General Education Electives
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.
General Education Courses
This course is for those who have no knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL). You will learn the basics of ASL including vocabulary, non-manual signals, grammar and syntax. Learn to exchange personal information, identify others, give simple directions and talk about living situations and leisure activities and more. This course will also include an introduction to the Deaf culture. Course covers units 1 - 3 in the Signing Naturally Level 1 Curriculum.
This course will examine the rise and fall of eight imperial cultures of the ancient world. Students will examine the political, economic, social, technological and ecological dimensions of each civilization. Ancient empires for study will include the Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, China, the Maya, the Inca, and the Aztec. In each case, consideration will be given to a culture's history, typical cities and technologies, and supporting social structures, included achievements in the arts and sciences.
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.
Conspiracy theories have exploded in popularity in recent years as the world we live in becomes more strange and alarming. Are UFO's real? Are drug companies withholding vital cancer treatments? Can you really trust the government? Is your phone spying on you? This blended course will consider a wide variety of conspiracy theories from critical, psychological, political, and historical perspectives (or will it?).
This course will enable students to explore their creative personalities. Modules of the course may include, but will not be limited to, an exploration of art, music, photography, and film, depending on availability of faculty and content. The course will include seminars and hands-on labs. Students will work individually and in groups, with the final presentation (individual or group) based on the student's or students' interests and focus in course modules.
In today's constantly changing world, this course gives students the opportunity to ignite their creativity and innovation, learn creative problem solving methods, their problem solving styles, tools, and strategies. It helps you learn to be more flexible, adaptable, see things from different perspectives and be resourceful. The application of these and change management strategies will assist you to discover new opportunities to solve simple and complex problems in a variety of workplaces and life situations.
This online course explores the nature and meaning of deviance in examples ranging from murderers and terrorists to white-collar psychopaths, political dissidents and controversial social activists. What exactly is "normal"? Is criminal behaviour always wrong? Is it always right to conform? Are serial killers born, or made? How accurate are popular portrayals of criminals and profiling in film and the media? Utilizing a multidisciplinary and multimedia approach, this course asks students to engage with some of the most disturbing and challenging questions in modern society.
This course is designed for students who will work in an industrial setting. The course takes a broad look at environmental issues relating to industrial practices. In some cases, technical details of recovery/recycling processes are covered. Topics include industry's effect on and remediation of natural resources such as water, air, soil, and biotic life. New approaches by industry toward sustainability and waste management are also included.
Entrepreneurship is the process of identifying an opportunity and pursuing it despite not having ready access to an array of traditional resources. An entrepreneur is a person who assumes risk for such an opportunity. This course will give students an appreciation of what entrepreneurship is within a natural resources framework. It will also show the student the importance of developing a business plan to achieve entrepreneurial success.
This course will introduce students to issues of wellness, with particular emphasis on the physical fitness aspects. Topics covered will include current health issues, exercise, and nutrition. Students will assess their own individual fitness/wellness level and develop goals to improve their overall fitness levels. Students will be encouraged to adopt a more healthful lifestyle based on sound principles of health and fitness.
This blended course explores the history, symbolism, politics and future of what we eat and drink. The familiar comforts of the kitchen are examined to personalize and reveal our complex connection to (and impact upon) global culture.
Gain the confidence to conduct basic, grammatically correct conversations in French. We focus on practical language situations in an interactive format to develop your listening and speaking skills.
Popular trends in fitness and health are promoted more often by the media than by medical experts. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult to separate health fact from health fiction. This blended course will investigate a variety of health and fitness claims, including popular diets, special exercise routines, supplements, and alternative therapies, in order to develop our skills in research, scientific and critical thinking, and media literacy.
Holistic Health will explore alternative, holistic health care and the treatment and prevention of disease. A research assignment will provide you with investigation skills in the area of alternative health care. Treatments and ideologies from alternative and complementary therapies such as massage therapy, body work, acupuncture and others will be presented by faculty and health care practitioners.
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.
This hybrid course draws on historical, theoretical, cross-cultural and life cycle perspectives of intimate relationships, sexual attitudes, behaviours, development and experiences. Topics will include gender roles, types of love, interpersonal attraction, human sexuality, sexual health, and issues of conflict and power in intimate relationships. Throughout this course students will have the opportunity to examine their own values related to human sexuality and intimate relationships both through online discussions and face-to-face instruction.
This course provides students with an introduction to Indigenous literatures. Focusing primarily on works by First Nations, Metis and Inuit authors, students will also be exposed to a few prominent Native American authors. Students will explore various forms, including short stories, poems, plays, and nonfiction works within their social and historical context and within the broader Canadian literary landscape.
This course is intended to provide the learner with foundation principles and knowledge in the area of addictions. It is a core course in the Drug and Alcohol Counsellor program and a pre-requisite for upper level courses in semester three.
This course explores the world of literature for children from infancy to adolescence. You'll read and talk about past and present classics in children's literature, some of which may be your own favourites. Through reading, discover what makes good literature and what makes it controversial. Look at authors, illustrations, and children's literature on the web and in other media. This course meets the General Education requirements in arts and language, cultural understanding, and personal and social development.
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.
This course introduces students to Indigenous ways of knowing through engagement with Indigenous philosophies and worldviews as well as Indigenous intellectual and cultural traditions. Multidisciplinary in nature, the structure of Indigenous Knowledges provides a context for students to identify with and gain respect for their practical and sustainable applications.
This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.
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.
Issues in Science and Technology explores exciting and sometimes controversial questions related to recent developments in science and technology. Topics to be covered may include video games, social media, medical ethics and issues in health care, alternative energy, climate change, sustainability, and the human future. This discussion-based course is designed to encourage a critical and creative dialogue regarding some of the most important challenges affecting our scientific and technological futures.
This course considers the role of religion in a variety of contexts, and focuses on a survey of major faiths. Utilizing a variety of approaches, the course may compare sacred texts, religious rituals, belief systems, systems of law, attitudes toward gender, versions of the afterlife, attitudes toward science, or any number of applicable themes. Selected current issues and political conflicts will also be considered from the standpoint of religion?s influence on world affairs. Media resources like mainstream films may also be used to consider how religion is popularly represented.
Everyone has a story to tell. An attempt to confront a fear. A life-changing experience or event. A path not taken that alters the journey. A relationship that breaks; another that builds. A song or a work of art that influences. A question-mark in the family history. Some of the best stories go beyond the personal narrative. They animate people and events, and connect with others through shared experience or emotions. This course introduces methods of gathering and documenting life stories, culminating with students producing and sharing a life story in video, digital [e.g., blog], written, or other creative form.
There is little doubt that our economy is constantly changing. The study of economics offers tools for understanding the nature of economic change. This course provides the economic foundations for understanding change and then uses these foundations to identify the primary economic forces in the Canadian economy. By successfully completing this course, the learner will be able to apply economic principles to the economic issues of our time.
This course examines the role of popular music in contemporary society. Students will learn about various music genres and will reflect on the social and cultural influences that inform their own tastes and shape the evolution of popular music in a North American context. No training in music is required to take this course. Note: This is a blended course with some online components. Students enrolled in this course will complete some course work outside the regular class schedule and should be comfortable learning in an online environment.
Earth's landscapes are not only a product of natural forces but they are also shaped by human [and] cultural activities. This course will examine how the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere [unite formerly intertwine] to form the physical geomorphology of the earth. The behaviours, desires and needs of the human population will also be analyzed as to how they impact upon the realm of physical geography.
This online course explores the experience of nature from the perspectives of film, art, music, popular culture, literature, and personal experience. We will explore our responses to nature as landscape, park, garden, and wilderness, as well as our relationships with animals both domestic and wild.
This course introduces ecological principles, theories and issues and examines the effect of humans and technology on ecosystems from historical, contemporary, and future perspectives. Concepts and context will be investigated through a variety of activities including lectures, hands-on laboratories, reflective exercises and interactive web-based activities. Students will have an opportunity to collaboratively discuss and debate issues to reinforce learning. This course is also available through Distributed Learning.
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.
This hybrid course explores current research into the meaning and definition of happiness. Rather than offering religious or spiritual paths to happiness, this course focuses on the latest scientific data related to the field of personal understanding, awareness, fulfillment, contentment, and other common descriptions of happiness. Various theories of happiness will be explored, including Mindfulness, Flow, and Neuroplasticity. Activities will include a variety of quizzes, reflections, a presentation, and one essay. Join us in our exploration; you'll be happy you did!
To be alive today is to be confronted by products of Science. Important though the products of science may be, perhaps what is more significant is the scientific method itself, proceeding as it does from empirical observation to theory, to modification of theory in the light of further evidence. Quantum Leaps introduces some of the giants of Science and examines their achievements: the men and women who, often in the face of extreme scepticism or worse, have striven and succeeded in pushing back the boundaries of human knowledge. This course will help develop and enhance the students' critical thinking, research, problem solving and writing skills. Delivered in the lecture/seminar format, students will be required to work on a major project which will entail exploring a critical issue and the scientists related to this issue. Students will then be required to present their findings in either a written report, a multimedia format or even in a debate format.
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.
The intent of this course is to familiarize the student with the sociological perspectives of society and work. Sociology provides various perspectives from which the student can view and understand the dynamics of a changing society and workplace. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship of work in society and its impact on human beings.
This course for absolute beginners introduces you to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish, and is ideal for travel or as a start to further language studies.
This course introduces students to the main forms of creative communication used in contemporary society and how these forms have adapted to a variety of cultures and changed throughout time. Students will have the opportunity to practice and employ principles of creative communication in both fiction and non-fiction. Using a variety of forms and inspiration from diverse sources, students will have a hands-on introduction to poetry, narrative, character, plot, voice and audience.
This course examines the intricacy of the human mind and human behaviour through the critical analysis of current popular films. It is intended to foster an appreciation of film as an art form of communication. Further, it will challenge students to develop the skills and habits of perceptive watching and discover aspects of film art that they may otherwise overlook. These goals will be accomplished through weekly screenings, lectures and discussion.
In this course students will envision what their lives would be like in a more sustainable future. They will explore their own views about sustainability and their understanding about sustainability issues. They will learn about ways that Canadians and people around the world are actively creating a 'greener' future for themselves and their communities. They will also learn about inspiring and innovative sustainable practices and ideas that range from nature education, to holistic health, to local foods to green buildings and energy, to running a green business. Students will have the opportunity focus on a topic that is most interesting to them and much of their learning will take place through group discussion and creative problem solving. Students should leave the course with a better understanding of how sustainability affects them now and how they can make a difference in the future.
This course will provide students with the tools they need to achieve and maintain optimum health and longevity. The emphasis will be on avoidance of chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, cancer and diabetes through sound nutrition and therapeutic supplementation. Healthy living techniques such as exercise, stress management and the power of positive thinking will also be covered.
"Truth and Lies" takes a practical, hands-on approach to dealing with life in the digital age. With a focus on both your professional and personal life, the course asks important questions about contemporary issues in science, medicine, politics, social media, and the family. The goal of the course is simple: to become more confident participants and decision-makers in our communities, families, and workplaces.
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.
"Writing Life: Fact and Fiction" is a creative writing course that focuses on memoir and fiction. Students will read and respond to exceptional examples of contemporary storytelling. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources, students will examine the complex relationship between the real and the imagined while writing original creative works. The course will also consider what "the writing life" looks like in the digital era.