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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 you develop throughout the rest of your 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 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 Fall 2021 semester. Courses will be offered in a virtual format due to the continued pandemic. 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, Information Technology, Music, Arts & Design

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery MethodSchedule
ANI1049Film Studies Hybrid DeliveryM 12:30-2:30 P.M.
*IND1003Introduction to Indigenous Studies Hybrid DeliveryM 12:30-2:30 P.M.
PSY2700Client Communication & Leadership Development Hybrid DeliveryM 12:30-2:30 P.M.
**HEA1307Spiritual Wellness Hybrid DeliveryM 12:30-2:30 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 & Emergency Services

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery MethodSchedule
*IND1017Indigenous Peoples TodayHybrid DeliveryW 5:30-7:30 p.m.
SOC1301Introduction to Sociology IIHybrid DeliveryW 5:30-7:30 p.m.
SOC1153Social ConsciousnessHybrid DeliveryW 5:30-7:30 p.m.
SSC1205Modes of ReasoningHybrid DeliveryW 5:30-7:30 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 Justice, Community Services & General Studies (JACS)

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery MethodSchedule
**HEA1307Spiritual WellnessHybrid DeliveryTH 8:30-10:30 a.m.
**PSY1125Positive PsychologyHybrid DeliveryTH 8:30-10:30 a.m.
POL2000Modern CivilizationsHybrid DeliveryTH 8:30-10:30 a.m.
SOC1010Cross-Cultural UnderstandingHybrid DeliveryTH 8:30-10:30 a.m.
SOC1153Social ConsciousnessHybrid DeliveryTH 8:30-10:30 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
*BUS1015Negotiation & Labour RelationsHybrid DeliveryF 8:30-10:30 a.m.
*IND1017Indigenous Peoples TodayHybrid DeliveryF 8:30-10:30 a.m.
**PSY1125Positive PsychologyHybrid DeliveryF 8:30-10:30 a.m.
SOC1010Cross-Cultural UnderstandingHybrid DeliveryF 8:30-10:30 a.m.

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

Open to All Programs – Fully Asynchronous Online

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery MethodSchedule
ANI1049Film StudiesOnline
BIO1000Fungus Among UsOnline
BUS1008Personal FinanceOnline
**FIT1115Health and WellnessOnline
*IND1003Introduction to Indigenous StudiesOnline
*IND1009Introduction to Powwow CultureOnline
*IND1012Truth and ReconciliationOnline
MUS1009Rock Music, Culture & TechnologyOnline
PSY1001Psychology of EvilOnline
**PSY1125Positive PsychologyOnline
PSY1060Introduction to Psychology IIOnline
SCI1000Issues and Ethics in ScienceOnline
SC1001Human SexualityOnline
SOC1000Introduction to SociologyOnline
SSC1000Media and Current EventsOnline
SSC1002Thinking, Reasoning, RelatingOnline

*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

ANI1049 – 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.

*IND1003 – Introduction to Indigenous Studies

In this course, students will develop an awareness of Indigenous peoples, heritage, culture and history from precolonial North America to the present day. This course will be situated within an Indigenous framework. This framework will provide students with an increased understanding and appreciation of historical and contemporary successes and challenges.

PSY 2700 – 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 behavior 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.

**HEA1307 – Spiritual Wellness

This course examines the concepts of health and spirituality as people venture through the various stages of the life journey. Beliefs, behaviours, rituals, and community will be explored as they help to connect people with experiences of the sacred, the divine, or that which is greater than themselves. Particular attention is given to seeking an inner spiritual experience so that each participant can explore paths that ultimately lead to happiness.

*IND1017 – Indigenous People Today

In this course, students will explore Indigenous peoples today, how they live, work and continue to be a strong part of North America. Students will be able to explore and connect with Indigenous peoples who live in the city or on a First Nation and who work in various areas such as the arts, health and trades. They will also learn about the strengths and challenges of Indigenous peoples today.

SOC1301 – Introduction to Sociology II

In this course, students will be introduced to sociological perspectives to help students better understand the social world in which they live. The course content includes an overview of the principles of sociology, classic and contemporary social theories and theorists, and the core concepts that structure sociological analysis. It will provide an overview of major concepts and principles of sociology, including mass media, social issues and movements, domestic and global health, education, religion and spirituality, ageing and the life course, and environmental and world issues. Studying sociology can help develop a “sociological imagination,” which is a quality of mind that allows us to understand our own personal experiences as they are shaped by the society we live in. Students will increasingly acquire a sociological perspective to enrich their understanding of the social world and help students view themselves as engaged citizens within an interconnected and diverse world.

SOC1153 – Social Consciousness

This course challenges students to investigate and understand power, privilege, and oppression in Canadian society. Students will examine several social issues such as poverty, homelessness, and disability within a larger social, political and economic context. The course progresses to exploring social movements and identifying advocacy and community change strategies that promote social justice, inclusion and equality.

SSC1205- Modes of Reasoning

In this course, students will explore 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 have a better understanding of how to live and think critically and creatively.

**PSY 1125 – 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 happiness, 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.

POL2000 – Modern Civilization

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.

SOC1010 – 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 culture and culture diversity. Through the exploration of their own personal culture, and by examining external cultural forces, students will better comprehend the dynamic nature and diversity 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. To adapt and respond to others appropriately are skills that will enhance any social relationship. 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.

BUS 1015 – Negotiation & Labour Relations

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.

BIO 1000 – Fungus Among Us

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.

BUS 1008 – Personal Finance

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.

CET 1003 – Cybernation

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.

**FIT1115 – Health & 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.

*IND 1009 Introduction to Powwow Culture

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.

*IND 1012 – Truth and Reconciliation

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the historical factors that contributed to the creation of Residential Schools, including the history of colonization and the relationship between the government and Indigenous communities. Through the exploration of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives, students will be encouraged to make a personal connection to the Residential Schools in Northern Ontario. Students will engage with a variety of primary source documents and audio recordings in order to develop a tangible understanding of local history. Students will use the understanding of the history of Residential Schools to further develop a personal understanding of reconciliation. Students will gain an understanding of the history, impact and development of Truth & Reconciliation and will create a personal plan of Reconciliation.

MUS 1009 – Rock Music, Culture and 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.

PSY 1001 – Psychology of Evil

In this course, students 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.

PSY 1060 – Introductory Psychology II

In this course, students will obtain a broad overview of the field of psychology. Students will explore child development, human sexuality, sensation and perception, thinking and intelligence, motivation and emotion, as well as personality theories. As you just read, the field of psychology is very diverse, covering a broad range of topics, all of which could assist you in your personal life as well as in any field of employment.

SCI 1000 – Issues and Ethics in Science

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.

SCI 1001 – 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.

SOC 1000 – Introduction to Sociology

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.

SSC 1000 – Media and Current Events

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

SSC 1002 – Thinking, Reasoning, Relating

In this course, students will have an opportunity to enhance critical thinking skills. Through examination of various reasoning processes and practical applications, students will be encouraged to develop essential thinking strategies to help them solve problems, make decisions, construct and evaluate arguments, and analyze issues.

For Fall 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.