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Practicum I: Practical Peace Building

1)         What is it?

This practicum is an exploration of service, entrepreneurship, and other modes of engagement with practical peace building through workplace experience. It is a student-initiated, voluntary placement, for one day per week under supervised practice over one term.

2)         How many hours are required per week?

The practicum is 130 hours over one term. You could divide that up over 13 weeks and work 10 hours per week, or you can arrange another schedule with your workplace supervisor. The work and assignments MUST be completed during the approved term. This is very important because there are WSIB implications, and you are only covered during the approved period.

3)         Can I take PEACEST 3P03 more than once?

There is a possibility to repeat the course. Please contact  outlining your request and please include your name and student number in your inquiry.

4)         What placements are available?

Placement availability differs term to term; it is based on the availability of positions within the organizations. Past organizational placements have included:

  • Culture of Peace Hamilton (CoPH)
  • Ghandhi Peace Festival
  • Government of Ontario
  • Grandmothers of Steel
  • Illuminessence
  • War Child Canada
  • New Vision United Church

5)  Can I initiate my own placement with an organization not included in the above list?

Certainly! Please submit to the Peace Studies program: 1) your cv and 2) a 500 word document (max) with details of the organization (name, location, mission, objectives, projects, placement supervisor contact information) and an explanation of why you want to work at this organization.

Please email to  with a CC to Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty

Your request will be reviewed for approval.

We will also consider credit for previous paid or unpaid work experience, subject to discretion of the Director.

6) What steps do I need to take to enroll?

Approval process  

To be approved to take 3P03, please submit to the Peace Studies program: 1) your cv and 2) a 500 word document (max) with details of the organization (name, location, mission, objectives, projects) and an explanation of why you want to work at this organization.

If you are approved for a placement, you will be given a set of forms that you will need to fill out in consultation with your placement supervisor. The organization you have selected will have to provide us with a description of your placement duties and a letter of appointment (Peace Studies staff can provide you with letter sample).  The student has to sign the letter of appointment to indicate that they have accepted the placement, and provide us with this signed copy.  Once we receive the completed forms, a permission waiver will be granted to you so you can enroll in PEACEST 3P03 for the selected term in Mosaic.

Post- placement
Once the student has completed the placement, the student submits the following:

  1. Student Learning Report(maximum 10 pages, double-spaced, typed) describing the work that was completed, and date and sign it. We ask that the placement supervisor also sign the report and send it with a letter of reference about the student’s performance in the placement.
  2. Activity Log giving the following information in a table or in point form:
  • dates and times worked
  • main activities
  • learning outcomes
  1. Letter from Placement Supervisor on letterhead of the host organization or agency if possible, certifying that the supervisor has read the Student Learning Report and the  Activity Log and that the student’s account is correct. Two copies of this letter should be given to the student: one copy for the McMaster University Peace Studies Program, and one for the student to keep for their records.

The student is responsible for delivering in one email the Student Learning Report, Activity Log, and the Letter from Placement Supervisor to Peace Studies, c/o Aurelia Gatto,  Administrative Assistant

The placement is graded with a Pass/Fail. Once all the paperwork has been received in our office, and assuming that the student report is approved by the organization and that the letter from placement supervisor indicates satisfactory performance, the student will then receive a “Pass” (P).

Timing and signing authority at McMaster
The Director of Peace Studies will assign the student grade in Mosaic.

Aurelia Gatto Pinto
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, McMaster University
Chester New Hall 619
Phone: 1-905-525-9140 ext. 24491

2019-20 Academic Year

  • Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War – Applications are now closed.
  • Gandhi Peace FestivalApplications are now closed.