Welcome back: Carleton launches new programs and initiatives for 2010-11

Welcome back! Carleton is offering several new degrees and program streams starting this fall. Please find some of them below.

1) Degree: Master’s of Infrastructure Protection and International Security

Description: Engineers and policy makers will work together to respond to security and safety threats such as terrorism and natural disasters, which can affect infrastructure such as airports, power plants, banks and major transportation facilities. This program is the first of its kind that brings engineering, policy and security risk management specialists together so that they are not exchanging business cards for the first time at a major incident site.

Number of students currently enrolled: 23

Example of a class title: Infrastructure Engineering Principles

Potential employment opportunities: Public Safety Canada, Department of National Defence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Transport Canada, Industry Canada and Infrastructure Canada.

2) Degree: Master’s of Cognitive Science

Description: Students will study how people learn, remember, perceive and reason as the main part of their studies. They will either develop a thesis or work on a significant research project throughout their degree. This is the first master’s degree in cognitive science in Canada and students are accepted from a wide range of backgrounds such as psychology, computer science and engineering.

Number of students currently enrolled: Six

Example of a Class Title: Cognitive Linguistics

Potential employment opportunities: High-tech companies such as IBM or government research departments.

3) Degree: New concentration in international development management offered in the MBA program

Description: Students will study business and management, but also focus on understanding the practices and goals of international development. As a joint program between the Sprott School of Business, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the School of Public Policy and Administration, students can study a variety of elective topics such as health care in developing countries or rural development.

Number of students currently enrolled: N/A

Example of a Class Title: National and Domestic Dimensions of Development

Potential employment opportunities: Leadership positions in an international development agencies, private multi-national businesses and both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

4) Degree: New stream in mobile and social networking applications offered in the bachelor of computer science

Description: Students will learn about the mobile communication devices, computer games and applications and social networking sites that are becoming increasingly present in our everyday lives. Instead of attending lectures, students will learn through hands-on labs.

Number of students currently enrolled: The first class starts in the winter 2011 term and 47 out of 50 spots are already filled.

Example of a Class Title: Introduction to Mobile Application Development

Potential employment opportunities: Students could end up working in application development for any company or person, including banks and transportation centres.

5) Degree: New concentration in transnational law and human rights offered in the BA in law

Description: This stream offers students the opportunity to learn about and consider the potential role, and limits, of law in addressing human rights issues in Canada and beyond. This stream will have students study both Canadian and international legal frameworks.

Number of students currently enrolled: Five

Example of a Class Title: Equality and Discrimination

Potential employment opportunities: In the fields of contract administration, debt collection, legal advising, legal researching, policy analysis and public service.

Other new initiatives:

• New co-op option in French and History, joining the more than 80 academic programs that already offer co-op education;

• Students can now book appointments with academic advisers online using the MySuccess link from Carleton Central;

• Later this fall, a “what-if” audit will be available through Carleton Central, where students can see how their course selection fits into a new program – and how any changes would affect their CGPA;

• The International Student Services Office (ISSO) offers a mentoring program called I-Start, in which new students are matched with an upper-year student; and

• Learning doesn’t have to stop just because you’ve retired! Anyone interested in life-long learning is invited to check out the list of 20 daytime, non-credit courses offered at Carleton as part of its Learning in Retirement program at: http://www2.carleton.ca/cie/learning-in-retirement/courses/fall-2010-session-i/.
Sources: Various Carleton departmental viewbooks, individual departments.

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