Resources for Students
- Undergraduate Courses
- Graduate Studies
- Scholarships and Awards for the Study of Co-operatives
- Student Theses – Co-op Collection
- Seminar Series at the Centre
- How to Start A Student Co-operative
Academic Information for Students
The Centre was conceived as a research and teaching centre that would bring together faculty members from different disciplines to study the issues surrounding co-operatives and co-operation. To accomplish its goals, the Centre has a unique structure. The four academic members—currently from agricultural economics, history, political studies, and sociology—are hired into their home departments, where tenure and promotion decisions are made, and where they are expected to teach and do research. At the same time, they also come together at the Centre, which has its own set of offices, to work on co-operative topics. They are joined by associate researchers and visiting scholars whose research overlaps with and contributes to the research of the Centre’s faculty.
The result of this structure is a group of people who address a common set of questions and issues through different disciplinary lenses. The researchers have found that it is only by examining co-operatives from these different angles that they can begin to fully understand them. Universities are increasingly adopting this approach to problem solving, and the Centre has played a valuable role in demonstrating how interdisciplinary work can be fruitfully undertaken.
The Centre does not offer a program of study in co-operatives at the undergraduate level. Research faculty from the Centre teach classes in their home departments on co-operatives and undergraduate students wishing to learn about co-operatives may take these courses as part of their larger program in colleges such as arts and science, agriculture, commerce, or education. However, students must be enrolled in one of the currently existing programs on campus to be able to take these courses in co-operatives.
At the graduate level (MSc and PhD), students interested in researching co-operatives have two options. The first is to enter one of the existing graduate programs on campus (e.g., history, agricultural economics, marketing, sociology) and then do a specialization in co-operatives as part of their research or thesis work. The other option is to enter a special case interdisciplinary MSc or PhD program. Experience with this second option is very limited. Students wishing to follow this option must have a clear research project in mind and must be willing to work independently. In either case, faculty from the Centre can be approached to provide teaching, supervision, or advice. Students need to consult with the faculty of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives before pursuing either option.
For more information contact the office at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives:
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK S7H 5B8