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Course Selection and Registration

Selection and Registration Instructions: 2021-2022

Students in the MA program in Immigration and Settlement Studies are required to complete eight (8) program courses plus a Major Research Paper (MRP). The program requirements are designed to be completed by full- time students within three consecutive terms and by part-time students within six (6) consecutive terms. Most students do complete the degree requirements within these timelines.

Continuous registration in each term is required for all graduate students unless a student has been approved Leave of Absence1 due to illness, maternity/paternity or compassionate reasons. Graduate students pay program fees based on the status as a full-time or part-time student and not based on the number of courses a student enrolled in.

A Part-time student pays about 50% of the full-time program fees in a term. Two master’s part-time terms are equivalent to one master’s full-time term. A part-time student must enroll in the program for a minimum of six (6) terms to equate the minimum program fees paid by a full-time student. If a part-time student completes the degree requirements in less than six terms, the minimum degree fees will be assessed and the student will be asked to pay the balance before graduation2.

For the maximum time within which the master’s degree must be completed, refer to the Program Options.


Graduate Status, Enrolment and Evaluation – Policy 164, Procedures, Section 9, Leave of Absence 
2 Graduate Status, Enrolment and Evaluation – Policy 164, Procedures, Section 12, Minimum Degree Fees

To meet the MA degree requirements of this program, both full-time and part-time students, must successfully complete five (5) required courses, three (3) elective courses and the Major Research Paper (MRP). Students are strongly advised to review the program curriculum for the degree requirements published in the online Graduate Studies Calendar. The most up-to-date online calendar should be used. The online calendar also contains calendar course descriptions.

Full-time students will complete four (4) required and three (3) elective courses over the 1st and 2nd Terms (Fall and Winter terms), leaving both the IS8100 Field Placement and the Master’s Major Research Paper (MRP) to be completed in the third term (Spring/Summer term).


  Fall (Sept – Dec) Winter (Jan – Apr) S/S (May to Aug)
[a] Required courses IS 8901, IS 8903 IS 8100A, IS8902, IS8904 IS 8100B, MRP
[b] Electives sample 1 2 electives
1 electives
[c] Electives sample 2 1 electives
2 electives

Full-time students are free to decide in which of the Fall or Winter terms they wish to take 1 or 2 electives in a term. In order to graduate in a timely fashion, however, full-time students must take all required courses when they are offered. Your choice is how to spread your 3 elective courses over the Fall and Winter terms.

The program’s advice is – DO NOT take all 3 electives in the same term (in addition to your required courses). Decide whether you want a heavier course load in the Fall or Winter term. For a heavier load in the Fall term, use the [a+b] pattern above (required courses + 2 electives in Fall). For a heavier load in the Winter term, use the [a+c] pattern (required courses + 2 electives in Winter). Clearly, the preference for particular elective courses will be a factor in a student’s selection.

Part-time students may enroll in up to a maximum of two (2) one-credit courses in a term. The only exception to this rule is described below (section [D]) about “IS 8100 A/B Seminar and Field Placement”.

There is no fixed sequencing for part-time students to follow in course selection. The program’s advice is to complete IS 8904 Research Methods in the first winter term. Part-time students should bear in mind that elective choices may vary from year to year, as will the course timetables of all classes.

Each graduate class is typically scheduled to a 3-hour slot, and meets once a week for a total of 12 weeks of classes per term. Significant academic dates in each term are published in the Graduate Studies Significant Dates web site. Use the “normal twelve-week term” version.

You are able to look up significant academic dates for each term, such as, when classes start, when classes end, last date to add a course, last date to drop a course, when final grades are posted online for student’s access etc.

In the Course Selection document, DAY Schedule means that a course will be offered in any 3-hour block between 8 am to 6 pm on any one day between Monday and Friday. EVENING Schedule means that a course will be offered at 6-9 pm on any one day between Monday and Thursday. Course schedules will vary from year to year. The program reserves the right to change these scheduling parameters due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Required courses are offered once in each academic year. A different set of elective courses will be offered in each academic year. Not all electives listed in the program’s curriculum are being offered in an academic year. The schedule of a course varies every time when it is being offered.

Class schedule information provided in the Course Selection document is TENTATIVE information and is subject to change. Students will know the confirmed class schedules including the classroom assignments online AFTER they have enrolled in courses. The “weekly schedules” in a student’s Student Center in RAMSS show the courses a student is formally enrolled/registered in and the schedules are the confirmed course schedules.

Course Choices in 2021-22 (F2021, W2022 and S/S2022)

The course options listed in the course selection form normally do not change.

The ISS program typically does not offer any program courses in the S/S term (May to August) except for the IS8100B Seminar and Field Placement. Part-time students who wish to enroll in a class in May-August may consider courses offered by other social science or arts graduate programs at Ryerson 3; however, formal enrollment in a non-ISS graduate course is subject to (i) space availability in the course, and (ii) the ISS program director’s approval to use the non-program course towards the ISS MA degree.

3 Refer to the ‘Course Substitution Guidelines’

In general, course enrollment is based on space availability and on a first come first served basis. Students are advised to enroll in courses as soon as possible after the online enrollment opens.

Required courses

Full-time students are strongly advised to voluntarily select and enroll in an evening section of one of the required courses in each term.

IS 8904 Research Methods: Full-time students must take this course in the Winter term.

Part-time students are strongly advised to complete this course in the 1st Winter term. This will give them ample time after the first Winter term to prepare/refine the MRP proposal and to look for a suitable MRP faculty supervisor.

IS 8100A/B Seminar and Field Placement 4 is a one-credit required course that needs two consecutive terms of course registration: IS 8100 A in the Winter term and IS 8100 B in the Spring/Summer term.

  • Unlike other program courses, where students can self-enroll, the Program Administrator will enroll all students into IS8100A in the Winter term and IS8100B in the Spring/Summer term.

  • Students who are not enrolled in IS8100 A in the Winter term are not permitted to enroll in IS8100 B in the Spring/Summer term.

  • IS 8100A in the Winter term has periodic class meetings; generally every two or three weeks. A schedule of meetings will be provided by the Field Placement Coordinator towards the end of the Fall term. The workload in IS 8100 A in the Winter term will be minimal. The periodic IS8100 meetings in the Winter term aim at preparing students in selecting and applying for a suitable field placement. The actual field placement and a few periodic class meetings will take place in the Spring/Summer term (May-August).
  • Part-time students may choose to complete the IS 8100A/B course in the first year or second year in the program. Those part-time students register in IS 8100 A in a Winter term may enroll in two additional courses in the same term – this is the only time when a part-time student is permitted to enroll in three courses.

Elective courses

The program aims at maintaining an optimal class size in each of the elective classes.

Spaces in elective courses are available on a first come first served basis. If one or more of the elective courses are full and not available at time of registration, you will have to choose one or more of the other electives offered in a particular term.

Non-ISS elective courses have to be registered in via course substitution process and are not open for self- enrollment for ISS students.

Other requirements

● Major Research Paper (MRP)
Generally, successful completion of IS8904 Research Methods is required before the MRP Milestone enrollment. A research proposal approved by MRP faculty supervisor is also required to request for the formal enrollment in the research milestone. Refer to the “MRP Guideline” available online for detailed information in the Forms & Guidelines link in the Students menu link on the program website.

● GD 1000
Graduate students, both full-time and part-time, are required to maintain continuous active registration in the program. GD 1000 is a ‘place-holder course’ and is not a real course; there is no credit or grade attached to it. Graduate students are automatically enrolled in GD1000 by the Program Administrator every term for administrative purposes while they are actively registered in the program.



4 Please visit ‘ISS 8100 Field Placement Guide’ on our website



  • Online course enrollment period for Fall 2021 starts on Monday August 23, 2021 and ends on Friday, September 17, 2021.

  • Students can enroll in the courses of their choice (one section of each of the required courses and 1 or 2 electives) on a first come first served basis and subject to space availability. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in courses as soon as the self-enrollment period starts. Please read information provided in Sections B and D above before selecting your courses. Please enroll only in one or two elective courses that you would like to take in the Fall term, so there is enough space for everyone to enroll, given the limited number of seats in each class.

  • Students will be able to enroll in Fall 2021 term courses only during the online self-enrolment period stated above. Winter 2022 term enrollment will be available later in the Fall 2021 term and the program will inform all students when the online enrollment will open for the Winter 2022 term, including the exact schedule of the Winter term courses.

  • Students may change course registration AFTER they are enrolled in courses (as shown in the Student Centre in RAMSS) up to certain date. Refer to the information stated in the chart below for the appropriate deadline indicated for adding and/or dropping a course in a term.

  • If a student is enrolled in a course that s/he is not attending, a failure grade will be assigned in the end of the academic term. For the final date to drop a course in a term and how you may drop a course, refer to the section below.
  • New students who have admission conditions stated in the formal admission, follow instructions and the deadline stated in the formal admission letter to submit the final official transcript(s) to Graduate Studies Admissions for re-assessment of the conditions. The RAMSS system does not allow course registration for new students who have outstanding admissions conditions.
  • For self-enrollment navigation instructions, please visit the following pages: 

    How to Enroll (without validation)

    How to drop a class

    For more information on how to use Ryerson’s online RAMSS system

    Students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with step-by-step procedure of online course enrollment prior to starting the process of self-enrollment.

  Fall 2021 Winter 2022 SS 2022
Last date to make course registration changes: 
ADDING ***Subject to space availability***

Sep 17

Jan 28

May 13

Last date to make course registration changes: 
DROPPING (in good academic standing)

Nov 19

April 1

July 15

2021-22 Course Selection

Course code



Professor TENTATIVE Schedule
IS8901 The Canadian Immigration Experience - day section - in person Required Harald Bauder Tue 12:00-15:00
  The Canadian Immigration Experience - evening section - virtual   Harald Bauder Mon 18:00-21:00
IS8903 Immigration Law, Policies, Politics, Practices - day section - virtual Required Anver Saloojee Mon 9:00-12:00
  Immigration Law, Policies, Politics, Practices - evening section - virtual   Conely De Leon Thu 18:00-21:00


Women, Immigration and Settlement - virtual

Electives Sedef Arat-Koc
Wed 12:00-15:00

Race and Racialization - virtual

Electives Cheryl Teelucksingh Wed 18:00-21:00
IS8931 Refugee Issues - in person
Electives Idil Atak Tue 15:00-18:00
Course code Title Required/Elective Professor TENTATIVE Schedule
IS8100A Seminar & Field Placement 1 Required Farishta Dinshaw, Tuesday 18:00-21:00
[Periodic class meetings]
IS8902 The Settlement Experience in Canada Required Sutama Ghosh
Thursday 9:00-12:00
      Mehrunnisa Ali
Wednesday 18:00-21:00
IS8904 Research Methods Required Henry Parada Monday 14:00-17:00
      Henry Parada
Monday 18:00-21:00
IS8924 The Economics of Immigration Elective John Isbister Wednesday 14:00-17:00
IS8923 Immigrant Voices in Canadian Literature
Elective Kathleen Kellett
Thursday 18:00-21:00
Course Code Title Required/Elective TENTATIVE Schedule
IS8100B Seminar & Field Placement Required Continuous enrollment in both W2021 and SS2021 terms is required.
Periodic class meetings (6-9 pm) in May-August may or may not be scheduled to the same week night as it is in the Winter term

To request formal registration in the MRP research milestone, submit the MRP Proposal Approval form to the Program by the stated deadline. The form must be signed by both the student & the MRP faculty supervisor. See the MRP Guidelines for further information. 


For course descriptions of the courses offered in 2021-22, please refer to the pages below.

For a complete list of course descriptions visit the most current Yeates School of Graduate Studies Calendar.

As a capstone project, students will conduct specialized research on a topic of their choice. A draft proposal for this topic will be developed through the required course IS8904 - Research Methods. The MRP research and writing will be conducted under supervision of a faculty member selected by the student. The MRP will be evaluated by the supervisor and a second reader, and will involve an oral rev iew. This is a “Milestone”. Pass/Fail

IS8100 A/B Seminar and Field Placement

This course prepares students to complete a 150-hour field placement at an organization engaged in immigration or settlement policy or programs, allowing students to link classroom learning to work experience. During the Winter term, students attend presentations by practitioners on policy, service delivery, and advocacy. Typically, students complete their placement during the Spring/Summer term. Post-placement, students share their placement experiences at a symposium and submit a reflective report on their personal and professional learning. Pass/Fail

IS 8901 The Canadian Immigration Experience

This course examines the Canadian immigration experience as an interplay of government policy towards newcomers, and the lives immigrants have made for themselves through migration. Key themes explored in the Canadian approaches to immigrant admission and integration include the significance of state authority, economic interests, presumptions of race and gender as drivers of immigration policy. Transnationalism is then emphasized as central to understanding the experience of immigrants attached to both Canada and their homeland. 1 Credit

IS 8902 The Settlement Experience in Canada

This course examines the experiences of immigrants and refugees who have settled in Canada, and the social, cultural and political processes of their integration and/or marginalization. In this context, it explores immigrant-based institutions and social movements, and equitable approaches to service provision and community development. Comparisons will occasionally be made to other countries. Students will develop an understanding of the migrants’ lived experiences and the practical interventions that may reproduce or challenge processes of marginalization. 1 Credit

IS 8903 Imm Law, Policies, Politics, & Practices

Immigration policy and law determine who is admitted to Canada. The formulation and implementation of immigration policy involves the complex integration of factors such as demographic trends, labour market conditions, human rights and the well-being and opportunity of immigrants. This course examines the politics of the decision-making process which defines Canadian immigration policy. Students will be encouraged to focus on policy analysis from the perspective of the immigrant, practitioner and the critic of immigration policy. 1 Credit

IS 8904 Research Meth. in Imm. & Sett. Studies

This course is designed to prepare students to work on their required Major Research Paper (MRP) with a faculty supervisor. The principal components of this preparation are an articulation of one’s research topic of interest, a thorough review of the existing literature on the topic, an overview of available methods, an explicit consideration of ethical issues in their research and student conference-style presentations to their classmates of their research ideas and methodological choices. 1 Credit

IS8923 Immigrants' Voices in Canadian Literature

The radical transformation of Canadian Literature into a robust body of writing occurred during the twentieth century, a period of intense immigration to this country. This course will examine a range of work by newly arrived and not-so newly arrived writers and will consider how identity is affected by the physical and cultural upheaval that characterizes the immigrant’s experience. Whether and how the “self” is (re)constituted through immigration narratives will be considered. 1 Credit

IS 8924 The Economics of Immigration

Labour economic theory and economic models of migration are applied to the context of immigration with particular emphasis on labour market outcomes of immigrants compared to the Canadian-born population. The topics include: effects of immigration on labour market outcomes; immigrants' earnings; and public spending and social assistance. Economic push and pull factors behind immigration flows are also examined, along with issues such as economic effects of migration on the source country. 1 Credit

IS 8926 Women, Immigration, and Settlement

This course offers an analytical and theoretical orientation to understanding how immigrant women’s lives are shaped by the intersection between gender, social class, race, ethnicity, and immigrant status. We will explore the history of Canadian immigrant women through the periods of colonization, agrarian transformation, nation state formation, industrialization, and globalization. Through these time periods, we will uncover patterns in the shaping of immigrant women’s economic, political, and social rights, together with the attendant changing historical images of immigrant women. Particular attention will be paid to the changing nature of immigration policy, and immigrant women’s settlement experiences – focusing on the multiple effects of immigrant status, gender, and race on employment and community life. 1 Credit

IS 8930 Race and Racialization

This course is constructed on the premise that racism and ethnocentrism have been and continue to be prominent features of Canadian society, which have challenged the dominant institutions. The course will examine the historical roots, contemporary manifestations and continual reproduction of racism, starting at the point of first contact between European colonizers and Aboriginal peoples, and continuing to draw examples from the subsequent patterns of immigration including the most recent attention to racialized minority immigrants. 1 Credit

IS 8931 Refugee Issues

Refugees are populations and individuals who have been displaced across and within borders for reasons of persecution, expulsion, war, violence, and violations of fundamental human rights, security, and livelihood, including environmental causes. This course will address the accommodation, protection, and assistance for refugees through asylum, settlement, resettlement and reintegration. The policies and actions of governments and non-governmental organizations are explored critically, based on an analysis of the multiple consequences on refugees' lives, of their displacement. 1 Credit