General Education

Students registered in some Continuing Education Certificate/Diploma programs may be required to complete General Education Band Selection courses as part of their program of study.

The following restrictions apply:

  • The course chosen must NOT be related to (or included in) your program of studies. View a list of restricted courses by program (opens PDF 17MB). 
  • You may need to seek approval for the course you are considering, before registering. See the list below.
  • When you have successfully completed the course you must apply for an exemption from your General Education course. Submit applications online via MyMohawk (opens in new window).

Visit the General Education Electives website for more information.

General Education Courses

Continuing Education offers a selection General Education courses each term.

This list is for the entire Winter 2021 term.

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The following courses can be applied to any Diploma program available at Mohawk College:


Art Through the Ages – ARTT10052

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A survey of primarily Western artistic traditions beginning with Ancient Greece and Rome provides an understanding of continuity and change in art making through the ages. The exploration of art movements is framed thematically in relation to societal issues. Introduces Asian, Islamic, First Nations and African art. 45 hours.

Astronomy – GSCI10006

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Discover the wonders of Astronomy. Examine the bodies of the Solar System, and learn interesting facts about the planets and their moons, the stars, nebulae and galaxies. 45 hours.

Bridging Two Worlds: Connecting with Indigenous People of Canada – INDS10015

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Familiarize yourself with Indigenous worldviews and learn from, and about, Indigenous people to dispel stereotypes and myths. Identify and discuss major events in Canada that have led to the issues facing Indigenous people today. 42 hours.

Chocolate History – CULI10087

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Survey the 4000 year old history of chocolate: from ancient Mesoamerica, as a bitter drink of ritual and medicine, to the modern chocolate culture and the mass-produced globalized product of the twentieth century. Investigate import to Europe by the Spanish, the transformation into a sugary drink of the nobility, and the importance to colonization, the slave trade and the Industrial Revolution. 42 hours.

Co-dependency as an Addiction – PSYC10008

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Examine the personalities of abusers and those who are abused and how individuals with complimentary personality disorders unite and form bonds. Object Relations Theory and how women and men are unconsciously drawn to abusive partners because of personality disorders caused by childhood abuse or neglect will be the focal point. 45 hours.

Contemporary Canadian Issues – COMM10375

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A critical understanding of contemporary Canadian issues is vital to being an active member in our democratic society. Students explore a variety of topics and analyze their ethical implications and relevance to Canadian life. Discussions, debates, and other collaborative activities offer opportunities to consider recent controversies from different perspectives, and use of a variety of media (e.g. newspapers, articles, and other resources online) allows for in-depth reflection on the history and current state of a range of social and political topics.42 hours.

Cults and Terrorism – SSCI10006

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Examine conformity issues surrounding religious fundamentalism, sects, cults, and terrorist groups. Explore reasons people join, and why they may have difficulty leaving, society's role in supporting cultic groups and strategies for protecting individuals and vulnerable populations. 42 hours.

Emergency on Planet Earth – ENVR10078

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What is, and is not, part of nature? How have people related to nature at different points in history? In what ways has human development impacted the natural world? This course is designed to help students better understand the environment, environmental concerns and our relationship to the natural world. In addition, students discuss topics such as the living environment, environmental pollution, eco-disasters, biological sustainability and social responsibility. 42 hours.

Essentials of Canadian History – HIST10019

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Study some of the major themes of Canadian history from Confederation to the present. Designed to increase your understanding of how our past influences and engages with the present, and how we are shaping our future. 42 hours.

Field to Fork:Introduction to Local and Global Food Systems – HORT10021

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Consider opportunities and challenges for making food system changes at the local and global political, economic and ecological levels. Examine biotechnology, organic farming, climate change, peak oil, water scarcity, and other global issues. 45 hours.

Global Citizenship – SSCI10082

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The world is shrinking. The ice caps are melting. Technology enables us to intimately view earthquakes, tsunamis and human rights violations around the world. This reality calls for an understanding of sustainability, diversity and social justice. Gain a personal understanding of yourself as a citizen of the world and apply it in your own life. 48 hours.

Growing Up Digital-Living and Working In Canada – INFO10158

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Examine the impact of the Internet and digital media in shaping recent history and influencing the way Canadian youth live, work and play. Gain analytical tools to anticipate and act on future developments. 42 hours.

History of Indigenous/Canadian Relations – INDS10017

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Discover the historic stages of the relationship between Indigenous peoples in Canada from contact to present day. Explore world views, cooperation and negotiations through the fur trade era and the impact of government colonial policy on Indigenous communities, cultures and people. 42 hours.

Hockey Hall of Fame Presents – SPRT10007

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Examine the incredible growth of Canada's national pastime, including formation of the NHL, the original six and national/international expansion. Prerequisite: College English or equivalent. 42 hours.

Indigenous Identity & Relationship to the Land – INDS10018

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Explore Indigenous cosmology, knowledge and world view and its relationship to the land. Students will be encouraged to examine and locate their own identity and world view in relation to these concepts. 42 hours.

Indigenous Peoples: A Global Perspective – INDS10019

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Examine contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous people around the globe. Explore patterns and themes of Indigenous histories. Focus on contemporary revitalization, repatriation and preservation methods employed by Indigenous people and governments around the world. 42 hours.

Introduction to Geology:An Overview of Planet Earth – ENVR10028

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Explore the fundamentals of geology. Focus on the formation of the universe, the solar system, the history of the earth, formation of oceans and continents, plate tectonics, and rock types and their formation. 45 hours.

Introduction to Philosophy – SSCI10049

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Examine philosophical issues such as self and world perception and investigate the connection between mind, body and spirit. Debate moral, ethical and human rights issues and philosophical paradoxes and learn to draw meaning from personal experiences. 42 hours.

Legalization of Cannabis in Canada – LAWS10215

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ACCELERATED! After almost 100 years of prohibition the Canadian government is legalizing the recreational use of cannabis making Canada the second country in the world to do so at a national level. Examine the history of cannabis within Canada, develop insights of factors behind the decision to legalize, discuss the findings of the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Task Force and explore the emerging legal framework surrounding the personal use of cannabis. Must be 19 years of age. 42 hours.

Let's Talk Sports – SPRT10006

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Participate in lively sports debates and learn practical techniques to improve your communication. Through examination of topics such as sports and politics, commercialism, and the Olympic movement, benefit from a behind the scenes look at sports issues and develop understanding of the impact of sports on society. Prerequisite: College English or equivalent. 42 hours.

Myths And Legends – HISTLLT05

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Discover the universal and enduring presence of myths and legends. Examine creation myths, hero/heroine myths, dominant archetypes and other topics to develop insight into how a distant past connects to our contemporary world. Prerequisite: College English or equivalent. 42 hours.

Oceanography – ENVR10049

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Study the oceans from an historical, geographical, geological and biological perspective. Travel through the "story of the oceans" exploring a different topic each week. 45 hours.

Personality Psychology – PSYC10007

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Learn to define personality and its influence on behaviour and actions. Examine patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviour that make a person unique. Explore personality assessment and intelligence testing. 42 hours.

Philosophy of Art Concepts and Theories – SSCI10054

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Explore the concepts of art, aesthetics, nature and experience as the subject of artworks, the place of art in life and society and mimetic theories in the philosophy of art. Equivalent to: SSCIPT001. 42 hours.

Sexual Violence – SSCI10008

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Study sexual violence in the context of male toward female, female toward male, and incest and child abuse. Examine the reasons for sexually deviant behaviors and the latest strategies for treating victims and perpetrators. 45 hours.

Social Psychology – PSYC10012

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Develop an understanding of how and why individuals behave, think and feel in social situations. The study of the individual, his/her thoughts and resultant behaviour in social situations receives particular emphasis. 42 hours.

Society, Technology And Social Issues – SSCISS299

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Examine significant technological developments from an historical perspective and consider their immediate social, political, economic and ecological impact. Explore associated ethical dilemmas and implications for the future. 42 hours.


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Anger Management – CONF10005

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Learn about the many types of anger and how to manage and/or modify it. Identify your specific anger triggers and how your anger evolves. Personality and behaviour influences will be examined before moving onto comprehensive anger management strategies proven to be highly successful. 42 hours.

Canadian Criminal Justice System – LAWSPF111

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Explore the history, function, role and organization of Canadian Law enforcement services and contemporary issues.

Canadian Literature – COMMLL903

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Focus on literary analysis (written and oral) of selected Canadian novels and short stories, with emphasis on target audience, the relevance of setting and plot in relation to Canadian culture and history, and literary devices. 42 hours.

Canadian Politics – SSCISS105

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Develop insight into how Canada is governed. Analyze the structure of government in Canada, the practice of politics, and discuss major political issues. 42 hours.

Censorship and the Media – MCOM10060

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Examine the history of censorship and its application in current issues. Through exposure to controversial materials and the discourse of censorship, gain an understanding of who controls knowledge, why and to what effect. Prerequisite: College English or equivalent. 42 hours.

Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds – PSYC10002

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Explore the psychopathic mind and examine how and why some individuals become criminals. Study what is known about serial killers, stalkers, rapists and criminals and current techniques used in criminal profiling and questioning. 42 hours.

Criminal Psychology 2 - Criminal Minds – PSYC10003

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Identify the characteristics of the criminal mind. Investigate issues discussed in Criminal Psychology Psychopathic Minds and examine psychological models related to criminology. 45 hours.

Design Thinking – CREA10199

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Design Thinking uses a designer mindset to produce business innovations in products and services, with a focus on deep understanding of and empathy with the people who use them. Following a holistic innovation process for an area of interest or organization, students build an initial business case and apply design thinking and creative problem-solving strategies to make innovation a sustainable practice. 45 hours.

Developmental Psychology – PSYCSS271

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Examine the growth and changes of mental, social and emotional characteristics from cradle to grave, with special emphasis on development of human personality. 42 hours.

Domestic and Workplace Violence – PSYC10006

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Examine conflict resolution strategies and where they work to reduce incidents of violent behaviour such as abusive relationships, confrontation in the workplace and violence in the schools. 45 hours.

Environmental Citizenship – ENVR10006

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Begin the journey to responsible environmental action, with emphasis on global environmental rights and responsibilities, planned sustainable use of our planet?s resources and recognition of environmental health as a prerequisite to human health. 42 hours.

Ethical Issues in Business – BUSN10010

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ACCELERATED CRN! Using case studies drawn from real business situations and research papers, you will explore business ethics. Reports and presentations are required. Equivalent to: BUSN10100. 45 hours.

Forensic Psychology – PSYC10001

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Interested in understanding or pursuing a career in forensic/correctional psychology? Cover areas related to criminal psychology, police psychology, victimology, victim services, psychology, the courts and correctional psychology. 36 hours.

FUNdamentals of Entrepreneurship – BUSN10272

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FUNdamentals of Entrepreneurship is a gamified business simulation where students assume the role of an entrepreneur pursuing their passion of selling clothing online and in their retail store. Player subscribes to guidance of a business coach and builds a successful venture in a virtual neighborhood. Players can upgrade their store and operations by completed learning modules and testing. Through self-paced game play, students learn important business concepts. 45 hours.

Inclusive Leadership Practices: Leadership in Contemporary Workplaces – MGMT10168

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Take this opportunity to analyze the evolving nature of contemporary workplaces in an increasingly globalized world. Various models of leadership will be examined with a focus on practices that build effective work environments. Explore and reflect on your own values and beliefs relative to leadership practices. 42 hours.

Industrial Relations Introduction – LABRPIR08

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Examine theory and practice with emphasis on union-management relations, industrial relations processes, and bargaining issues. Explore the collective bargaining process, administration of collective agreements, grievances and arbitration. Equivalent to: HRESHRM06 (Labour Relations (Hrm)).

Intercultural Communication Introduction – COMM10073

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Build skills and confidence in communicating respectfully with people from different cultures. Consider differences in gestures, personal space and customs and identify intercultural issues in North American society.

Introduction to Children's Literature – COMMLLT06

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Examine the history and development of children?s literature and its varied forms and techniques. Explore major authors and important issues presented in this genre. Note: May involve material that is explicit and/or offensive to some. 42 hours.

Introduction to Psychology – PSYCSS156

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ACCELERATED CRN! Examine the basis of human behavior. Study the scientific research process, the human brain and the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, memory and personality. 42 hours.

Introduction to Sociology – SSCISS108

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Explore basic concepts for understanding human behaviour, individual biases, various roles in society and social groupings. 42 hours.

Introduction to Sustainable Development – ENVR10026

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Discuss environmental, economic and social issue that impact the sustainability of our communities. Examine the effects of human populations on ecosystems and consider individual responsibility to promote sustainability through lifestyle change.

Nutrition – HLTH10044

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Explore the nutritional effectiveness of various diets and food additives. Examine the role of food in maintaining health and reducing the risk of illness and learn to evaluate claims made by food faddists and food vendors. Prerequisite: College English or equivalent. 42 hours.

Organizational Behaviour and Administration – BUSNPIR22

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ACCELERATED CRN! Examine the Canadian business environment and the management decision making process as an integral component of organizational behaviour. Equivalent to: BUSNOB371 (Introduction to Organizational Behaviour) or HRESHRM02 (Organizational Behaviour).

Political Science & Public Administration – SSCISS027

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Gain an understanding of the Canadian governing system, and organizational theories pertaining to public administration, from a law enforcement perspective. 42 hours.

Popular Music and Society – MUSC10114

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ACCELERATED CRN! Analyze the sociological aspects of popular music from the 20th century to the mainstream music of today. Emphasizes important trends, genres, labels and individuals in music history. Special attention will be given to Canadian experiences in popular music. 42 hours.

Racism and Discrimination Introduction – SSCI10026

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Enhance your awareness of discrimination and racism and explore sociological factors that contribute to bias and prejudice. Consider how to manage these issues as occupational professionals and individuals in a multicultural society.

Science Fiction – COMM10043

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Explore our changing world through the medium of science fiction. Discover the amazing narrative and fantastic voyages of this literary genre, through study of various short stories and novels. Prerequisite: College English or equivalent. 42 hours.

Self and Society – SSCI10080

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Apply a sociological lens to examine links between human behaviour and the social environment. Explore the diverse perspectives that may be used to explain the connection between behaviour and the social world. Discuss concepts related to social structure, social interaction, inequality or race, ethnicity, and gender, the family, population, and social movements and social change. Equivalent to: SSCISS109. 42 hours.

Social Media and Society – SSCI10045

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Explore major developments in social media and its impact on communication, business, government, the economy, and education. Gain hands-on experience with many of the leading social media applications such as Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia and Twitter. 42 hours.

Sports Psychology – PSYC10009

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Examining the individual components of how one's mind works is a valuable tool for performance in specific sporting events. Concepts of psychology are discussed and applied in past, present and future contexts. Evaluate what goes into optimal levels of athleticism by examining how players, coaches and even fans of the sports get psyched. 42 hours.

Stress, Wellness and Nutrition – HLTH10111

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Enhance your understanding of positive and negative stress in personal and professional lives. Using wellness perspectives, gain insights into controlling internal and external stressors to promote long-term health. 42 hours.

The Study of Human Sexuality – SSCI10003

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Examine historical, theoretical, cross cultural, and life cycle perspectives on human sexuality. Discuss 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. 42 hours.

Understanding Literature – COMM10095

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Learn to appreciate literature critically by reviewing literary history and examining different genres. Explore themes and conventions associated with these genres and develop an understanding of literary analysis and various critical approaches. Creative-writing students will benefit from a framework in which to appreciate and evaluate their own writing. 45 hours.

World Of Abnormal Psychology – PSYCSS021

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Describe the historical perspectives of abnormal psychology and its impact on contemporary views of abnormal psychology. Identify current perspectives of abnormal psychology and various methods of assessment and treatment. Demonstrate knowledge for systems of classification for abnormal behaviours, such as the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association 2013). Equivalent to: Psychology of Adjustment 2 (PSYCSS233). 42 hours.