1429574308_BahamasIn Winter 2016, SOC 803 International Community Engagement will be offered by the Sociology Department as a credit course taught in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, in the northern Bahamas, at the Every Child Counts School (ECC) for children with special needs.


(For undergraduates going into 3rd or 4th year in September only).

The course is taught for 10 days during the winter 2016 study break with some required classes at Ryerson in January 2016. The course offers an intensive educational opportunity for Faculty of Arts students to contribute to a social justice educational project and to learn about development issues from Bahamian community leaders. It teaches the tourist postcard depiction of the Bahamas is not the lived reality for most Bahamians. The course involves intensive learning through assigned readings, community talks, tours and educational activities, as well as adapting to a new culture. It is not a holiday in the sun.

The course will be taught by  Professor Jean Golden, the founder and director of the Ryerson Bahamas Educational Project since 2011. SOC 803 was taught by Professor Golden in the winter of 2015.


– Review eligibility, cost information and application requirements here
– Learn more about the course at the website
– Learn about the Every Child Counts (ECC) school by viewing website and the documentary

Application Deadline: Monday, August 10.
Details on application form here