Frequently Asked Questions by practicum students.
The Practicum offers the prospect of relevant employment experience, employability skills, and the application of knowledge to a human rights organization. A Practicum differs from a Thesis in its emphasis on the application of theory; however, it is similar in scope, span, and rigour. The Practicum does require a 7,500-10,000-word major research paper after the site placement. The Thesis offers the opportunity to do in-depth original research and might be particularly attractive for those who intend to pursue doctorates and academic careers.
Prior to commencing your placement, you must create a Learning Contract with the MHR Professional Development Coordinator (PDC) that outlines concrete and measurable learning objectives. You must sign all the required Practicum documentation (these are Appendices in the Manual), including a Code of Conduct. On site, you must complete 300 unpaid, supervised hours in your practicum site, and log your hours and activities daily. The log of these hours must be signed by the Site Supervisor. When the hours are completed, you are required to write and pass a 7,500-10,000 major research paper, related to the work at your site. Throughout the academic year, you are to attend all mandatory MHR meetings and participate in a 3 professional development workshops.
By January 15 of your first year, you submit a Practicum Outline to the MHR Director and PDC outlining 3 key interests and suggesting 3 human rights organizations that you think align with your interests for placement. The outline should also include a one-page statement of interest outlining the precise skills and training you seek to develop during your practicum placement.
Any organization that does human-rights related work (this often means addressing injustices) may qualify, but all placements must be approved by the MHR Director through the Professional Development Coordinator.
At the site you become a part of the organization. You may learn to write grants, reports, develop policy positions, lead workshops, etc. The kind of work you do will depend on the kinds of skills and training you are seeking.
You will work closely with the MHR Professional Development Coordinator and together you will find a meaningful placement.
Yes. In fact, we expect you to recommend organizations that might interest you. There is no need to contact the sites at this point but do explore their websites and learn what you can.
Often the sites will ask for an interview and your CV or resume. This is part of making certain your placement will be good for both parties.
Some sites offer multiple placement opportunities, but ultimately the site chooses who will work with them for the MHR practicum.
Yes, but this is somewhat complicated so discuss your ideas with the MHR Director or the Professional Development Coordinator.
Throughout the COVID19 pandemic, all Practica are remote placements; when circumstances permit, we will prefer in-person placements due to the opportunity for workplace immersion they present.
It often takes two-three months to set up new site Practicums in Winnipeg and up to six months outside of Winnipeg and Canada. Established sites take much less time.
The Practicum requires 300 hours. Once those hours are completed, if the agency wishes to continue their working relationship with you it takes place outside of the framework of the Master of Human Rights Practicum.
Yes, the MHR Practicum fee for 2020-21 is set at $500 per Practicum. The University also charges Continuing Fees until your degree is complete. It is your responsibility to understand and pay these fees.
The MHR Director has general authority of the program and will ultimately approve all placements and successful completion of the Practica.
The MHR Professional Development Coordinator oversees the practicum process, including the development of learning objectives, determining suitable placements, and the delivery of multiple professional learning opportunities for MHR students throughout the academic year. The MHR PDC is your main contact throughout your practicum placement.
The Practicum Faculty Advisor is chosen by the student with the assistance of the MHR Director and guides the conceptualization, development, and final assessment of the major research paper. Their role is most active after the placement hours are complete, but it is preferable to begin collaboration with your faculty advisor early in the placement process.
These are official reports of your progress through your Master’s degree. They are completed with your Faculty Advisor and submitted to Grad Studies by June 1 every year.
This is a publishable quality academic paper that critically reflects and contextualizes the impact and influence of your Practicum within the broader field of human rights. It can be no longer than 10,000 words including Bibliography and Notes. The MRP is supervised by your Faculty Advisor.
The Practicum Symposium takes place at the end of November. Student research from both the Practicum and the Thesis streams present their major research papers/theses from a Briefing Note format.
The University has mandated that our Practica take place remotely until they announce that there is no COVID19 health risk for in-person placements. However, you are expected to participate in in-person events at your Practicum site when invited in the context of respected health restrictions.
You do, but our Program Assistant can confirm any outstanding requirements.