Courses Overview

ARST Courses
* Core Course † Required Course
ARST 500 (3) Information Technology and Archives
ARST 510 (3) Archival Diplomatics *
ARST 515 (3) Arrangement and Description of Archives *
ARST 516 (3) Management of Current Records *
ARST 517 (3) History of Record Keeping
ARST 520 (3) Selection and Acquisition of Archival Documents
ARST 530 (3) The History of the Canadian Administrative System
ARST 540 (3) Archival Public Services
ARST 545 (3) Advanced Arrangement and Description of Archival Documents
ARST 550 (3) Management of Audio-Visual and Non-Textual Archives
ARST 554 (3) Database Design [cross-listed with LIBR 554]
ARST 555 (3) The Preservation of Digital Records
ARST 556E (3) Records Systems in the Digital Environment [cross-listed with LIBR 514G]
ARST 556G (1) Archival Description Using Open Source Software [cross-listed with LIBR 559T]
ARST 556H (3) Digital Diplomatics and Digital Records Forensics
ARST 556K (3) Research Data Management for Information Professional [cross-listed with LIBR 559S]
ARST 556M (3) Digital Libraries [cross-listed with LIBR 581]
ARST 556P (3) Digital Images and Text Collections [cross-listed with LIBR 582]
ARST 560 (3) Records and Information Governance [cross-listed with LIBR 514H]
ARST 565 (3) Administering Records Under Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Legislation [cross-listed with LIBR 514J]
ARST 570 (3) Management of Information Organizations [cross-listed with LIBR 504]
ARST 573 (3) Archival Systems and the Profession *
ARST 575F (1) The Digital Photographic Record
ARST 575H (3) Information Visualization and Visual Analytics [cross-listed with LIBR 514F]
ARST 575J (3) IT Security, Information Assurance and Risk Management [cross-listed with LIBR 514K]
ARST 575K (3) Personal Archives
ARST 575R (3) Graduating Project [cross-listed with LIBR 569R]
ARST 580 (3) Records, Archives, and the Law
ARST 587 (3) Preservation [cross-listed with LIBR 587]
ARST 591 (3) Archival Research and Scholarship
ARST 592 (3) Directed Research Project

ARST 593 (3) Seminar
ARST 594 (3) Directed Study
ARST 595 (3) Internship
ARST 596 (3) Professional Experience [cross-listed with LIBR 596]
ARST 599 (12) Thesis
ARST 600 (6) Advanced Seminar in Research Methods [not offered as of September 2015]
ARST 610 (6) Theoretical and Research Foundations [not offered as of September 2015]
ARST 620 (6) Advanced Study in Major Area [not offered as of September 2015]
ARST 621 (6) Advanced Study in Minor Area [not offered as of September 2015]
ARST 699 (0) Thesis [not offered as of September 2015]

LIBR Courses

* Core Course † Required Course

Foundations & Required Courses
Knowledge Representation & Organization
Information Behaviour, Materials, and Services for Children & Young Adults
Information Behaviour, Materials, and Services for Adults
Additional Information Behaviour, Materials, and Services Courses
Information Technology & Systems
Information & Society
Management of Information Organizations
Text & Collections
Individual Study Courses
Doctoral Courses
  • LIBR 600 (6) Advanced Seminar in Research Methods [not offered as of September 2015]
  • LIBR 610 (6) Theoretical and Research Foundations [not offered as of September 2015]
  • LIBR 620 (6) Advanced Study in Major Area [not offered as of September 2015]
  • LIBR 621 (6) Advanced Study in Minor Area [not offered as of September 2015]
  • LIBR 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation [not offered as of September 2015]

MAS and MLIS Students:

  • Elective courses other than those designated ARST (for MAS students) and LIBR for (MLIS students) may be applied to the program, whether taken at UBC or another institution.
  • External courses may total no more than 12 of the 48 credits required for the MAS or MLIS degree.

Dual MAS/MLIS Students:

  • Elective courses other than those designated ARST and/or LIBR may be applied to the program, whether taken at UBC or another institution.
  • External courses may total no more than 9 of the 81 credits required for the Dual MAS/MLIS degree.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • All courses external to the degree program must be at the 300-level or above (or the equivalent at another institution).
  • A maximum of 6 credits at the undergraduate level in courses numbered 300 to 499 may be counted toward the requirements of a master's degree.
  • Students completing the First Nations Curriculum Concentration are allowed a maximum six (6) credits of approved First Nations coursework at the 300- or 400-level in their Master’s degree program.

Process to Apply for External Credit:

  • Permission to apply such a course for credit towards one's degree must be obtained from the SLAIS Graduate Adviser before the student begins the course.  The granting of permission will be based on the course's direct relevance to the student's work in their program.
  • Permission must also be obtained from the instructor of the course and the host department/institution. Some fees may apply for courses taken outside of the department and/or university. Students should consult directly with the hosting department/institution. UBC has exchange agreements with some post-secondary institutions through the Western Dean's Agreement, the Graduate Exchange Agreement, and the Go Global program.

Some courses are listed in the UBC Calendar with a choice of credit value. This permits the School to offer several different courses in the same area of specialization carrying the same course number. The form (3-9) indicates that courses within a specialization group number may be taken more than once for credit (with different content each time, as designated by different letters following the course number, and worth 3 credits each time). Within a specialization area, a letter differentiates the courses, e.g. 575A.

The majority of iSchool courses are worth 3 credits, but some variable credit courses are offered for 1 credit.