General Arts and Science - 230

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Overview

This program is designed to offer transfer pathways to additional College and University programs.

  • Experience the benefits of a program designed as a bridge to help you choose the right path.
  • Choose from a wide selection of course options for future studies in Business, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Human Services and other college and university programs.
  • Gain both a good grounding in academic skills, and exposure to a wide variety of academic disciplines.
  • Acquire a well-rounded general education and develop skills in Humanities and Social Sciences.

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You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

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CE Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Grade 10 Mathematics (D or P) or equivalent is recommended for students taking Math and Science courses.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Interdisciplinary, Creative, Media and Business.

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Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description
CREDAS101 First Year Foundations

Build important analytical, creative, and practical skills that promote personal, academic, and employment success. Identify appropriate strategies to help you adapt to change, clarify and achieve educational and career goals, manage time, and balance priorities for personal development and academic benefit. Increase your digital literacy skills and develop new strategies for organizing information, evaluating/citing scholarly source material and academic research, and engaging in college-level research and writing. 42 hours. Equivalent: CRED10106

SSCI10051 Introduction to Critical Thinking Critical Thinking is a lecture based course where students learn a variety of techniques that are used to gather, interpret, and evaluate information. Emphasis will be placed on the skills required to think critically, reason clearly, and communicate effectively. 42 hours.

Options Group 1 – Choose 1

COMM11040 Communication D Communication is an introductory college level English course. Through a variety of assignments, successful students in this course will develop the reading, writing, critical and analytical skills essential to them as communicators in college and upon graduation. This course teaches writing through the critical reading of various fiction and non-fiction material and brings students with basic skills to college level foundational skills. 56 hours. Equivalent: COMM10045 or COMM10050 or COMMLL008 or COMMLL041 or TEMPLL041 or COMMLL223 or COMM10100 or COMMLL044 or COMMLL126 or COMM10187 or COMM10332 or COMM10256 or COMM10351. 
COMMLL041 Communication

Communication is an introductory college level English course. Students exiting this course will demonstrate competence in grammar, sentence structure, and writing skills. Successful students in this course will develop the reading, writing, critical and analytical skills essential to them as communicators in college and upon graduation. This course teaches writing through the critical reading of various fiction and non-fiction material and brings students to college level foundation skills. 42 hours. Equivalent: COMM10045 or COMM10050 or COMMLL008 or TEMPLL041 or COMMLL223 or COMM10100 or COMMLL044 or COMMLL126 or COMM10187 or COMM10332 or COMM10256 or COMM10351

Options Group 2 – Choose 3

ANTR10000 Plagues and People: A History of Disease and Medicine

Identify basic disease causing organisms and the role sociocultural factors have upon the emergence and transmission of disease. Survey the various forms of medicine, and important healers, in prehistory and history. Investigate the role epidemic disease has played in shaping sociocultural behaviour, medicine, and society. Explore the quantitative and qualitative research findings regarding human disease and medicine. Identify the varieties of medicine (e.g., traditional, folk, and biological) and approaches to health and sickness in human societies. 42 hours. Equivalent: SSCI10005

ANTR10001 Introduction to Anthropology

Examine how humans have changed biologically, culturally, and socially over time. Investigate new research and insights into humankind through physical, archaeological, and sociocultural approaches. Explore the interrelationship between the environment, humans, and culture. Critically examine the origins and diversity of primates, humans, culture, economic systems, families, kinship, marriage, language, magic and religion. 42 hours. Equivalent: SSCIAS107

BIOL10006 Preparatory Biology Examine the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Examine the structure of the cell and human body systems. 56 hours. Equivalent: BIOL10012 or BIOLMLA52
HIST10010 History:Myth and Reality 42 hours.
INDS10030 First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Perspectives

Examine First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) societies' pre and post contact. Critically analyse impacts of colonization on First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. Explore cultural, political, social, and economic perspectives relevant to FNMI peoples. Critique generational impacts and examine the relevance of measures such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people. 42 hours.

MATHMA006 Mathematics 1 - General Arts And Science

Practice basic mathematic and algebraic skills, including numeracy and problem solving, as preparation for college level math courses in the business and technology programs. Investigate various topics including: Integers, Exponents and Order of Operations, Solving First Degree Equations, Simplifying Polynomial Expressions, Factoring, Ratio and Proportions, Percents, and Unit Conversions. 42 hours. Equivalent: MATH10008

OPELAS921 G.A.S. Option 1

This course represents your first requirement to complete a General Arts & Science Elective. General Arts & Science elective courses require that a student reliably demonstrates the Vocational Standards and Essential Employability Skills as defined for the General Arts & Science program by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. 42 hours.

OPELAS922 G.A.S. Option 2

This course represents your second requirement to complete a General Arts & Science Elective. General Arts & Science elective courses require that a student reliably demonstrates the Vocational Standards and Essential Employability Skills as defined for the General Arts & Science program by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. 42 hours.

PSOL10013 Introduction to Government in Society

Explain the structure and function of government within society with a focus on the Canadian context. Critically examine the complexities of the Canadian federal system in relationship to social, political, and economic change. Investigate the influence that geography, language, religion, and ethnicity have had and examine their implications to issues of regionalism and diversity. Explore the role of political parties and the electoral system and their influence on voting patterns and citizen engagement. 42 hours. Equivalent: SSCISS105

PSYC10028 Positive Psychology

Explore various pathways to well-being, as we learn evidence-based strategies with roots in the science of Positive Psychology. Discover ways in which you can improve your mindset, increase self-awareness and self-understanding, cultivate flourishing relationships, practice self-care, and align your life with your values and purpose. By practicing a variety of these interventions, we can learn to flourish in our personal, interpersonal and professional lives, as we create a life worth living. 42 hours.

PSYC10030 Human Relations

Discover how to function more effectively and with greater satisfaction in a diverse workplace through an improved understanding of the communication process, human behaviour, interpersonal skills, and conflict resolution. Identify key leadership traits, understand how to motivate groups of people, and develop effective leadership techniques that will motivate people and encourage cooperation among teams. Develop an understanding of one's own attitudes, values and needs that will contribute to personal growth and social skills development. 42 hours. Equivalent: SSCISS170 or HMNS10000

PSYC10031 Psycho-Social Criminology

Psycho-Social Criminology will examine the impact of psychological, sociological, and biological factors on the psyches of people who are predisposed to criminality. Also explored are various environmental catalysts for criminal antisocial behaviour including: violent media, terrorist propaganda and recruitment, and technological factors leading to internet victimization. The content will be comprised of four thematic components that will delve into diverse forms of criminality, whilst incorporating causal explanations of aberrant behaviour rooted in psychopathy, sociological/environmental factors, media catalysts, and the societal response to crime, deviance and victimology. 42 hours.

PSYCSS156 Introduction to Psychology

Explore the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour, including the concepts of normality and abnormality. Investigate the biological basis of human experience, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and the nature of consciousness. Examine personality theories, health and stress, and various psychological disorders, including their etiology and treatments. 42 hours. Equivalent: PSYCSS126 or PSYCSS157 or PSYC10005

SSCI10037 Environmental Sustainability

Deconstruct theoretical approaches to environmental sustainability and outline ecological concerns for the planet. Identify and examine the complexity of the environmental problems (population growth, fossil fuel use, water resources, overconsumption, climate change, etc.) that our society faces, both nationally and globally. Describe and critically evaluate sustainable choices (renewable energy, local food sources, telecommuting, policy initiatives, etc.) to address ecological concerns. Analyse how one's consumption habits effects communities globally and determine one's ecological footprint. 42 hours.

SSCI10058 Aging in Society

Explain the demographic shifts that have led to an aging population and explore the social, cultural and gendered aspects of aging in society with a focus on the Canadian context. Critically examine the implications of a "greying" nation from personal, interdisciplinary, national and global perspectives. 42 hours.

SSCIAS106 Popular Culture

Assess popular culture (TV, ads, music, clothing, etc.) and its impact on society using selected cultural and sociological theories. Evaluate the content of popular culture, the cultural representations (of gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.) portrayed, and their effects upon society. Critically examine the media, media concentration, and media bias within democratic societies. Outline the history and development of modern consumer culture and analyse the social impacts of consumer culture, both at the local and global levels. Identify forms of cultural resistance and analyse and evaluate effective strategies of cultural resistance. 42 hours.

SSCISS108 Introduction to Sociology

Examine the nature of sociology, as well as its historical roots and theoretical frameworks. Explore how society influences human behaviour by studying the problems and social issues in society and gaining an appreciation of how society affects people in every sphere of life including, the individual, family, culture, education, politics and the economy. Distinguish between crime and deviance and the changing nature of crime in society. Equivalent: SSCI10047

SSCISS299 Society, Technology And Social Issues

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. 42 hours.

Options Group 3 – Choose 4

ANTR10002 Issues in Health and Healing

Analyze the concepts and issues within medical anthropology and sociology relevant to healing practices of indigenous and industrialized peoples. Examine the relationships between faith, culture, society, healing and sickness. Consider how current definitions of health are constructed and how they shape perceptions about health and well-being, illness, and disease and the connections between healing systems, health, social structure, and social class. Examine the development of medicare systems, the medicalization of society, and current issues within Canadian health care. 42 hours. Equivalent: HLTHAS108

ANTR10003 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

Analyze human and non-human remains to reconstruct identity and context. Explore the basic principles, concepts, and techniques behind paleoanthropology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. Identify and use the human skeletal system to determine sex, ancestry, trauma, and disease. Use basic research principles and technologies (as they pertain to cultural and biological artefacts) within anthropology to reconstruct the past. 42 hours. Equivalent: SSCI10052

ANTR10004 DNA: Diet, Nutrition and Ancestry

Who are you? What do you know about your ancestral origins? Are you willing to challenge everything you know about yourself? In this course you will explore your ancestral and migratory origins through DNA testing. Survey the evolution of diet, nutrition, health and how they affect our perception of who we are. Find out where you are from and how you could live better by understanding your origins. (Students will be taking part in a National Geographic global DNA database). 42 hours.

CHEMPE106 Preparatory Chemistry

An introductory level course presenting selected topics in chemistry. 56 hours.

COMM10366 Crime Fiction

This course examines the cultural meaning of crime fiction looking at themes such as motivation, obsession, shame, and freedom in crime fiction. Students will examine early examples of the private detective story and critically consider the development of the genre's complexity in contemporary popular work. The course includes study of short story, novel, television, podcast and film. 42 hours.

HIST10020 History of War and Society: 20th Century Examine the causes, events, and consequences of the three major conflicts of the 20th century: World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945), and the Cold War (1945-1991). Examine the relationship of war to various aspects of society; these include ideologies, political systems, political and cultural movements, economic revolutions, politico-economic structures, and technological advancements. Identify some of the great political and military thinkers and leaders of the period. 42 hours.
HIST10023 Art History Explore how art reflects the human experience and has served social and political purposes throughout history. Identify specific features and unique design elements of representative works of art to determine their historical era and/or cultural context. Apply the basic elements of art and the components of the art reflection process to various works toward the development of your own personal perspective towards art. 42 hours. Equivalent: ARTT10052 or ARTTAS202
INDS10031 Impacts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Examine historical context and content contributing to development and implementation of residential schools in Canada. Holistically explore the impact of law, colonization and the resulting cultural genocide in Canada. Analyze the findings of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and resulting 94 Calls to Action. 42 hours.
INDS10032 Indigenous Peoples Evolving Media & Artistic Images Examine a wide variety of media and artistic sources that have influenced Canadian and Indigenous societies. Analyze the power dynamics influencing Canadian society, past, present, and future, and critique the respective generational impact on Indigenous Peoples. 42 hours.
MATHMA018 Math

Understand Unit Conversions, Geometry and Mensuration, Trigonometry, Graphing and Systems of Equations and Right Triangle Trigonometry. Prerequisite: MATHMA006. 42 hours. 

OPELAS924 G.A.S. Option 4

This course represents your fourth requirement to complete a General Arts & Science Elective. General Arts & Science elective courses require that a student reliably demonstrates the Vocational Standards and Essential Employability Skills as defined for the General Arts & Science program by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. 42 hours.

OPELAS925 G.A.S. Option 5 This course represents your fifth requirement to complete a General Arts & Science Elective. General Arts & Science elective courses require that a student reliably demonstrates the Vocational Standards and Essential Employability Skills as defined for the General Arts & Science program by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. 42 hours.
OPELAS926 G.A.S. Option 6 This course represents your sixth requirement to complete a General Arts & Science Elective. General Arts & Science elective courses require that a student reliably demonstrates the Vocational Standards and Essential Employability Skills as defined for the General Arts & Science program by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. 42 hours.
PHYSPE108 Preparatory Physics This is an introductory level course presenting select topics in physics, including unit conversions, kinematics in one direction, forces and Newton’s laws, work and energy, light and geometric optics, temperature and heat, fluid properties, and basic electricity. 56 hours.
PSOL10011 Introduction to Globalization

Explain foundational concepts related to globalization (colonialism, neo-colonialism, neoliberalism, deregulation, WTO, IMF, free trade, fair trade, etc.) Examine the complexity of globalization and conceptualize the role of the state, corporations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations such as the European Union, the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank. Explore different themes relevant to globalization and identify significant issues (USA influence in the economic development of Latin America, racism in Europe, labour conditions in Asia, etc.) at a local/global level. Analyse global issues from a Global North/Global South perspective. 42 hours. Equivalent: SSCI10048 or SSCI10016

PSYC10015 Human Sexuality Develop and promote greater personal awareness and social understanding within the area of human sexuality. Analyse the behavioural and cultural aspects of human sexuality, and its biological aspects (including sexual anatomy and physiology, and sexual arousal and response). Gain a greater understanding of one's own sexuality, and a sensitivity and acceptance of others' sexual attitudes and behaviors. Explore the history of sexuality, sexual arousal and response, gender identity and roles, attraction, love, relationships, intimacy, contraception, abortion, lifespan issues around sexuality, STIs, atypical sexual variations, sexual coercion and commercial sex. 42 hours.
PSYCSS271 Developmental Psychology Describe the human growth process from conception to death in terms of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual functioning and examine the various theories of human development. Explain the nature-nurture debate, identify behaviour patterns that are abnormal for a particular developmental stage, and apply theoretical perspectives to explain "normal" and "abnormal" behaviour patterns throughout the human lifespan. Identify and describe positive environmental factors that can promote growth throughout the lifespan. 42 hours. Equivalent: PSYCSS144 or PSYCSS283 or PSYC10004 or EDUCEC121
SSCI10055 Social Entrepreneurship Explore socio-economic and community-based challenges through experiential learning opportunities and social initiatives. Explore how social entrepreneurship applies to areas of business, health, community-building, and education. Analyze and construct social entrepreneurial solutions to persistent social problems. Develop personally and professionally through involvement in social networks, public and private organizations and a variety of social initiative activities. 42 hours.
SSCIAS105 Race and Ethnic Dynamics Discuss ethnicity, racism, and multiculturalism and use sociological perspectives to analyze how they impact Canadian society. Explain intergroup dynamics, within a Canadian context, and analyze how this impacts on social inequality. Recall historical and contemporary immigration policies, identify the problems and challenges of Canadian immigration and emigration, and investigate the consequences of these policies have on the issues of diversity in society. 42 hours.
SSCISS109 Sociology: Diversity and Social Change

Explore various sociological perspectives. Consider social structure, gender, race and ethnicity, the family, population, social movements and change. 42 hours.

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