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Gain experience and earn credit. SOCSCI 3EL3 - Leadership for Social Innovation.

Students gain community-engaged experience through virtual projects or placements that support Hamilton organizations addressing various social issues.

Aug 17, 2021

Gain experience.
Build your resume.
Earn credit.
Contribute to and learn from the Hamilton community.

If you’re looking for an opportunity that wraps all of this together, SOCSCI 3EL3: Leadership for Social Innovation may be the course for you.

Students will explore collaboration, leadership, diversity, power, and change through community-engaged, virtual projects or placements that support Hamilton organizations addressing various social issues. Students will also hear from a diverse range of guest speakers who will share their personal stories and perspectives on course themes.  

Class is 2 hours per week (11:30 a.m. -1:20 p.m. on Fridays) with the final hour released in lieu of the community-engaged component of the course.

"Participating in a community-engaged placement allowed me to exercise my existing leadership skills as well as learn new ones. Although there was a learning curve, especially navigating everything with covid, I came out of the placement feeling successful and confident. And because of this placement I walked away considering a career field I have not given much thought to before which is exciting!," shared one Sociology student.

They also said, “This course helped me gain new perspectives about success; about letting go of these very stereotypical ideas of what success is supposed to look like and realizing just how non-linear it is. I used to look at the people around me and think to myself that I could never be in the position they are in but after this course - especially thanks to some incredible guest speakers, I no longer think that way. My time will come too.”

The class has been offered for the previous ten years as Leadership through Experiential Learning. The name change aligns with the new Concurrent Certificate in Social Innovation offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences. SOCSCI 3EL3 is on the course list for the both Social Innovation certificate and McMaster’s Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement, though there is no obligation to pursue the certificate or minor through the course.

Students in Level III or IV of any Social Sciences program are eligible and can register on MOSAIC.

Questions can be directed to Ruthanne Talbot, Careers & Experiential Education, Faculty of Social Sciences at