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GSR Courses

The following non-credit, Graduate Studies and Research courses are open to graduate students from all disciplines:

GSR 984

Thinking Critically—Professional Skills for Global Citizens is an innovative graduate course that provides a supportive and challenging setting for students to build multidisciplinary understandings and skills into their professional and personal lives as they candidly explore diverse issues with peers from disciplines across campus.

By taking GSR 984 you will:

  • Identify a number of professional skills you need to focus on as you develop your professional and personal goals.
  • Become aware of your conceptual frameworks and develop thinking skills, to identify assumptions and biases in your and other’s thinking.
  • Develop an appreciation of differences in the thinking in diverse disciplines and how to interact within multidisciplinary groups.
  • Learn to appreciate the importance of group dynamics for problem solving and learning.
  • Develop a personal understanding of how disciplinary excellence requires reflection on how you think, what you believe, and how you act

GSR 979

Introductory Instructional Skills is a new one-term, 10-week course that introduces graduate students with no prior teaching experience, to basic theories and skills for classroom teaching. This course prepares graduate students for their first teaching assignments.

To successfully complete the course, students will need to:

  • Develop and deliver micro-teaching lesson plans
  • Create an assessment rubric

GSR 989

Philosophy and Practice of University Teaching is a two-term course that delves into teaching theory, philosophy, and skills. Applicants must have completed their first year of graduate school, and must have prior teaching experience.

By taking GSR 989 you will be:  

  • Better prepared to teach, instruct, and communicate as you move into your career as a professor, researcher, or advisor within or beyond the university
  • Exposed to new and innovative ways to teach at the university level
  • Involved in a hands-on learning experience with weekly opportunities to actively practice and discuss the theory and practice of university teaching in a Canadian context

GSR 982

Mentored Teaching is for Ph.D. students who have received a Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowship from the College of Graduate Studies and Research. This faculty-mentored program prepares graduate students to become classroom instructors (term one) with a teaching practicum in their home department (term two).

The purpose of the GSR 982: Mentored Teaching course is for students to refine and assess their teaching style and approach by learning about and applying innovative course design principles, teaching strategies, and assessment and evaluation approaches that are based upon best practices in higher education.  The Fellowship provides opportunities for students to:

  • Learn about the basics of course design and delivery in GSR 982 (offered in Term 1)
  • Implement and apply best practices from GSR 982 by teaching an undergraduate course in Term 2 (under the guidance of a faculty mentor)
  • Be exposed to new and innovative teaching practices, ideas, and approaches 
  • Collaborate and support peers as part of an interdisciplinary learning experience across disciplinary fields
  • Use the teaching portfolio as a reflective tool to refine and assess their teaching style and approach

GSR 960

Introduction to Ethics and Integrity is a required course for all first year graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. The purpose of this course is to discuss ethical issues that graduate students may face during their time at the University. All students will complete modules dealing with integrity and scholarship, graduate student-supervisor relationships, conflict of interest, conflict resolution and intellectual property and credit.

GSR 961

Ethics and Integrity in Human Research introduces students to the ethics of research with human subjects. Students will complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethics Conduct for Research involving Humans (TCPS) Tutorial and become familiar with the human ethics processes at the University of Saskatchewan

GSR 962

Ethics and Integrity in Animal Research introduces students to the ethics of research with animal subjects. Students will complete the Canadian Council for Animal Care tutorial and become familiar with the animal ethics processes at the University of Saskatchewan.

GSR 981

Canadian Academic Acculturation and Literacy for International Graduate Students is intended for new international graduate students. This four week, full-time course provides an introduction to the Canadian academic environment and an intensive English language skills practicum in an academic context. Lectures, tutorials and seminars are used to provide an academic experience designed to enhance student ability to conduct independent research, and critical reading and expression, both orally and written. Imbedded in this course is GSR 960.0 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity. Facilitated delivery and subsequent tutorials focus on the practical application of academic honesty, the role of graduate students, supervisors and graduate chairs, and the expectations of a Canadian academic culture.