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PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
You must complete 20 courses to graduate. Courses are listed by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|COMM1007 (O)|| Written Communication |
This course focuses on the development and practice of writing skills and forms of written communication required for success in educational and human services settings. Topics include an overview of the writing process, using correct grammar, developing writing strategies, writing essays, writing for business, and proofreading.
|DISB1000|| Human Development |
This course provides students with an overview of human growth and development across the lifespan. Students will examine typical development and theories in terms of biological, psychological, and sociological domains as they occur throughout the lifespan.
|COMP1016 (O)|| Utilizing Technology |
Increase your digital literacy so you can more fully participate in academics and the community workplace. This course focuses on professional use of the Internet, how to use web-based applications, identifying assistive and emergent technology, and creating documents and digital media using various computer applications.
|DISB1002 (O)|| Introduction to Disability Studies |
This course introduces students to foundational knowledge for supporting individuals with disabilities. Students will examine the evolution of social-cultural perspectives of persons with disabilities and the subsequent treatment. Students will reflect on the scope and role of the disability service worker.
|CBLE1010|| Understanding Community I |
This introductory course affords students the opportunity to develop a framework for organizing outings in the community and to explore, using public transit, the City of Edmonton and the surrounding region, including parks, recreation and arts facilities, libraries, and other services, as well as the NorQuest community and special events. Students will gain an understanding of the range of possibilities in which they can participate with the people they serve in the field of community studies. Students will critically reflect on how community resources can bring meaning and joy into the lives of others. Students will also reflect on the important roles that volunteers play in organizations and communities, as well as the impact that their volunteerism has on themselves and others.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|COMM1001 (O)|| Introduction to Communications |
Explore the fundamentals of communication and interpersonal relationships. Examine effective communication, barriers to effective communication, and specific communication strategies that can improve interactions with others and enhance critical thinking skills. Learn and apply theories related to communication climate, groups, teams, conflict management, and problem solving.
|DISB1003|| Positive Behaviour |
In this course, students are introduced to the concepts and principles that are foundational in guiding the development of prosocial behavior and self-regulation skills for persons with developmental disabilities. Students will develop observation and documentation skills as they note how behaviour acts as a means of communication and/or a response to the environment.
|DISB1005|| Exceptionalities I |
Students will examine various conditions that impact individuals across the lifespan. Students will discuss current definitions, characteristics and traits, and aspects of support.
|DISB1004|| Person-Centred Planning |
This course examines planning strategies that will help people with developmental disabilities access meaningful participation within their home and community. Students will examine different types of planning in the context of utilizing strengths.
|DISB1100|| Disability Studies Practicum I |
This practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills for supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities in appropriate disability-service settings under the supervision of the practicum supervisor and a designated mentor. Students will be expected to practise observation skills and to interact supportively with people. In the lecture portion, students will discuss observations, relationships, and planning, in addition to emergent topics. This is an integrated placement throughout the semester.
|Term 3 - 16 weeks|
|DISB2005|| Exceptionalities II |
In this course students will continue to examine various conditions that impact individuals across the lifespan. Students will discuss current definitions, characteristics and traits, and aspects of support.
|DISB2002|| Working with Families |
This course will cover diverse family structures and dynamics of family within the context of supporting a family member with disability. Students will examine ways to support family members who act as natural supports and learn to connect families with a range of supports in their roles as advocates.
|DISB2006|| Planning Responsive Environments |
This course continues to survey different types of planning for creating responsive environments for persons with developmental disabilities. Students will incorporate ideas based on individual strengths and interests in such areas as the arts, sports and spirituality in developing plans to build capacity and meaningful participation.
|DISB2008|| Community Alliances |
This course provides students with opportunities to describe relationships and environments for supporting individuals’ participation in the community. Students will examine types of inclusion, employment opportunities, social capital, and natural supports.
|CBLE2010|| Understanding Community II |
This course affords students further opportunities to understand the scope of programs and services available to persons with developmental disabilities in the community. Students will plan and participate in community outings. They will also critically reflect on how to use community resources to support planning and bring joy and meaning into individual lives. Students will further reflect on service and volunteerism for self and communities.
|Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|DISB2003|| Social Contexts in Disability Studies |
This course will focus on an examination of social contexts and issues in the field such as human rights, government legislation and regulations, advocacy, ethics, and philosophies. Students will examine the impact of social issues and context for persons with disability who live in poverty and who experience abuse.
|DISB2000|| Intercultural Perspectives on Mental Health and Complex Needs |
This course will survey disability/mental health from a holistic and intercultural practice perspective. Students will examine the western medical model of illness and alternative cultural practices in disability and mental health. Students will investigate common mental health disorders in relationship to disability and review emerging supports from various perspectives.
|DISB2007|| Leadership |
This course focuses on the development of organizational skills and leadership styles that are necessary to lead programs in the disability services sector. Student will examine leadership skills, teambuilding approaches, staff development and appraisal methods, aspects of financial management, and conflict management strategies.
|DISB2100|| Disability Studies Practicum II |
This final practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills for supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities in appropriate disability-service settings under the supervision of the practicum supervisor and a designated mentor. In addition to using observation and interacting supportively with people, students will be expected to plan and implement activities relevant to the individuals and the agency. In the lecture portion, students will discuss working with diverse families and communities in collaboration, the role of the support worker in observation, documentation, the importance of relationships and self-advocacy, and working as a team member. This is an integrated placement throughout the semester.
|WMST2010 (O)|| Women's and Gender Studies |
This course is a critical feminist examination of embodied lives in differing social locations. The course challenges the traditional dichotomies of mind/body, culture/nature, and public/private in the treatment of such topics as the feminization of poverty; sexualities, reproduction, and family life; violence against women; women and religion; masculinities; and culture and body image.
|DEMC1011 (O)|| Dementia Studies |
This is a creative and dynamic approach to dementia care that is suitable for caregivers, both formal and informal, in a variety of care settings. Comprehensive information about dementia from diagnosis to end stage is discussed in a practical and interactive manner.
|INST1000 (O)|| Indigenous Studies I |
Indigenous Studies I (the prerequisite course to Indigenous Studies II) explores the culture, identity, and history of Indigenous Canadians. This course examines the Indian Act of 1867, the language used by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people when describing one another, the numbered treaties of Canada, and contemporary issues, including the fiduciary obligations of the Canadian government toward Indigenous peoples and the co-existence of Indigenous and settler communities and cultures.
|PSYC1040 (O)|| Introduction to Psychology I |
This course is the basic foundation course in psychology. It provides an introduction to the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. This course examines the evolution of psychology, research methods, descriptive statistics, the brain and behaviour, human lifespan development, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, conditioning and learning, and memory. Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
|RHAB1001 (O)|| Introduction to Rehabilitation |
Learn the fundamental concepts and theories specific to rehabilitation and gain an introduction to the field of interdisciplinary rehabilitation practice. Examine the common practices and unique roles of physical therapy, therapeutic recreation, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy. Students will explore the skills, roles, and traits of the therapy assistant within the interdisciplinary team.
|SOCI1000 (O)|| Introduction to the Study of Society |
Explore introductory sociology through the study of social relations, community, and society. Learn about the institutions of Canadian society, such as family, politics, ethnicity, education, and religion.
|COSW1005 (O)|| Introduction to Indigenous World Views |
This course introduces students to the distinct pre-contact world views of First Nations and Inuit, and the later world view of the Metis of North America. Students will examine the territories, stories, and contributions that these original cultures created through their relationship with their unique environments. Students will explore the common issues that Indigenous peoples around the world face in their history, geography, politics, economics, education, and culture. The course will also reflect on the intersection of Indigenous world views and cultures with dominant Western world views and cultures.
|WELL1000 (O)|| Wellness Through Leisure |
Further your understanding of the field of therapeutic recreation and learn about the models of care in the therapeutic recreation process that guide service delivery. Discuss the Leisure Ability Model as a framework to service, with a focus on promoting a client’s wellness through goal-oriented leisure activities.
Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.
Credits required for full-time status: 9 credits per term