Academic Programs and Courses

York University's ACADEMIC BRIDGING COURSE FOR WOMEN Sponsored by the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at York University offers academic Bridging Courses for women who want to upgrade their writing and speaking skills and explore the possibility of university study.

Learn ... in a supportive group environment
Improve ... reading, writing and speaking skills
Explore ... your education options and potential
Prepare ... for future university study

Course participants must be 20 years of age or over, permanent residents of Ontario, and comfortable in both spoken and written English. A grade of 'B' or better offers admission to mature students to the Faculties of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Glendon in addition to some programs in other Faculties. The Bridging course is not appropriate if you require ESL instruction. If you have completed one full year or more of university or academic college studies, you may not need a bridging course as an admissions credential.

Classes and location:
60 Woodfield Road, Toronto (Coxwell & Queens) in the Archive Room (basement) classes run on Thursdays, 6-9pm:
Orientation: September 26, 2019
First class: October 3, 2019
Last class: December 12, 2019

1900 Sheppard Ave. West, North York (Jane & Sheppard intersection) in the Multipurpose Room (main floor)
classes run on Wednesdays, 6-9pm:
Orientation: September 18, 2019
First Class: September 25, 2019
Last class: November 27, 2019

About the program:
This program is subsidized by York University as part of its community outreach program.

To Register or get further information on the Bridging Program, please contact Celeta Irvin: 416-736-2100 ext. 77818;

Centre For Feminist Research
Kaneff Tower
York University
Phone: 416-736-5915

Fall 2019 Writing Centre Graduate Support | Graduate Student Writers | Writing Group Cafes | FALL BACK INTO WRITING! A Thesis Writing Cafe

Working on a PhD thesis in the faculty of LA&PS? Join a community of fellow graduate writers. The Writing Centre’s graduate writing specialist will help you focus, goal set, project-manage, stick to a timeline, collaborate with committee members and connect with peers.
The Writing Centre is offering two concurrent sessions (Tuesdays and Thursdays) over the Fall term, beginning September 10th and September 12th. This eleven-week Café is designed to help graduate students make writing progress, connect to a larger writing community and stay focused on their dissertations. Multiple one-to-one appointments with the Writing Centre’s graduate writing specialist are included with registration and provide focussed and detailed attention to drafts and plans. The Cafés are limited to approximately ten writers and the Writing Centre specialist.
Bring your work; we’ll bring snacks!
Tuesday 9:15 -12:15, Thursdays: 9:15-12:15. Venue to be announced.
*To indicate interest in the Fall 2019 sessions, please fill out the application form included in the link below:

Titled "Ethical Humanitarian and Development Practice in Urban Refugee Response", the course is designed to bring LLST's perspective-sharing instructional approach to experienced humanitarian and development workers. The new deadline is Sept 15th.

This delivery will take place in Ottawa on November 25-26, 2019.
Feel free to contact me at with any questions.

Ethical Humanitarian and Development Practice in Urban Refugee Response
A Two-Day Simulation-Based Professional Development Course
"I asked UNHCR for help... They told me, 'if you don't like it, you can go to Zaatari [Camp].' I said: How can we live [in this city]? We can't work, you don't give us money. 'You can go to Zaatari,' they said." -Syrian Interview Respondent, Irbid, Jordan, quoted in Stevens, 2016

Ethical Humanitarian and Development Practice in Urban Refugee Response is a two-day professional development course structured around an intensive in-class educational simulation. The course re-centres the human subjects of international interventions in the minds of experienced humanitarian and development workers, with a focus on humanizing the “humanitarian-development nexus”.
Course details
Course Length: 2 days
Language: English
• $450 early-bird registration fee EXTENDED until Sept 15, 2019
• $550* course registration fee from Sept 15 - Oct 15, 2019
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Course Dates: November 25-26, 2019
*Note that this is a reduced introductory tuition rate, and may not reflect the fees associated with future deliveries of this course.
How to register
Visit or contact us directly at
What will I learn?
Participants learn to map the goals and motivations of stakeholders in the context of long-term displacement, and study how long-term displacement scenarios require a blend of development and humanitarian approaches. You will explore the complex social, political, and economic dynamics which arise from the interplay between key stakeholders in long-term crises. The course acts as a bridge between cutting-edge academic theory, critical “red teaming” approaches to complex challenges, and humanitarian and development practice.
Learning outcomes
In completing this course, participants will be able to:

• Describe linkages between development and humanitarian practice in long-term crises.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the social and political dynamics of urban refugee response scenarios, the systems which underlie those dynamics, and how these systems relate to development goals.
• Map motivations and goals of multiple stakeholders in urban refugee response, including those of refugees.
• Communicate possible motivations and goals of people experiencing displacement, and contrast them with common humanitarian assumptions and narratives.
• Describe and predict possible breakdowns in international interventions by discussing past examples.
• Critically but constructively engage with humanitarian and development work in general and their own work in particular, in order to improve the quality of humanitarian intervention.
Who should take this course?
This course is geared towards current development and humanitarian workers, government workers, and other donor staff who are interested in improving their practical understanding of urban refugee response scenarios in particular and improving their communication skills with target communities in general. Other interested parties are welcome to apply, but course material assumes a familiarity with humanitarian or development sectors.
Note that if you have taken previous Lessons Learned courses, the simulation portion of this course is functionally the same; however, the framing lectures and debrief highlight more advanced learning moments.
How does this course bring together humanitarian and development practice?
There is an increasing acceptance among humanitarian workers that displacement scenarios can no longer be viewed as emergencies, and instead require long-term development approaches to address the needs of “beneficiaries”. While the chief case study of this course is refugee response, the themes of this course—stakeholder analysis, improved outreach to target communities, and an increased effort to understand goals and motivations of a wide range of actors—apply equally to development and humanitarian contexts.
I represent a donor organization. How is this course relevant to me?
Understanding how target communities and international interveners interact is a major theme of this course, with particular focus on goals and motivations of affected people. When donors better understand the needs and motivations of “beneficiaries” and how to look for signs of communication breakdown, donors will be better able to assess whether proposed projects will succeed in meeting the social and political requirements for long-term success.
Who are the instructors?
Course designer and instructor Matthew Stevens has worked with refugees and migrants globally since 2008, from downtown Cairo to the Peruvian Amazon. Most recently, he served as Country Director for an INGO in Amman, Jordan, delivering online higher education to displaced youth. Course Manager Johanna Reynolds is a global leader in the delivery of professional development courses for refugee response workers.
Lessons Learned courses are built around rigorously designed educational simulations, adapted from the “IN-Simulation” methodology developed by Prof. Natasha Gill (TRACK4) and the innovative simulation-based teaching methodologies of Prof. Rex Brynen at McGill University.

A note for international applicants
Please note that we currently do not have the capacity to support visa applications for participants applying from outside of Canada. Instead, we are more than happy to discuss arranging a delivery of our course in your country or region.

Stevens, M.R. (2016). The collapse of social networks among Syrian refugees in urban Jordan. Contemporary Levant, 1(1).

Matthew R Stevens - Director
Lessons Learned Simulations and Training
P: +1-778-676-6288
Skype: matt.r.stevens

Summer Learning Opportunity for Graduate and Post Doctoral Students

The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism Security and Society (TSAS) is holding it bi-annualSummer Academy, July 8-11, 2019 at Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, ON.

The Summer Academy is designed to foster a comprehensive understanding of radicalization, terrorism, and security and how all of these intersect with the rapidly changing nature of Canadian society. The Summer Academy brings together graduate students, post-doctoral students and junior policy makers and analysts from across Canada to participate in a highly focused learning experience. Interested students should contact Elizabeth Ford, Project Manager, TSAS There will be limited financial support available to facilitate attendance at the Academy. Students can watch website or follow us on Twitter @TSASNetwork for coming announcements. see a sample of presentations from 2017 Academy)

The Summer Academy is only a part of TSAS’s larger mandate. TSAS engages in policy-relevant research and dissemination in terrorism, security and society. The TSAS Network is designed to foster: communication and collaboration between academic researchers working on these topics in Canada; communication and collaboration between academic researchers and policy officials in these subject fields. Students and faculty can learn more at

Attached you will find an electronic copy of the TSAS Summer Academy Brochure.

Elizabeth Ford,
Elizabeth Ford, Project Manager
Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS)
Balsillie School of International Affairs
67 Erb St., W. Suite 206
Waterloo, ON

The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS)
Annual summer course on refugees & forced migration
May 6-10, 2019, York University
Course Fee: $1075+HST (by February 1st, 2019)

The CRS Summer Course is an internationally acclaimed, non-credit course for academic and field-based practitioners working in the area of forced migration. It serves as a hub for researchers, students, practitioners, service providers and policy makers to share information and ideas. All participants who complete the full course will receive a York University Centre for Refugee Studies Summer Course certificate.
If you are still thinking of applying, please submit your application as soon as possible as spots are limited.

For more information, and to apply, please visit our website at

Eight-Step Editing Workshop:
For Graduate Students & Postdocs
Hosted by Faculty of Graduate Studies
Please register for this workshop
October 18, 2018
12:30-4:30 p.m.
519 Kaneff Tower

Eight-Step Editing provides participants with a practical and versatile “toolkit” to help improve the texts they write and/or edit. The techniques can be applied to a wide range of informational documents, including reports, memos, summaries, proposals, observations, analyses, instructions, web content, and more. Using a step-by-step process, the program identifies the most common factors in writing that become obstacles for readers. It not only helps you recognize the problems, it shows you quick and simple techniques for fixing them.

Eight-Step Editing combines theory with practice. Participants gain an understanding of the principles underlying each of the eight steps, and then apply those principles in exercises. Some of the exercises will be generic, on the assumption that if participants can apply a learning to other people’s writing, they can also apply it to their own. Other exercises could be taken directly from materials provided by the client.

Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 4:30pm
Location: 519 Kaneff Tower
Please register for this workshop