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TAKING A COURSE AS INDEPENDENT STUDY
Approved by Academic Council
October 5, 2017
AUW students who wish to pursue a topic of study which is not offered or available in the regular curriculum, may apply for Independent Study. Independent Study is a for-credit course taken on a ‘pass/fail’ basis, comparable to other courses in terms of semester duration and work assignment. Independent Study is conducted under the supervision of a qualified full-time faculty member of the University.
Independent Study is designed to deepen the student’s knowledge in a particular area, through a specified study plan and reading list, or a research project, a practicum, or performance in the arts. It is available to students in their second or third year of enrolment, as a Major Elective or a Minor Elective, or as a Free Elective course option. Independent Study may not count towards the Core General Education Requirement or the Major/Minor mandatory course requirements. Students may take a maximum of two (2) Independent Study courses, or a maximum of 8 credits comprising Independent Study, Internship for Credit, and/or Summer Research Project.
To qualify for Independent Study, students must meet the academic requirements of AUW, demonstrate that they are in good standing, have achieved a minimum CGPA of 3.0, and are on track with courses toward graduation.
To earn credit from an Independent Study course, students are expected to dedicate a minimum of 10 hours per credit (for a maximum of 4 credits/40 hours) in direct study of the selected topic, and to produce a paper (or other output related to the study topic), on the basis of which they can be assessed by the supervising faculty. Independent Study may be taken on a ‘pass/fail’ basis.
Normally, Independent Study may be conducted in the Fall and Spring Semesters of the Academic Year.
To apply for approval of Independent Study, students are required to follow the requirements set out below:
In consultation with the Independent Study Adviser,
Whatever the rationale for proposing the independent study is, it must be explained clearly, with an emphasis on what the student hopes to gain from it (for example, raise awareness, find out people’s attitudes about something, developing a theoretical framework, etc).
The plan must explain how the planned activities will be carried out with an indication of hours dedicated to each activity: a breakdown of the steps to be followed with expected outcomes (for example, a month-by-month or week-by-week schedule). This is to get students to think about whether they have succeeded in doing what they set out to do. Include a meeting schedule between the student and the supervisor.
10.References used to support the proposal and study plan should be listed in a Reference section.
The Independent Study Plan developed in consultation with the Independent Study Adviser must be submitted for approval by the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs within the first four weeks of the Fall or Spring Semester.
Download Application for Independent Study