Students who are interested in investigating a specific topic or research project in-depth are encouraged to undertake a directed studies course or self-directed seminar through ACAM_V 447.  To apply for this seminar, students have to provide a rationale for how and why their chosen topic cannot be accommodated within a regularly scheduled course; to develop a reading list around the chosen topic; and to design appropriate assignments and assessment rubrics to evaluate their learning outcomes. For more information on how to apply for ACAM_V 447, please download the application form: MS Word | PDF.

Past ACAM_V 447 seminar(s)

In 2018W, ACAM student and student engagement coordinator Phebe M. Ferrer hosted ACAM447A, a self-directed seminar exploring Filipino identities in diaspora. Her course invited students to learn and engage with the Filipino diaspora and communities in Canada, through an investigation and deconstruction of Filipino identity. Using a transnational theoretical framework, the course encouraged students to critically analyze the different social constructions of Filipino identity, based on migration, history, colonialism, politics, and other themes. Some examples of the topics covered in class include the Live-In Caregiver Program and the construction of the Filipina as a nanny; the integration of Filipino youth into Canadian high schools; the function of cultural organizations in building community; mixed and liminal identities, particularly of Filipino youth; and looking at the Filipino diaspora through a Queer and LGBTQ+ lens.

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