justice and Peace Studies – Community Based Learning

Current social justice theories and concepts will be applied to an actual justice-oriented service learning project which students will co-design with a partner non-profit organization. Students will develop a better understanding of the interrelationship between theory and practice and critically reflect upon their roles in furthering social justice goals through placements and discussion.

Length: Half credit across two terms
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: 40 hours
Programs: Enrollment in the SJPS program or special permission
Start date: September
Contact: Shawna Lewkowitz 

More information on SJPS 3201Y

Thanatology – Practicum

Field Placement in Thanatology: A rendering of service in a palliative care or bereavement setting supervised by an agency practitioner. Students will engage in a series of prearranged agency site visits to gain exposure to various services that assist individuals and families who are facing life-limiting illness and/or bereavement. Students will then complete 45-hour placement with the goal of applying their knowledge and skills in a concrete setting.

Length: 4 months
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: 45 hours
Programs: Thanatology
Start date: January
Contact: Jacqueline Crandell 

More information on THAN 3360A/B

Political Science – Campaign School

Using the 2018 London Municipal Election as a case study, this is an experiential learning course in campaign and election management. Students will receive a theoretical understanding of electoral systems and balloting, election campaigns and campaign management. Students will spend the first half of the terms working with an election campaign and the second half of the term examining the election outcome as a product of the campaign and the ballot structure. Following the election, students will work together to produce a professional-quality report to present the findings of what they learned about the electoral process and campaign dynamics to the City of London.

Length: 6 weeks
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: 45 hours
Programs: Third or fourth year standing, must have taken Political Science 1020E and one of Political Science 2230E or Political Science 2245E
Start date: September
Contact: Andrea Lawlor and Kate Graham 

More information on POLI 4486F/G

Psychology – Practicum

Through supervised placements in selected community/clinical settings, students will be introduced to the integration of psychological knowledge with practical human services practices. Placements hours are typically one full day per week in addition to scheduled seminars throughout the year.

Length: 8 months
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: 7 hours/week, 140 placement hours total
Programs: Registration in fourth year Honors Specialization or Honors Double Major in Psychology at King's University College
Start date: September
Contact: Dr. Cathy Chovaz  

More information on PSYCH 4692E 

Religious Studies – Catholic Education in Practice (1) – Service Learning Project

An introduction, through volunteer service and seminar discussions, to the Roman Catholic Education system, the teaching profession and the adolescent learner. These seminars will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the structure, organization and mission of Ontario Catholic Schools. We will examine the role of school boards, the Ministry of Education and various community partners working with Catholic schools. We will utilize these seminars to also discuss the rich learning opportunities that the students will have in their service learning placements, especially as it pertains to the adolescent learner.

Length: 8 months
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: Fourteen one-hour seminars, and 10 service learning dates
Programs: Admission to the Honors Specialization or Major modules in Catholic Studies for Teachers or permission of the department.
Start date: September
Contact: Bret Babington   

More information on RS 2208U

Religious Studies – Catholic Education in Practice (2) – Service Learning Project

This course is designed to assist students in coming to a greater understanding of the mission and methodologies of the Catholic education system in Ontario. One of the primary focuses will be on the Religion curriculum utilized in the classrooms in both elementary and secondary schools. Through readings, dialogue, observation and volunteer service learning, seminars, case studies and reflection, you will be encouraged to discover the multifaceted nature of modern classroom teaching and to discover and understand who you are as a potential future Catholic teacher.

Length: 8 months
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: Fourteen one-hour seminars, and 10 service learning dates
Programs: Admission to the Honors Specialization or Major modules in Catholic Studies for Teachers or permission of the department.
Start date: September
Contact: Bret Babington  

More information on RS 2208U 

Religious Studies – Catholic Education in Practice

The primary focus of this course will be on Catholic Education and we will explore the history, philosophy, politics, changes, challenges and the future of Catholic Education in this province. Through readings, dialogue, observation, volunteer service learning, seminars, case studies and reflection, you will be encouraged to discover the multifaceted nature of modern classroom teaching and to discover and understand who you are as a potential future Catholic teacher.

Length: 8 months
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid
Commitment: 14 2-hour seminars, and 10 service learning dates
Programs: Admission to the Honors Specialization or Major modules in Catholic Studies for Teachers or permission of the department.
Start date: September
Contact: Bret Babington

More information on RS 2208U