School of Rural Extension Studies
John Fitzgibbon (125 Johnston, Ext. 56784)
Glen Filson (112 Johnston, Ext. 56231)
Nancy Orso (122 Johnston, Ext. 56780)
Glen C. Filson
BA, BEd, MEd Saskatchewan, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor
Jana D. Janakiram
BSc Madras, MSc Indian Agricultural Research Institute (New
Delhi), PhD Western Australia - Associate Professor
Allan C. Lauzon
BA, MSc Guelph, EdD Toronto - Associate Professor
James P. Mahone
BSc U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Connecticut), PhD Michigan State - Professor
Jorge Nef Lic Chile
PhD California - Professor
BS, PhD Nebraska - Associate Professor
Douglas H. Pletsch
BSA Toronto, MSc, PhD Ohio State - Professor
From the Department of Sociology and Anthropology:
BSHE West Virginia, MSc, PhD Pennsylvania State - University
The School of Rural Extension Studies offers programs of study leading to the MSc
degree. Faculty strengths and academic resources provide for two areas of concentration
- rural extension processes and communication technology .
The School of Rural Extension Studies offers a professionally oriented program
leading to the MSc degree in rural extension studies. The program covers a broad range
of topics including rural extension systems and teaching techniques, interpersonal
communication, technology transfer approaches, communication technologies and
international extension programs. A variety of learning formats are offered by the program
including independent study, distance education, seminars, a practicum, international
courses and research colloquia.
Graduate students focus on one of the two areas of concentration, namely rural
extension processes or communication technology as related to rural and remote regions.
The department offers four core courses and fifteen other courses. Other courses of
interest are available in other academic units including the School of Landscape
Architecture, School of Rural Planning and Development, and the Departments
of Agricultural Economics and Business, Geography, History, and Sociology and
The program is open to qualified graduates from a wide variety of disciplines including
agriculture, home economics, sociology, communication, education, health and medicine,
history, and economics. A four-year honours degree is considered as the normal and
basic admission requirement. All incoming students are expected to have completed at
least one third- or fourth-year-level undergraduate statistics course. Work experience in a
rural area or non-urban community is considered especially useful in applying theory to
practice and in identifying research needs and topics.
Students in the School of Rural Extension Studies have employment backgrounds
in areas such as agricultural extension, rural and volunteer organizations, community
development, education, family and consumer studies, social work, communication
technology, health, international project management, and technology transfer.
A minimum of two full-time semesters of course work, or the equivalent, must be
completed. Thesis and major paper options are available. For the thesis option, 4.0 credits
plus a research thesis are required; for the major paper option, 5.0 credits plus the Major
Research Paper are required. All students must complete the core courses (described in
the course list for this program).
All students take a comprehensive exam near the end of the course work. Students
select an adviser and a research committee who will assist them in course selection,
research and thesis development.
All students will be required to complete a thesis or major research paper. Normally a
supervised practicum or internship will be required, unless the student has substantial
International Development Studies Collaborative Program
The School of Rural Extension Studies participates in the collaborative international
development studies (CIDS) program. Students take a minimum of 2.5 course credits in
the school and a minimum of 2.5 credits in international development studies. The
MSc degree for students in this program will have the specialist designation rural
extension studies: international development studies. Please consult the International
Development Studies listing for a detailed description of the collaborative program
including the special additional requirements for each of the participating departments.
School of Rural Planning and Development Shared MSc Program
The School offers a shared program with the School of Rural Planning
and Development (SRP&D). The option is available to students with either a Canadian or
international focus. The options differ by SRP&D core course requirements. The MSc
degree is granted from the School of Rural Extension Studies but will indicate a focus
on rural planning and development issues.
Rural Studies PhD Program
The shared program will include:
Two core courses from the School of Rural Extension Studies
Three core courses from the School of Rural Planning and Development
- REXT*6070 Foundations of Rural Extension
- REXT*6060 Adult Learning and Development
ALL students in the shared program take a research methods course from either school:
- RPD*6240 Planning and Development Theory
- RPD*6280 Rural Planning Methods
RPD*6030 International Rural Development Planning: Principles and
- RPD*6300 Rural Planning Synthesis
RPD*6400 Synthesis: Seminar in Integrated Rural Development Planning
Both thesis and major paper options are offered. The thesis option requires an
additional three elective courses. The major paper option requires five additional
electives, the majority of which must be taken from the School of Rural Extension
- REXT*6260 Research Design in Rural Extension Studies
RPD*6170 Philosophy and Methods in Rural Planning and Development
Students in the shared program will have a research adviser from each school.
The School of Rural Extension Studies is a major participant in the PhD in rural
studies in the field of sustainable rural communities. Included in the graduate faculty for this
program are G.C. Filson, J. Janakiram, A. Lauzon, J. Mahone, D.H. Pletsch, and J. Nef. This PhD program provides opportunities for students to be advised by faculty in this school. PhD students will enroll in the interdepartmental Rural Studies program.
| Course/(Credit Value)
Foundations of Capacity Building and Extension (0.5)
|| Contemporary issues and changes in rural communities and the
implications for building community capacity. Students will be
introduced to and examine dominant paradigms of community capacity
building for meeting rural needs: Human Resources Development
and Participatory Development.
Research Methods (0.5)
|| Provides students with abilities and knowledge to undertake,
formulate and implement research in their chosen area of development.
Students are expected to acquire the ability to identify research
question and the appropriate designs to answer such questions.
|Rural Extension Processes
Fundamentals of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
|| The role of communication in interpersonal and intercultural
relations in both formal and non-formal organizations. It specifically
focuses on the theories and competencies that are required for
communication between individuals and those within and between
Extension Theory and Methods (0.5)
|| Theories, principles and practices associated with effective
instruction in extension are taught. Emphasis is given to non-formal
teaching-learning situations; importance of socio-economic and
cultural environment; communication skills using creative and
appropriate technology in the transfer of information.
Capacity Building for Sustainable Development (0.5)
|| Learning processes enhancing human capital in civil society
and the organizational and managerial capabilities that can empower
communities to meet their economic, social, cultural and environmental
needs. Examines development and underdevelopment and the role
of non-formal education and administration in facilitation social
change in peripheral regions from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Facilitation and Conflict Management (0.5)
||Explore the theories of leadership, practice leadership skills
and activities, and develop an understanding of the role facilitation
and conflict management play in organizational success. Emphasizes
personal individual development through practice, lecture and
group discussion. Visits to community-facilitated meetings will
be part of the course.
Development Communication (0.5)
|| Form of community development that utilizes communication technology
in a participatory format with a political commitment to democracy
and equity. Students introduced to range of technologies that
are utilized in development communication (radio, video, Internet,
etc.) and principles of development communication.
|Other (May be applicable in either or both of the above fields)
Adult Learning and Development (0.5)
|| Adult development through life stages; profile of adult learners;
learning abilities and difficulties; learning theory as applied
to adults; sociological contexts for adult learning; participation
levels and barriers to participation. Various perspectives on
adult learning (modernist to postmodern).|
Special Topics in Capacity Building and Extension (0.5)
|| Selected study topics which may be pursued in accordance with the special needs
of students in the program.
Readings in Capacity Building and Extension (0.5)
|| A program of supervised independent study related to the student's area of
Decision Making and Conflict (0.5)
|| A systemic,comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, the linkage
between decision processes, and conflict, both at the micro (community
and interpersonal) level and at the broader macro level of structural
change and globalization. Examines the theory and practice of
socio-economic, cultural and political conflict in social systems
and the modalities for its resolution from an interdisciplinary
Major Research Paper (1.0)
|| Students select a topic and write a paper that does not necessarily include original
data but is an analysis and synthesis of materials dealing with the topic selected.
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