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.

An (E) designation for courses in the catalogue indicates that the course can be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

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 15MB). 
  • 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.

NOTE: Every course is not offered in every term. Click the Check Availability button to view course details and to register.


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


ACHIEVE: Therapeutic Adventure Programming – HLTH10213

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Topics include experiential learning, group dynamics, activity sequencing, facilitation and learning transfer. Course is taught experientially through initiatives and challenge experiences. Students must provide their own transportation to base camp near South River, ON. Visit ce.mohawkcollege.ca/achieve for more information.

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.

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.

Brewing History – HOSP10042

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Investigate the relationship that beer has had with humanity from the dawn of history to present day. Explore the mystery of fermentation, beer's central role in the development of ancient civilization, the move from medieval kitchens to commercial breweries, how beer shaped the New World, the link between location and style, the development of a global beer, and the current beer revolution. 

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.

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.

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.

Culture, Language and Linguistics – COMM10277

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Examine major concepts in culture and language including dialectology, historical linguistics and the sociology of language. Focus on cross-cultural communication and interaction techniques and the profound impact of sociolinguistics.

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.

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.

Global Citizenship: Social Analysis to Social Action – SSCI10065

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Look at global citizenship and develop a sound understanding of what it means to be a global citizen, both personally and professionally, and the ways in which they make a contribution to an equitable society and world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Legalization of Cannabis in Canada – LAWS10215

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 behaviours and the latest strategies for treating victims and perpetrators.

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.

The Middle Ages and The Modern World: Facts and Fiction – HIST10021

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Discover the impact that major cultural traditions of the Middles Ages have had on the modern world. Includes the study of kings, warriors, saints, knights, mystics, mythological heroes and exotic beasts such as dragons.


Please seek approval before registering for one of the following:


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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Criminal Psychology 2 - Criminal Minds – PSYC10003

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Further explore issues discussed in Criminal Psychology Psychopathic Minds and examine psychological models related to criminology.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I Write The Songs – ARTT10045

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Create poetic lyrics suitable for the profession of song writing and learn a variety of genres to direct your talents. Special consideration for the purpose of presentation to music producers and agents will be discussed.

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.

Introduction To Industrial Relations – 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.

Introduction to Intercultural Communication – 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 Psychology – PSYCSS156

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Examine the basis of human behaviour. Study the scientific research process, the human brain and the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, memory and personality.

Introduction to Racism and Discrimination – 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.

Introduction to Sociology – SSCISS108

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

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.

Learning Strategies – EDUC10004

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Help your students learn more effectively. Develop understanding of how we learn, remember, and solve problems. Learn to identify learning needs, and apply various strategies to support learning. Prerequisite: EDUCEDE17 and EDUCEDE21.

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.

Organizational Behaviour and Administration – BUSNPIR22

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Examine the Canadian business environment and the management decision making process as an integral component of organizational behaviour.

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.

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.

Popular Culture and the Media – COMM10276

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Investigate popular culture in Canada and North America from a sociological perspective. Develop an understanding of the role of popular culture in today?s society and the messages sent by the producers of mass media.

Popular Music and Society – MUSC10114

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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.

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.

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.

Sociology: Diversity and Social Change – SSCISS109

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Explore various sociological perspectives. Consider social structure, gender, race and ethnicity, the family, population, social movements and change.

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.

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.

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.

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.

World Of Abnormal Psychology – PSYCSS021

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Emphasis is on the study of the signs and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Discuss eating and sleeping disorders, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.