General Education Electives

Within each two and three year diploma/advanced diploma program, students must take 3 general education electives within their program of study. These courses are not related to the skills they develop throughout the rest of their program, but help ensure our graduates are citizens who can work and adapt to Canada’s changing and diverse society. These required courses are mandated through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to better prepare graduates for the workplace. They are intended to encourage you to explore a broad range of personal and societal topics and to develop self-understanding as well as critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

The following is a list of potential General Education Elective courses that may be available each semester. Courses will be offered in a variety of methods (fully in class, fully online or a combination of in class and online) each semester. Make sure you read through the list of courses available for your program when you register each semester as the list of available courses WILL change.

If you have any questions, please read through the FAQ. Further questions can be directed to your Program Coordinator.

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery Option
ANI 1049Film StudiesIn-Class
BIO 1000Fungus Among UsOnline
BUS 1008Personal FinanceCombination of In-Class and Online
CET 1003CybernationOnline
FIT 1115Health & WellnessCombination of In-Class and Online
GER 2310DementiaCombination of In-Class and Online
MUS 1009Rock Music, Culture and TechnologyIn-Class
POL 1500Canadian Political StudiesIn-Class
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental HealthIn-Class
PSY 1050Introduction to PsychologyOnline
PSY 1125Positive PsychologyCombination of In-Class and Online
PSY 2700Client Communication & Leadership DevelopmentCombination of In-Class and Online
SCI 1000Issues and Ethics in ScienceOnline
SCI 1001Human SexualityOnline
SOC 1000Introduction to SociologyOnline
SOC 1007Introduction to Indigenous StudiesCombination of In-Class and Online
SOC 1010Cross-Cultural UnderstandingIn-Class
SOC 1012Truth and ReconciliationOnline
SOC 1015Indigenous Arts and Film In-Class
SSC 1000Media and Current Events Online
SSC 1002Thinking, Reasoning, RelatingIn-Class

Derek Newman
General Education Coordinator
705-566-8101, ext. 6247

ANI 1049 – Film Studies
(in class)

In this course, students will be introduced to the study and analysis of motion pictures. Students will consider film as an art form from its inception until present day, while taking into account a film’s cinematic techniques, genre, narrative approaches, and external influences, such as audience, stardom, and social and historical context. Students will demonstrate their understanding mainly through the creation of a film completed throughout the course of the semester.

BIO 1000 – Fungus Among Us

Identify common pathogens in the environment, how they spread, and what treatments are available. Topics include fungus, bacteria, viruses, parasites, treatments and implications seen in modern media along with medical practice. Through research, class discussions, and group activities, students will gain a better understanding of how people fall ill and how disease affects society and current events. Students will observe how factual information, along with proper health practices, may prevent spreading of illness in their environment.

BUS 1008 – Personal Finance
(online and in-class)

Develop an understanding of financial self-management, by using SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goal-setting strategies to develop budgeting skills. Topics include financial planning, tax concepts, goal setting and budget strategies, banks and banking, saving and investing, credit cards, loans, mortgages, credit history, estate planning, health and life insurance and current fraud schemes.

CET 1003 – Cybernation

Learn how computer technologies have influenced and continue to impact our work, education, and everyday lives. Themes include privacy, security, cybercrime, and personal health. This course will focus on a students’ understanding and critical interpretation of the impact of these computer technologies, to help them make informed decisions.

FIT 1115 – Health & Wellness
(combination of online and in-class)

How is your life enhanced by an active and healthy lifestyle? This question and more will be answered in this class. This course will motivate you to make healthy choices and provide you with the necessary knowledge to make positive behavioural changes. Topics to be discussed include nutrition, principles of physical fitness, stress, and prevention of specific diseases. There will be a one-hour/week timeslot in the gym.

GER 2310 – Dementia
(combination of online and in-class)

Learn about dementia and related cognitive disorders both from the perspective of the person as well as from the perspective of caregivers. Discover various signs, symptoms, and stages of cognitive impairment progression. Explore different attitudes towards dementia and how responsive behaviour manifests.  You will also apply effective communication strategies in order to connect with and support individuals living with dementia.

MUS 1009 – Rock Music, Culture and Technology

A class about rock music! Just roll with it! Explore the musical and cultural melting pot of rock music, from its gospel, country and blues roots in the 1950s to the social upheaval of the 1960s which helped spark the so-called British Invasion, led by the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Learn about developments in technology and music business models that have shaped the ways music was created and experienced. No previous training in music is required for this school of rock.

POL 1500 – Canadian Political Studies

In this course, students will examine how this diverse group of people, who call themselves Canadians, developed into our current nation. The way that we elect our officials, resolve problems, respect rights and freedoms, make law (both in Parliament and the Courts) and plan for the future will be presented with the intent to reduce our current democratic deficit. In some programs, this course will be a General Education offering.

PSY 1001 – Psychology of Evil
(combination of online and in-class)

Examine how society defines evil and the many different pathways to evil. Address compelling questions that examine and explain the motives, rationales and environmental influences that cause people to abuse power and act in destructive and horrific ways. Topics include cults, terrorism, genocide, psychopaths, and corporate evil. Through analysis of case studies and historical events, you will reflect on how society and individuals can play an active role in reducing hostility and building more compassionate communities.

PSY 1003 – Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health

Become familiar with the nature of addiction and mental health disorders and the issues that are consistent with a concurrent disorder. Examine the factors that put people at risk, the effects on the individual and the family, the various treatment options, and the rights of individuals under the law.

PSY 1050 – Introduction to Psychology

Increase your understanding of your own behaviour and the behaviour of others by exploring important psychological concepts and research findings.

PSY 1125 – Positive Psychology
(combination of online and in-class)

What makes our lives meaningful, pleasant, productive and healthy?  The course will focus on positive psychological research and include discussions about happiness, positive emotions, mindsets, self-acceptance, mindfulness, relationships, finding meaning and goal achievement. There will be opportunities to learn strategies to understand and develop personal strengths, improve personal relationships and deal with everyday adversity.

PSY 2700 – Client Communication & Leadership Development
(combination of online and in-class)

Examine a number of psychological topics relevant to the work environment, in order to build the skills necessary to lead and support clients in a variety of settings. Topics include communication theory, self-awareness, perception, listening, non-verbal behaviour and communication, conflict management and negotiation skills, team building, group problem-solving and decision-making, and leadership.

SCI 1000 – Issues and Ethics in Science

As scientific knowledge improves and technology advances, society must be concerned with the potential implications, basic ethics of human dignity and rights, and our interconnection with nature. Topics include the environment, food and water, energy, technology, sports and health. Through a variety of learning experiences, such as applied activities, research, presentations and reflection, you will gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of scientific advancements.

SCI 1001 – Human Sexuality

Explore human diversity, sexual health, and human interaction. Discuss the physiological, cognitive and social aspects of human sexuality. Historical and contemporary issues in human sexuality will also be examined.

SOC 1000 – Introduction to Sociology

Take a fascinating journey into a new world of “sociological imagination”. The course starts by providing you with the basic concepts of sociology such as socialization, social stratification, sexism, classism, racism and culture. From there, take a deeper dive into contemporary sociological issues. Through this course, you will develop your sociological insights into your everyday life experiences and current social issues.

SOC 1007 – Introduction to Indigenous Studies
(combination of online and in-class)

Develop an awareness of Indigenous peoples, heritage, culture and history from pre-colonial North America to the present day. This course will be set within an Indigenous framework. This framework will provide you with an increased understanding and appreciation of historical and contemporary successes and challenges.

*This course will count towards the Indigenous Studies Micro-Credential. For more information, please click here.

SOC 1010 – Cross-Cultural Understanding

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the theory and the terminology used to explore the nature and interrelationship of all cultures. Through the exploration of their own personal culture, and by examining external cultural forces, students will better comprehend the dynamic nature of Canadian culture. Communicating with people of different cultures is a challenge in any cross-cultural interaction. A variety of communications exercises will help to improve cultural competence. People from other cultures come with their own ways of thinking, acting and interpreting the world based on their own unique cultural perspectives. By sharing ideas, experiences, perspectives and perceptions, students will gain an appreciation of the way other cultures work and determine the themes common to all cultures. To adapt and respond to others appropriately are skills that will enhance any social relationship.

SOC 1012 – Truth and Reconciliation

Gain an understanding of the historical factors that contributed to the creation of residential schools, including the history of colonization and the relationship between the government and Indigenous communities. Through the exploration of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives, you will learn about the history, impact and development of Truth & Reconciliation, and will create your own personal plan of reconciliation.

*This course will count towards the Indigenous Studies Micro-Credential. For more information, please click here.

SOC 1015 – Indigenous Arts and Film

In this course, students will explore Indigenous film and other media, such as fiction, visual art, and music. Students will examine representations and fantasies of Indigenous cultures in film since its inception and consider how Indigenous artists, filmmakers, and writers respond to, criticize, or reclaim colonial depictions of their people. Students will gain an understanding of cinematic, narrative, and artistic techniques while engaging with the historical and cultural contexts of films and other media.

SSC 1000 – Media and Current Events

Examine the scope and impact of the mass media – news, advertising, television, music, gaming, the internet and social media – on you and on society. Discuss and analyze the news and current events reflected within these various mediums.

SSC 1002 – Thinking, Reasoning, Relating

Enhance your critical-thinking skills. Through examination of various reasoning processes and practical applications, you will develop essential thinking strategies to help you solve problems, make decisions, construct and evaluate arguments, and analyze issues.