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General Education Electives

Within each two- and three-year diploma/advanced diploma program, students must take 3 general education electives within their program of study. These courses are not related to the skills they develop throughout the rest of their program but help ensure our graduates are citizens who can work and adapt to Canada’s changing and diverse society. These required courses are mandated through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to better prepare graduates for the workplace. They are intended to encourage you to explore a broad range of personal and societal topics and to develop self-understanding as well as critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

The following is a list of General Education Elective courses that are available during the Winter 2021 semester. Courses will be offered in a remote format due to the continued campus closure. This means that if there is a schedule associated (in-class or hybrid) you will have a timetabled period where you will meet with your classmates and faculty member. When you register, the list of available courses will populate for your program.

If you have any questions, please read through the FAQ. Further questions can be directed to your Program Coordinator.

Your General Education Elective choices may vary depending on program. Please see Registration for Electives you are able to choose from.

School of Business/Arts

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery MethodSchedule
FIT1115Health and Wellness**OnlineM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
PSY1125Positive Psychology**HybridM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
SSC1205SSC1205In ClassM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
POL2000POL2000In ClassM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
psy1050Introduction to PsychologyOnlineM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
ger1200GER1200HybridM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
mus1009Rock Music, Culture & TechnologyOnlineM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
psy1001Psychology of EvilOnlineM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
soc1017Indigenous Peoples TodayHybridM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
soc1015Indigenous Arts and FilmHybridM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
CET1003CybernationOnlineM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
sci1000Issues & Ethics in ScienceOnlineM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
SCI1001Human SexualityOnlineM 12:30-3:30 P.M.
SSC1000Media and Current Events
HybridM 12:30-3:30 P.M.

*This course will count towards the Indigenous Studies Micro-Credential.

**This course will count towards the Health and Wellness Micro-Credential.

School of Health Sciences

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery MethodSchedule
FIT1115Health and Wellness**OnlineW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
PSY1125Positive Psychology**HybridW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
BUS1008Personal FinanceOnlineW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
ssc1205SSC1205Virtual In ClassW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
soc1012Truth & ReconciliationOnlineW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
ssc1000Media and Current EventsHybridW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
sci1001Human SexualityOnlineW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
PSY2700Client Communication & Leadership DevelopmentHybridW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
ani1049Film StudiesHybridW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
psy1050Introduction to PsychologyOnlineW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
soc1205SOC1205HybridW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
soc1010Cross-Cultural UnderstandingVirtual In ClassW 5:30-8:30 p.m.
soc1015Indigenous Arts and FilmHybridW 5:30-8:30 p.m.

*This course will count towards the Indigenous Studies Micro-Credential.

**This course will count towards the Health and Wellness Micro-Credential.

School of JACS

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery MethodSchedule
FIT1115Health and Wellness**OnlineTH 9:30-11:30 a.m.
PSY1125Positive Psychology**HybridTH 9:30-11:30 a.m.
BUS1008Personal FinanceOnlineTH 9:30-11:30 a.m.
soc1015Indigenous Arts and FilmOnlineTH 9:30-11:30 a.m.
soc1017Indigenous Peoples TodayHybridTH 9:30-11:30 a.m.
CET1003CybernationOnlineTH 9:30-11:30 a.m.
SOC1010Cross-Cultural UnderstandingIn ClassTH 9:30-11:30 a.m.
mus1009Rock Music, Culture & TechnologyOnlineTH 9:30-11:30 a.m.
soc1000Introduction to SociologyOnlineTH 9:30-11:30 a.m.

*This course will count towards the Indigenous Studies Micro-Credential.

**This course will count towards the Health and Wellness Micro-Credential.

School of Trades/Technology

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery MethodSchedule
FIT1115Health and Wellness**OnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
PSY1125Positive Psychology**HybridF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
BUS1008Personal FinanceOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
pol1500Canadian Political StudiesIn ClassF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
PSY1001Psychology of EvilOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SSC1002Thinking, Reasoning, RelatingOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SCI1000Issues & Ethics in ScienceOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
PSY1003Concurrent Disorders**OnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
CET1003CybernationOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
MUS1009Rock Music, Culture & TechnologyOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SCI1001Human SexualityOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
PSY2700Client Communication & Leadership DevelopmentHybridF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SOC1000Introduction to SociologyOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
PSY1050Introduction to PsychologyOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
BUS1015Labour Relations & NegotiationsIn ClassF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
BIO1000BIO1000OnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
ANI1049Film StudiesHybridF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
GER2310DementiaHybridF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SOC1007Introduction to Indigenous Studies*HybridF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SOC1012Truth & ReconciliationOnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SOC1010Cross-Cultural UnderstandingVirtual In ClassF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SOC1205SOC1205HybridF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SSC1000Media and Current EventsHybridF 8:30-11:30 a.m.
SOC1009SOC1009OnlineF 8:30-11:30 a.m.

*This course will count towards the Indigenous Studies Micro-Credential.

**This course will count towards the Health and Wellness Micro-Credential.


Derek Newman
General Education Coordinator
705-566-8101, ext. 6247


In this course, students will explore various Indigenous cultures and study the origins and elements of Powwow culture. Students will examine the historical roots of the Powwow through a post colonial framework and understand the historical events that led to this celebration of Indigenous heritage and culture. Students will explore all the elements of the powwow including sacred drums, dance, and regalia and apply their knowledge through the creation of a powwow display. Students will further apply their knowledge by developing a plan to coordinate a powwow and if applicable assist in the planning of a Powwow at Cambrian college.


In this course, students will identify common pathogens in the environment, how they spread and any treatments available by healthcare providers. Topics studied include Fungus, Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites, Treatments and implications seen in modern media along with medical practice. Through research, class discussions, and group activities students will gain a better understanding of how people fall ill and how disease impacts society and current events. Students will observe how factual information along with proper health practices may prevent spreading of illness in their environment. Every moment of every day, the body is continuously under attack by pathogens that are unseen even under the strongest microscope. For hundreds of years doctors and scientists have been at a constant arms race to help keep the body protected and safe from present and future attacks. But as our medicine evolves, so do the pathogens. Diseases which were once deemed cured are starting to show up in places all over our fragile planet. Improper health practices and false information displayed in media has shown to promote the spreading of Super Bugs throughout hospitals worldwide.


In this course, students will use diverse frameworks to develop a critical understanding of contemporary social issues and social problems. This cursive examination will challenge students to consider why these social problems warrant societal concern, to examine current welfare practices that support persons faces these issues and assess social change and social movements as solutions to our social problems.


In this course, students will learn that “Introduction to Gerontology” is just that – an introduction into the world of older adults. Students will be provided with a brief insight into how diverse individuals and populations experience the process of aging. Throughout the course students will be challenged to view how their knowledge and feeling surrounding their own aging, and aging people. This is critical to their success in engaging with older adults. They will review theory and research, as well as critically reflect on a range of topics including the myths and realities of aging today in Canada. Students will also examine some community support practices and issues in the community.


In this course, students will explore their relationship to people, corporations, and governments beyond their borders. By examining topics from climate change, to the economy, to war, they will analyze the changes engendered by an interconnected world, the consequences of those shifts, and their impact as global citizens.


In this course students will be exposed to a number of new ideas that will inform how they interact with friends, family, community members, and global issues in new and dynamic ways. Students will learn about and discuss ideas related to the nonhuman animal consciousness, indigenous epistemologies, and identity politics, to name a few topics. The goal is to learn that critical thinking is more than just learning how to command an argument and win debates; the crux is being aware of different perspectives and how these perspectives can shape your own ideas in important and constructive ways. By the end of the semester, each student will be have a better understanding of how to live and think critically and creatively.

Personal Finance

In this course students will In this course, students will develop an understanding of financial self-management through the use of budget and SMART goal setting strategies. Course material will give students fundamental knowledge on a variety of topics to assist with current and future financial decision making. Topics covered include, financial planning, tax concepts, goal setting and budget strategies, banks and banking, saving and investing, credit cards, loans, mortgages, credit history, estate planning, health and life insurance and current fraud schemes. This course strives to teach students how to live within their means today and build a secure financial future.


In this course students will be introduced to the impact computer technologies can have and how these technologies have influenced our work, education, and everyday lives. As technology continually improves, new developments are constantly infiltrating our lives in the way we communicate, conduct business, bank, shop, travel, entertain ourselves and retrieve information. Although computer technologies provide many efficient services, there are powerful underlying issues that we as a society need to be aware of such as: privacy, security, cybercrime, and personal health. This course will focus on your understanding and critical interpretation of the impact of these computer technologies to help you make informed decisions.

Health and Wellness

In this course students will learn how their lives can be enhanced by an active and healthy lifestyle. This course will motivate students to make healthy choices and provide them with the necessary knowledge to make positive behavioral changes. To feel our best, to protect ourselves from degenerative diseases, and to enjoy the highest quality of life, we need to place health and wellness among our top priorities. Topics such as nutrition, principles of physical fitness, stress, and prevention of specific diseases will be discussed.

Concurrent Disorders

In this course students will become familiar with the nature of addiction and mental health disorders and the issues that are consistent with a Concurrent Disorder. They will examine the factors that put people at risk, the effect on the individual and the family, the various treatment options, and the rights of individuals under the law.

Positive Psychology

In this course students will examine what makes our lives meaningful, pleasant, productive and healthy. The course will focus on positive psychological research and include discussions about resilience, positive emotions, mindsets, self acceptance, mindfulness, relationships, finding meaning and goal achievement. There will be opportunities to learn strategies to understand and develop personal strengths, improve personal relationships and deal with everyday adversity.

Client Communication & Leadership Development

In this course students will examine a number of psychological topics relevant to the work environment. This course is intended to provide the student with the skills necessary to lead and support clients in a variety of settings. Students will acquire knowledge about interpersonal communication theory and will have the opportunity to incorporate these skills in the development of their own personal and professional leadership style. Topics include communication theory, self awareness, perception, listening, non-verbal behaviour and communication, conflict management and negotiation skills, team building, group problem solving and decision making, and leadership. Students will be given the opportunity to assess their own attitudes and biases for each of the areas studied.

Human Sexuality

In this course students will explore human diversity, sexual health, and human interaction. Students will be exposed to the physiological, cognitive and social aspects of human sexuality. Historical and contemporary issues in human sexuality will be examined. This course meets the General Education requirements for personal understanding.

Introduction to Indigenous Studies

In this course students will develop an awareness of Indigenous peoples in Canada, their heritage, culture and history from creation to the present day. This course will be situated within an Indigenous worldview. The framework will provide students with an increased understanding of the impacts of colonization, residential schools and ongoing stereotyping. Students will gain an appreciation of Indigenous resilience and resistance from a strength-based perspective and an understanding of the healing journey towards reconciliation and living the Good Life (Mino-Biimadiziwin).

Cross-Cultural Understanding

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the theory and the terminology used to explore the nature and interrelationship of all cultures. Through the exploration of their own personal culture, and by examining external cultural forces, students will better comprehend the dynamic nature of Canadian culture. Communicating with people of different cultures is a challenge in any cross-cultural interaction. A variety of communications exercises will help to improve cultural competence. People from other cultures come with their own ways of thinking, acting and interpreting the world based on their own unique cultural perspectives. By sharing ideas, experiences, perspectives and perceptions, students will gain an appreciation of the way other cultures work and determine the themes common to all cultures. To adapt and respond to others appropriately are skills that will enhance any social relationship.

Truth & Reconciliation

In this course students will learn about Canada’s residential school system (RSS), a system that operated in Canada for over 160 years, with the intent to sever Indigenous children’s connections to family, community, land, culture, and language in an overt attempt to assimilate these diverse peoples into Euro-Canadian culture. The RSS will be situated within the larger context of Canadian settler colonialism. Learners will explore the historical and contemporary harms caused by cultural genocide, the policies and prejudices that enabled the RSS, along with modern efforts toward reconciliation and restitution.

Warning: Please be advised that this course contains potentially distressing material, including explicit descriptions of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. Please consider your personal well-being prior to enrolling in this course.

Media and Current Events

In this course students will examine the scope and impact of the mass media – the news press, advertising, television, music, gaming, and social media – on individuals and on society. Students will discuss and analyze the news and current events reflected within these various mediums.

Thinking, Reasoning, Relating

In this course students will reflect on and enhance their critical thinking skills by thinking deeply about topics of personal and social interest. Supported by the two-eyed seeing framework, learners will engage in critical self-assessment, analyzing their thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and communication strategies from a variety of perspectives and paradigms.


In this course students will learn about dementia and related cognitive disorders both from the perspective of the person as well as from the perspective of caregivers. Students will explore various signs, symptoms, and stages of cognitive impairment progression. In addition, students will explore different attitudes towards dementia and how responsive behavior manifests. Students will apply effective communication strategies in order to connect with and support individuals living with dementia to live their best lives.

Rock Music, Culture & Technology

In this course students will explore the musical and cultural melting pot of rock music from its African and European roots through the American blues, country, and gospel influenced music of the 1950s considering the impact of political and cultural tension surrounding its creation. The focus then shifts to the social upheaval of the 1960’s with new musical styles sparked by the Beatles and Rolling Stones during the British Invasion and resulting global reactions including developments in technology and music business models that helped shape the ways music was created and experienced.

No previous training in music is required.

Psychology of Evil

In this course students will systematically examine how society defines evil and the many different pathways to evil. Students will critically examine the study of evil from psychological, social and biological perspectives. This course will address compelling questions that examine and explain the motives, rationales and environmental influences that cause people to abuse power and to act in destructive and horrific ways.

Topics discussed in this course will include cults, terrorism, genocide, psychopaths, and corporate evil, to name only a few. Through analysis of case studies and historical events, students will reflect on how society and individuals can play an active role in reducing hostility and building more compassionate communities.

Issues & Ethics in Science

In this course students will In this course, students will explore scientific and technological advancements and consider the issues and ethical concerns associated with these developments. The process of scientific change and its implications will be examined. Topics include: the environment, food and water, energy, technology, sports and health. Modern science and technological developments have made our lives healthier, more affluent and more convenient. These developments are directly responsible for the way Canadian society is built and functions today. While many scientific discoveries and inventions positively affect the human condition there are also many problems and negative aspects to these advancements – from social inequalities to environmental degradation. As scientific knowledge improves and technology advances, we as a society must be concerned with the basic ethics of human dignity and rights, and our interconnection with nature. Through a variety of learning experiences, such as applied activities, research, presentations and reflection; students will gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of scientific advancements.

Introduction to Sociology

In this course students will In this course, students will take a fascinating journey into a new world of “sociological imagination”. The course starts by providing students with the basic concepts of sociology such as: socialization, social stratification, sexism, classism, racism and culture to then further examine contemporary sociological issues. By focusing on social interactions, relationships, institutions and movements, the course encourages the student learner to develop and stretch their sociological insights in their everyday life experiences and regarding current social issues.

Indigenous Arts and Film

In this course, students will explore Indigenous film and other media, such as fiction, visual art, and music. Students will examine representations and fantasies of Indigenous cultures in film since its inception and consider how Indigenous artists, filmmakers, and writers respond to, criticize, or reclaim colonial depictions of their people. Students will gain an understanding of cinematic, narrative, and artistic techniques while engaging with the historical and cultural contexts of films and other media.

Indigenous Peoples Today

In this course students will develop an awareness of Indigenous peoples in Canada, their heritage, culture and history from creation to the present day. This course will be situated within an Indigenous worldview. The framework will provide students with an increased understanding of the impacts of colonization, residential schools and ongoing stereotyping. Students will gain an appreciation of Indigenous resilience and resistance from a strength-based perspective and an understanding of the healing journey towards reconciliation and living the Good Life (Mino-Biimadiziwin).

Film Studies

In this course students will be introduced to the study and analysis of motion pictures. Students will consider film as an art form from its inception until present day, while taking into account a film’s cinematic techniques, genre, narrative approaches, and external influences, such as audience, stardom, and social and historical context. Students will demonstrate some of their understanding through the creation of a film completed throughout the course of the semester.

Canadian Political Studies

In this course students will examine how this diverse group of people, who call themselves Canadians, developed into our current nation. The way that we elect our officials, resolve problems, respect rights and freedoms, make law (both in Parliament and the Courts) and plan for the future will be presented with the intent to reduce our current democratic deficit. In some programs, this course will be a General Education offering.

Labour Relations & Negotiations

In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of labour relations, industrial relations and collective bargaining. The process of negotiation and conflict/dispute resolution and how they are affected by the individuals involved, the relationship between those individuals, the context in which the process exist and the environmental factors influencing the process will be examined.

Introduction to Psychology

In this course, students will increase their understanding of their own behaviour and the behaviour of others by exploring important psychological concepts and research findings. For some programs PSY 1050 has been designated a General Education Course.

For Winter 2021, all Gen Ed courses will be delivered virtually, however may have a time scheduled for them to attend virtual classes via Zoom with their faculty and classmates.