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ENG-115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 3 credits


ENG 115 involves the study of university level critical analysis and the production of expository and persuasive writing appropriate to university level discourse across the curriculum. A variety of rhetorical models are studied and practiced. Emphasis is placed on research, documentation and the writing of a research paper. Students may not receive credit for ENG 115 if they have previously completed ENG 116 or ENG 117.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098, or ENG 160; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; or English Assessment; or Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with band scores of 6.0 in Writing and Reading; or completion of ENG 104.

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ENG-116 Essay Writing & Indigenous Perspectives

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 3 credits


ENG 116 introduces university-level research and writing in the humanities and social sciences and/or natural sciences with a specific focus on contemporary Indigenous issues in Canada. Students will critically analyze and study the writing, oral and aural practices of Indigenous scholars and teachers in a variety of disciplines and settings. Emphasis is placed on respecting and interweaving non-Indigenous and Indigenous ways of knowing and research methodologies in writing a post-secondary research paper. Students may not receive credit for ENG 116 if they have previously completed ENG 115, ENG 117 or ENG 125.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 098, ENG 096, ESL 090 or ENG 160; or English Assessment; or Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with band scores of 6.0 in Writing and Reading (Effective for the 2018/19 academic year); or completion of ENG 104.

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PSY-250 Human Development From Conception Through Childhood

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an overview of child development up to, but not including adolescence. The impact of genetics and environment, major theories of human development, methods for studying child development, cultural diversity, and development in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social spheres are included.


Prerequisite(s):

  • PSY 130 & 131 Minimum grade C

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PSY-251 Human Development From Adolescence Through Adulthood

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an overview of human development from adolescence through old age. Topics include the impact of genetics and environment, development in adolescence and adulthood, cultural diversity, change and development in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social spheres, and death, dying and grieving.


Prerequisite(s):

  • PSY 130 & PSY 131. Students may take PSY 251 without PSY 250 but must read Chapters 1 and 2 in the text before starting PSY 251 Minimum grade C

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SSW-120 Foundations of Social Service Practice

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course examines the theories and skills specific to the helping roles assumed by social service workers in non-metropolitan and rural communities. Topics include: assessment and case management, the community, natural helping systems and self-help groups, empowerment and change, and problem solving approaches for working effectively with people within a human service framework.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Social Services Diploma or Human Services Diploma Program. University Transfer students require a C+ or better in Grade 12 English or equivalent, instructor permission and a letter of intent.

For course schedule information visit our timetable. Note: course registration is open to students accepted into an NIC program. If you have questions, please call 1-800-715-0914.

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SSW-121 Interpersonal Communications

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


With a focus on developing effective communication skills in Human Service Work, this course will promote the students understanding of using communication for relationship development in a variety of Human Service settings, and as well, foster an enhancement of self-awareness and functioning in relationships with others.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Social Services Diploma or EA/SC Certificate Program. University Transfer students require a C+ or better in Grade 12 English or equivalent, instructor permission and a letter of intent.

For course schedule information visit our timetable. Note: course registration is open to students accepted into an NIC program. If you have questions, please call 1-800-715-0914.

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SSW-122 Social Welfare in Canada

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course is an introduction to the history and development of social welfare policy in Canada with particular emphasis on British Columbia. Students also examine some current provincial and federal legislation relevant to income security, family and poverty.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Social Services Diploma or Human Services Diploma Program. University Transfer students require a C+ or better in Grade 12 English or equivalent, instructor permission and a letter of intent.

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SSW-123 Advanced Interpersonal Skills Practice

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


Building on the content of SSW 121, this course will continue to explore relationship based help in the Human Services using a strengths based approach to promote positive growth and change with individuals. Students will develop advanced communication strategies including skills necessary to promote problem solving, working with difficult clients, and further student self-awareness as communicators.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C minimum in SSW 121

For course schedule information visit our timetable. Note: course registration is open to students accepted into an NIC program. If you have questions, please call 1-800-715-0914.

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SSW-150 Social Services Practice Experience I

30 hrs/week practicum placement for 7 weeks + 3 hr seminar/week, 5 credits


This 210 hour practicum completes the first year of Social Services training. This course enables the student to combine theory and practice in a social services work setting. Students must successfully complete this practicum at an employment readiness level in order to continue with the second year of the Social Services Diploma. As each practice placement site is unique and may require knowledge and skills specific to its mandate and client population, a contract of learning outcome expectations will be established at the beginning of the practice placement at a meeting between the student, the practice placement supervisor, and the classroom instructor. The student will be supported in her/his learning through weekly seminars.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Social Services diploma program; C minimum in all first year SSW diploma courses and co-requisite enrollment in winter theory courses.

For course schedule information visit our timetable. Note: course registration is open to students accepted into an NIC program. If you have questions, please call 1-800-715-0914.

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SSW-201 Family Relationships

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an overview of the family experience in contemporary Canadian society. It provides a foundation which will assist the student in understanding and working with families or individuals within a family unit. Students will be introduced to various theories about family structure and function, stages of family development, impact of a rapidly changing society on families, problem situations, family relationships, and basic strategies for assisting families to function using a strengths based approach that promotes psychological well-being. Further, students will explore the importance of family in their own and the lives of others and will appreciate how family experiences effect emottional and social functioning.


Prerequisite(s):

  • SSW 150 or EA/CS Certificate or equivalent

For course schedule information visit our timetable. Note: course registration is open to students accepted into an NIC program. If you have questions, please call 1-800-715-0914.

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SSW-203 Conflict Management

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course focuses on the development of communication skills for the purpose of effective mediation, negotiation and resolution of interpersonal conflict. Participants will be taught conflict theory and provided with the necessary information to be able to move forward into resolution. Coaching and role play opportunities are provided in order to experience success in this important area.


Prerequisite(s):

  • SSW 150 or EA/CS Certificate or equivalent

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SSW-204 Program Planning, Development And Implementation

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course introduces students to the methods and considerations in contemporary program development, planning, implementation and evaluation in human services. Various internal and external needs assessments, evaluation strategies and ethical issues will be explored. Research and evaluation are presented as integral service improvement strategies.


Prerequisite(s):

  • SSW 150 or EA/CS Certificate or equivalent

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SSW-205 Introduction to Group Work Practice

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


The Introduction to Group Work course explores various theoretical foundations and applied approaches to working with a variety of groups and populations. Effective group leadership will be examined along with a focus on relationships which effect group dynamics.


Prerequisite(s):

  • SSW 150 or EA/CS Certificate or equivalent

For course schedule information visit our timetable. Note: course registration is open to students accepted into an NIC program. If you have questions, please call 1-800-715-0914.

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SSW-206 Self Care in Human Services

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course will focus on the importance of self care as a primary tool in the tool kit of the human service practitioner. Students will learn why burn out is such a large issue facing human service practitioners and identify and develop personalized self care strategies to identify and manage symptoms of burn out.


Prerequisite(s):

  • SSW 150 or EA/CS Certificate or equivalent

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SSW-208 Social Work Practice in Mental Health And Addictions

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an introduction to the practice of social work with concurrent disordered populations.


Prerequisite(s):

  • SSW 150 or EA/CS Certificate or equivalent

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SSW-209 Contemporary Perspectives on Substance Abuse

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course prepares students to work with clients who have addictions problems. Skills and knowledge related to the management and understanding of addiction related problems and explores the biopsychosocial spiritual theory of addiction. Further, this course examines the transtheoretical model of change, history of substance abuse, pattern of use and the impact of addictions on society and selected populations.


Prerequisite(s):

  • SSW 150 or EA/CS Certificate or equivalent

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SSW-210 Community Development

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course focuses on the values and skills required for macro level community based human service practice. Students will examine and practice the application of approaches to social change with a focus on preventing, reducing, altering, or eliminating aspects of community life that hinder community development.


Prerequisite(s):

  • SSW 150 or EA/CS Certificate or equivalent

For course schedule information visit our timetable. Note: course registration is open to students accepted into an NIC program. If you have questions, please call 1-800-715-0914.

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SSW-250 Advanced Practice Experience Social Services

30 hrs/week practicum & 3 hrs/week seminar for 8 weeks, 5 credits


It is expected that the student enrolling in SSW 250: Advanced Practice Experience in Social Services is proficient in basic social service worker skills and is ready to move to a more challenging experience. As each practice placement site is unique and may require knowledge and skills specific to its mandate and client population, a contract of learning outcome expectations will be established at the beginning of the practice placement at a meeting between the student, the practice placement supervisor, and the classroom instructor. The student will be supported in her/his learning through weekly seminars.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C minimum in all second year Social Services Diploma courses with co-requisite enrollment in all second year winter theory courses.

For course schedule information visit our timetable. Note: course registration is open to students accepted into an NIC program. If you have questions, please call 1-800-715-0914.

For information about transferability: BCTransferGuide.ca