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Community-based experiential learning

From internships, to practicums, to field trips, community-based experiential learning (CBEL) gives students the opportunity to apply and enrich their knowledge in real-world situations. Visit our faculty by faculty inventory of CBEL courses to see which community-based learning opportunity is right for you!
During the 2015-2016 academic year, student researchers were hired by the Office of Community Engagement to work on the Living Knowledge Research Project. The goals of this project were to conduct a quantitative analysis of the CBEL opportunities in Concordia’s undergraduate curriculum, to explore the values, principles and practices behind CBEL and to collect ideas about what institutional programs and structures might be able to better support this work. You can read a summary of their finding here.
Want to see CBEL in Action? Check out the videos below.



PERC 482 - The Artist in Residence  

Fine Arts - Theatre

This studio course takes a hands-on, place-based approach to exploring the ethical and practical considerations facing artists and others wishing to work “in residence” with community partners. Students investigate how theatre artists might collaborate with other disciplines to explore social change within specific organizations and/or neighbourhoods. This course has a site specific public performance outcome.




DART 453 - Design and Community Engagement  

Fine Arts - Design and Computation Arts

A special project-based studio that provides students the opportunities to dialogue with and engage with Montreal-based outreach programs, community centres and not-for-profit organizations. Concordia students apply their communication and technical skill sets to collaborate with community partners and participants on specific design projects.


Learning through conversation

University of the Streets Café
University of the Streets Café

Without grades or diplomas, University of the Streets Café reinvents the idea of the ‘university’ by creating spaces for lifelong learning, critical thinking and community engagement in local neighbourhoods.

Support for faculty and staff

Living Knowledge Community of Practice

Concordia staff and faculty who organize community-based experiential learning opportunities (or who wish to integrate these activities in their work!) are invited to take part in the Living Knowledge Community Practice. This group gathers twice a semester to share ideas and learn collectively.

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