** Please note that for this academic year NEW497 will not be offered, but rather a blended course containing components of both NEW495 and NEW497 will be offered, under NEW495.


  • Students will work  for 5-7 hours per week  on the research projects being undertaken by their host organisation.  The kind of research will vary according to the organizations’ needs; they may include surveys, interviews, focus groups, archival research, internet or records research, program evaluation or arts-based research.
  • A 2-3 hour seminar will meet weekly for much of the Fall term, and then less frequently, depending on programming. The seminar provides a space where students check-in about their progress, share ideas and advice about how to manage challenges they encounter, learn from guest speakers and discuss course materials (articles, videos, toolkits). Each student’s research process will be supported by the course instructor, site supervisors, workshops on research methods, and peer-learning.
  • The syllbus includes some background about the social purpose sector, foundations of community-based research, the specific value and applications of community research, the ethical issues in community-engaged research, key methodologies and methods, and case studies of community-based research projects.
  • Assignments might include reflective writing, a research journal, a blog post, a report to be given to the organization, and a presentation on the research in an end-of-year symposium at New College.

 To ensure that your application is not misdirected,  please follow these instructions exactly.

  1. Compile the following two items into one single file:

(a)  a covering letter, indicating your interest and background relevant to the specific position; and

(b)  your resume.

NAME the file like this: “Placement name – your name” (e.g.  Helpline – Yingxi Gao,  or Global Commons – Sally Bowles).

  1. Send as a separate attached file a copy of your Academic History from ACORN.  (This is not forwarded to the organization; it is to give the coordinator a sense of your academic background and how the courses you have taken might related to your placement).

NAME the file with just your initial and name (e.g. T. Hussein or Y.Gao).

  1. Send the two files as email attachments to the CEL Coordinator at  nc.engagedlearning@utoronto.ca. The subject line of the email should be Course code, Placement name, your name,   (e.g. NEW495, Sketch, Petra Marcova).

If you apply to more than one positions, submit separate applications (different emails and attachments) for each of the different positions. You do not need to send your Academic History more than once.

If you have any questions, please contact:   nc.engagedlearning@utoronto.ca