Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) 701

Interdisciplinary Studies Project (Revision 1)

Delivery Mode: Individualized-Study

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Permission of the Director. Normally taken as the last course in the program.

Precluded Course: MAIS 700

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program: Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies

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**Note: Students in Group Study courses are advised that this syllabus may vary in key details in each instance of the course. Always refer to the Moodle site for the most up-to-date details on texts, assignment structure, and grading.**


The purpose of the project is to allow students to carry out extended research under the direction of a course professor/s. The scope of the project must fall within the research area of faculty associated with the MAIS. It may involve field, archival, and library research and normally results in the production of a major report or paper. The project allows students to explore an intellectual question, to relate their research to a work situation, or to engage a community problem. Theoretical and empirical approaches should draw from the student's course work and demonstrate an integrative approach to knowledge creation.

A learning contract between the supervisor and student must specify the project to be undertaken. Students will normally undertake the MAIS Project as the final course in their program. Students proposing research involving human subjects will be required to submit a written proposal acceptable to their supervisor, prior to seeking ethics approval for their research.

In general, the MAIS project paper or project report should be between 6,000 and 7,500 words (it may be slightly larger, but not to exceed fifty pages), and reflect significant use of primary materials and research.

Submission of Final Project to the MAIS Office

For details on submitting your MAIS 701 project to the MAIS Office, please refer to the bottom of the Final Project web page.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, September 1, 2001.