General Education Elective

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

  • Abnormal Psychology SOCI001

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course explores the difficulties in defining abnormal behaviour and develops skills in evaluating historical and current theoretical perspectives of abnormality. Issues relating to abnormality in our society today are examined after students are presented with the necessary knowledge to understand a variety of behaviours (and disorders) and their treatments. In order for a student to succeed in this course they need to have general knowledge of basic psychological theory, critical thinking skills, sound writing skills, and the ability to apply material to their field of choice.

  • Abnormal Psychology SOCI108

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Study the signs and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Additionally, there are discussions about eating and sleeping disorders, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. An introductory course or experience in basic psychology concepts is helpful, but not required.

  • Anthropology GNED003

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course introduces students to the First Nations of the North American continent. The first section will look at the origins of mankind, the arrival of humans in the Americas, and the stages of the continent's prehistory. Area surveys will include the Arctic, Subarctic, Iroquoian, Northwest Coast, Plains and Prairies, and the Southwest.

  • Art History and Theory ARTS812

    Units/ Hours: 48

    This course is designed to familiarize students with early historical foundations to present day exemplars of art making. World art with an emphasis on Western art history (from renaissance to today) and minor focus on international art (Canadian, Contemporary, Asian, First Nations, Islamic, etc. is covered. Students will be expected to complete required readings, write an essay and final exam.

  • Canadian Literature LANG065

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Participants will read selected Canadian literature, including novels and short stories, to analyse and discuss the relevance of setting and plot in relation to Canadian culture and history Students will identify the different types of audiences intended for each literary piece. This course will focus on both reading literature as well as the use of proper written English. Key literary terms, target audiences and events will be discussed for each novel. General Education Elective (Fleming - D. Vanderspek)

  • Canadian Politics SOCI097

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Gain an overview of Canadian politics covering the structure of Canadian Government, the practice of politics and a background of major political issues.

  • Contemporary Canadian Issues SOCI075

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Explore how your own hidden assumptions, values, and biases affect your decision making. In this collaborative environment, you will analyze the manipulative techniques used by individuals, vested interest groups and the media. Learn how to identify both false and misleading arguments. In addition, you will write argument papers in which you trace the history of a social/political issue in Canadian society and present arguments, supported by research, that take a stand on the issue.

  • Creative Writing ARTS061

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    This course will help you gain access to and develop your inner voice, helping you listen and respond to your own writing. Learn how to tap into your own creativity and strengthen your writing skills in a supportive workshop environment. Topics include: getting started, character, dialogue, structure, description, point of view, finding the story's end, and also its beginning. Step by step, you will experience the various components of the writing process; generating ideas/subject matter, first draft, the writing workshop, the art of revision and the final draft. This course can be taken repeatedly by new writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir, as well as experienced writers who want to refresh and expand their skills.

  • Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds SOCI080

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Explore how and why some individuals become criminals and why some actually become killers, stalkers, rapists and criminals. We examine the latest techniques used in criminal profiling and questioning. Note: for a more in-depth understanding of the subject, we recommend taking Abnormal Psychology and/or Introduction to Psychology before taking this course.

  • Criminal Psychology II - Criminal Minds SOCI081

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Explore issues discussed in Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds, in more depth, studying and comparing psychological models as they relate to criminology. We will investigate whether rehabilitation really works for criminals, whether alcohol and drugs cause individuals to commit more crimes and what motivates cult members, racists and terrorists into committing acts of violence.

  • Cults & Terrorism SOCI082

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Focus on conformity issues surrounding religious fundamentalism, sects, cults, and terrorist groups. We examine the reasons why people join, and why they may have a difficult time leaving, as well as society's contributions to supporting cultic groups. Learn to develop strategies for protecting individuals and vulnerable populations from cultic and terrorist activity.

  • Developing Effective Teams ORGB013

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Teams are a critical component of our personal, educational, organizational and societal lives. Successful teams don't just happen. This course teaches the formula for team success. Students will use effective tools and strategies to help any team become high performing which will better prepare students to achieve successful team membership in voluntary, public or private organizations. This course is a blended learning course. Students will attend the lecture hour in the first 7 weeks of the course where the framework for team success is taught and applied. For the lectures in weeks 9-15, students do not attend the lecture hour but instead will be expected to work independently utilizing the web to prepare for the face to face 2 hour seminar. This self-directed learning may include targeted readings, audio lectures, web surfing as well as team building activities and applications. On line and face to face learning is integrated in order to maximize the quality of the student?s learning experience.

  • Developmental Psychology SOCI083

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Participate in a detailed examination of human growth and development from conception to death. We will study the progression of physical, motor, intellectual, language, social and moral development through the human life span.

  • Domestic & Workplace Violence SOCI084

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Examine family, school yard and workplace violence, including how and why co-dependency exists, the battered wife syndrome and abusive males. We will also examine why bullying exists in schools, and why confrontation can escalate into violence in the workplace. You will gain strategies for dealing with domestic, schoolyard and workplace violence as well as strategies for conflict resolution.

  • Entrepreneurship BUSN050

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Discover the disposition, concepts and skills necessary to express your entrepreneurial spirit . Contemporary expressions of entrepreneurism and intrepreneurism, their contribution to the economy, their role in the changing workplace as well as global business will also be explored. You will complete an entrepreneurial business plan in stages throughout the course.

  • Environmental Citizenship ENVR039

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Environmental citizenship goes beyond national borders to emphasize global environmental rights and responsibilities, focusing on conversation and planned sustainable use of our planet's resources, as environmental health is a prerequisite to human health. Discover how, as environmental citizen, you can adopt attitudes and behaviours that foster global environmental responsibility.

  • Ethical Issues in Business BUSN036

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Study Ethics and the case study method. Cases will be drawn from real business situations. Using a combination of research papers and case studies, we will discuss the cases, papers and solutions in class. Reports and presentations of various cases will be used as course evaluation tools.

  • French 1 LANG024

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Aims at building a vocabulary such as numbers (1-100), days, months, seasons, members of the family, salutations, asking questions, as well as giving the answers. Also covers: the verbs etre, avoir, and groups of verbs in er in the present tense and future tense with aller affirmative and negative. Emphasis is placed on development of oral comprehension of day-to-day communication.

  • Geography & Tourism TOUR049

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Expand your knowledge about how the physical, cultural and historical elements of the world landscape combine to make each designated region interesting and unique. We will explore contemporary theories in the earth sciences such as geological time, plate tectonics, processes of erosion and factors affecting climate.

  • Global Warming Concepts GNED090

    Units/ Hours: 30

    Develop an awareness of the current scientific certainties and uncertainties in global warming as well as historical and current political issues at a global and national level. We will examine the Kyoto agreement, ethical responsibilities of individuals, corporations, and governments, and the conflictions between economic development and the environment. You will develop a greater understanding of social awareness and the relationship between science, technology and an individual's responsibility to society and the environment.

  • History of Photography GNED104

    Units/ Hours: 30

    Explore photographic culture as created through the lens. Enhance your aesthetic sense and further develop political awareness as we explore the work of a variety of theorists and cultural critics in relation to the images they create. A strong chronology will form the backbone to the exploration of Photography.

  • Human Growth and Development SOCI025

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the normal patterns of growth and development at various stages within the life cycle from infancy through to old age. The major theories of development will be examined to enhance understanding of this field of study.

  • Human Sexuality SOCI085

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This analysis of human sexuality draws on historical, theoretical, cross cultural, and life cycle perspectives of sexual attitudes, behaviours, development, and experiences. We explore gender relations, body image, sexual diversity, arousal and response, mating, dating, and interpersonal attraction, interpersonal communication, sex education, sexual health or risk, and issues of power or intimacy.

  • Human Sexuality GNED022

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course draws on historical, theoretical, cross-cultural and life cycle perspectives of sexual attitudes, behaviours, development and experiences. Topics will include gender relations, body image, sexual diversity, arousal and response, mating, dating and interpersonal attraction, sex education, sexual health and issues of power/intimacy. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own values related to human sexuality during the seminars.

  • Humanities GNED099

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Focus on some of the fundamental questions individuals ask of themselves as they proceed through life. Why are we the way we are? Do we have free will or are we prisoners of our past experiences or of our biology? What motivates societies to change? Why do social changes often divide people into opposing camps? Why does work merely "kill time" for so many people? What constitute good government? How should injustice be fought? Can nations deal with global issues? Can scientists provide the solutions to the problems they create? Is objectivity about art (or anything) possible? These questions are organized into units that begin with issues concerning the nature of the individual and then extend outward to various social, cultural, and physical contexts.

  • Intro to E-Business COMP208

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Develop an understanding of the current practices and opportunities in electronic publishing, electronic shopping, electronic distribution, and electronic collaboration. Security, authentication, privacy, encryption, safeguarding of intellectual property rights, acceptable use policies, and legal liabilities are explored.

  • Introduction to Children's Literature COMM053

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Explore children's literature, its history and development, and its rich variety of forms and techniques. We will focuses on major authors in children's literature and on the important issues presented in those works that have captivated children and adult readers over time. (This subject may contain material that some may find offensive.)

  • Introduction to Improv GNED066

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course will introduce fundamental principles of performing improvisation. Utilizing games (similar to "Whose line is it anyway") and theatre exercises, the participants will be introduced to the basic rules that improvisers follow when performing without a script. No improv or theatrical experience is necessary to take this class! Ideal for people who would like to try something new and fun while gaining new skills for practical application in the workplace and in daily life.

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication COMM100

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Learn the definition of culture and explore intercultural communication theories, such as differences in gestures, personal spaces, and customs. Enhance your personal and professional ability to communicate with people from different origins comfortably.

  • Introduction to Psychology SOCI072

    Units/ Hours: 42

    To understand ourselves and interact appropriately with others, we must first understand the basis for behaviour. Gain an understanding of why people think and act as they do. Examine the scientific process of research, the human brain and the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, memory and personality.

  • Introduction to Psychology SOCI036

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.

  • Introduction to Science SCIE104

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course introduces the student to notations for scientific measurement, basic chemical principles, elements and compounds, nuclear weight, organic chemistry and health related biological principles.

  • Introduction to Sustainable Development ECOS032

    Units/ Hours: 45

    Examine the concept of sustainable development, including the environmental, economic and social impacts that affect the sustainability of our communities. We investigate the development of human populations and the effect of their energy and nutritional needs on the natural ecosystems. Social and economic factors that lead to greater social equality and more sustainability in the world economy are explored. Individual responsibility to sustainability through lifestyle changes will be examined.

  • Issues in Diversity SOCI038

    Units/ Hours: 45

    In this course students will critically identify and examine issues in diversity. Specifically, students will focus on topics pertaining to inequality in various social settings, including but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Incorporating social/legal explanations of diversity, students will develop a clear understanding of the impacted groups and possible strategies of community empowerment.

  • Let's Talk Sports RECR081

    Units/ Hours: 42

    This subject combines both the fun of participating in lively sports debates and the practical techniques that will help improve students' communications. Students will receive a behind-the-scenes look at sports issues by examining topics such as sport and politics, commercialism, and the Olympic movement. Through this course, students will better understand the major problems and controversies surrounding the impact of sports upon society.

  • Music and Society GNED044

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course explores the role of music in society. It examines how music influences all aspects of life, in all cultures. The course also looks at the impact of technology on music and explores the economics of the music industry. It also exposes the student to a range of musical genres. (NB - no training in music is required for this course.) PLEASE NOTE: This course is a blended/hybrid course, and has several online learning components. It is expected that students will do some of the coursework outside of the regular schedule.

  • Myths and Legends SOCI090

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Examine the similarities and differences of world mythology and legends. Discover the commone threads of the human experience by analyzing stories from different cultures. Prerequisite: College English or equivalent.

  • Nutrition HLTH055

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Learn how to put control back into your life and achieve a balanced lifestyle that reduces stress, helps you avoid eating when you are not hungry and gives you more energy. We will analyze how nutrients breakdown and work together in the body and discuss issues and theories involving health and nutrition.

  • Political Science/Public Administration LAWS202

    Units/ Hours: 42

    The political science portion of this course provides an introduction to the democratic system of governing in Canada. It includes a description of the organization of the three levels of government: federal, provincial and municipal. The interaction of each government level, the democratic election and legislative processes are discussed. The course includes the services of each level of government, the daily problems and issues facing Canadians, and the impact on the fields of law enforcement by public opinion and special interest groups. The public administration portion of this course focuses on organizational theories as they pertain to public administration. Students will explore the organizational administrative workings, and interaction among federal, provincial and local governments. Students will develop an awareness of dominant and underlying issues related to law enforcement that affect the formal and informal political, public administration and management processes.

  • Psychology Of Sport GNED035

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course is designed to assist students' personal development in the areas of sport and exercise. As such, the student will be provided with the basic understanding of psychological principles as they relate to their behaviour in sport and exercise contexts. Sport psychology applies to a broad population base such as: elite athletes, children, the physically and mentally challenged, seniors, and the average participant. The focus is on the application of research findings in order to understand how participating in physical activity affects a person's psychological development.

  • Racism & Discrimination LAWS164

    Units/ Hours: 42

    This course will target racism and discrimination that are observed in the Canadian multiculturalism context. Learners are able to identify types of discriminations and racisms based on our cultural values and find the connection between discrimination and the society. We will also analyze sociological factors such as the media that could cause biases and prejudice. The objective of this course is to enhance the sensitivity and intolerance of the mistreatment based on racial or ethnic background and to consider how to handle these issues as occupational professionals and individuals in this pluralistic society. (LO-LAWS8007)

  • Resume Building and Career Development GNED091

    Units/ Hours: 36

    This course provides an opportunity to design and create a resume and other job search documents that are effective in today's workplace. A portfolio of employment documents will be started. Industry and employer expectations will be researched and incorporated into career development strategies. Interview techniques to gather information and to conduct an interview process will be practised. The student will develop confidence to job search in today's marketplace.

  • Science Fiction SOCI095

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Science Fiction shows you other worlds: it describes possible future societies and the problems lurking ahead. It also shows how human beings can and do create these future worlds - that our future is in our hands. Science fiction stands as a 'bridge between science and art, between the engineers of technology and the poets of humanity.' Approved Gen. Ed. Elective - 01/03/2010 D. Vanderspek

  • Social Psychology SOCI127

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, interact, influence and relate to others. Gain an understanding about how and why individuals behave, think and feel in social situations, focusing particularly on the individual, their thoughts and resultant behaviour in social situations.

  • Social Psychology SOCI059

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course is designed to assist students' personal development and understanding of social relationships in a culturally diverse world. The emphasis is on the development of social and interpersonal skills to foster effective work teams and personal relationships.

  • Sociology Introduction SOCI079

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Study the concept and theories of sociology by exploring people's relationship to society as a whole and the effect of society on them, with specific focus on the dynamics of Canadian society and Canadian social problems.

  • The Histories, Cultures and Traditions of Indigenous North America GNED049

    Units/ Hours: 45

    This course focuses on the study of First Nations peoples in the Americas (Turtle Island), from a First Nations perspective. Study will encompass the historical, cultural, and political realities of aboriginal America. This course will respect the oral traditions of First Nations peoples as much as possible.

  • The Hockey Hall of Fame Presents RECR083

    Units/ Hours: 42

    This subject details the incredible growth of Canada's national pastime, including the NHL's formation, the 'original six' and national and international expansion.

  • Virtual Culture GNED041

    Units/ Hours: 45

    The Internet is a powerful tool that can take you places and expose you to experiences which you might not be able to enjoy in 'reallife'. Through Virtual Culture, you take excursions to the world of culture on the Internet. Explore your own culture and those of the people around you. Learn a new language and communicate across cultures. Go to art galleries, museums, concerts and movies. Read literature and listen to storytellers. See how the Internet can be used to challenge culture. Through these excursions, you will be able to reflect on how the Internet has an impact on learning about and enjoying many aspects of culture.This course meets the General Education requirements in cultural understanding, arts and language, and understanding technology.

  • World of Work GNED060

    Units/ Hours: 42

    Prepare for the world of work by exploring changes in the marketplace, researching your intended field, and developing skills related to acquiring desirable employment. You will learn how to uncover your strengths, understand your motivations, establish goals and become professionally successful in an ever-changing environment.

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