This course is designed to prepare students in the International Development Studies Co-op programs with the skills, tools and preparation to be successful during the placement year. Building on the skills developed in the first two years of the program, students will explore placement opportunities based on their skill set and interests. The course will include presentations from International Development Studies placement partners, group exercises, and individual assignments designed to prepare students for the placement experience. Pre-departure orientation activities will include intercultural learning, health and safety issues, placement research, and other key topics. A weekend retreat with returned placement students (fifth-year) provides an opportunity for sharing first-hand experience and knowledge.
1. IDS Co-op students must successfully complete this course prior to their placement.
2. The course runs from September to May.