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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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FNS-160 First Nations Education: Traditional and Contemporary

3 credits


First Nations Studies 160: First Nations Traditional and Contemporary Education was developed by North Island College to meet the needs and demands for a culturally relevant First Nations course about education with credits that transfer to other post secondary institutions. In the context of the Human Service Worker Teaching Assistant Certificate program this course will provide core content about aboriginal education, which permits students to explore and critically examine traditional, historical and contemporary ideas, processes, development, and issues in the field in which they practice. First Nations Studies 160 is designed to address historical and contemporary issues that include First Nations perspectives about the content and process of education. This is facilitated by using and reflecting on First Nations teaching and learning techniques and bringing First Nations voices into the discussions and lectures through text, audio-visual resources and visitors. Instruction is based in a dialogical approach that permits students to use their knowledge in interaction with the instructor about the readings, videos, and presentations they experience. The class format will be a seminar/talking circle in which the instructor serves as a facilitator to mediate dialogue and manage curricular progression. The format will include group work and cooperative learning activities that includes orientation to WEBCT, the Internet, oral and textual resources for networking, research and knowledge production. First Nations Studies is designed for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098, ESL 090, or equivalent articulated BC College course, as pre- or co-requisite; or placement testing.

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HSW-130 Ed Assist in Cross-Cultural Classroom

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course is designed to provide Education Assistants with background knowledge and understanding of the administration and organization of schools, including working with diverse cultures. The roles of Education Assistants in the schools, and their relationships with other professional groups, parents and the local community are covered through various methods, Indigenous ways of knowing and an understanding of differing world views are woven throughout the academic material.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Human Services Certificate- Educational Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus program. C in HSW 131, HSW 132, HSW 164, FNS 160, ENG 115 or ENG 116, and PSY 250.
  • Corequisites: HSW 166, HSW 137, HSW 170, PSY 251

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HSW-131 Cross-Cultural Comm Skills in Classroom

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


HSW 131 focuses on the enhancement of cross-cultural communication skills necessary to become more effective Education Assistants and Community Support Workers working in Aboriginal settings. Students will practice and demonstrate communication skills such as active listening, clarification and giving and receiving feedback non-defensively. Students will also learn cultural awareness skills to help them strategize and analyze situations involving cross-cultural communiction, conflict management and working in teams.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Human Services Certificate - Educational Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus Program

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HSW-132 Cross-Cultural Social Analysis

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


HSW 132 is designed to investigate Indigenous perspectives on social issues at the local, national, and global levels. This course introduces students to a wide range of social issues, starting with the student's own experiences with social justice and cultural awareness. Using critical thinking and a participatory approach, learners will analyze the historical, political and social factors affecting the issues discussed. An Indigenous lens will be utilized through the use of guest speakers, videos, and supplementary material. Group works and cooperative learning activities will be used. This course is designed for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Human Services Certificate - Educational Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus program

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HSW-134 Cross-Cultural Community Support

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course introduces students to a culturally appropriate approach to working with persons with disabilities. Supports and services that empower persons with disabilities are presented and the strengths of persons with disabilities are emphasized. Issues of devaluation and discrimination towards individuals with disabilities will be identified and discussed. Specific issues surrounding individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds will be discussed. There is a focus on person-centred practice and a strengths perspective.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Human Services Certificate - Educational Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus program

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HSW-136 Holistic Health And Well BeingPLA

3 hours lecture/lab, 3 credits


This course is designed to examine and incorporate holistic perspectives in the health of both clients and caregivers. Topics will include self-care and awareness, trauma-informed care and ethical and legal issues related to health care. It will also provide instruction in the basics of personal care for clients. Community resources for health information and support will be explored.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English 11, English 11 First Peoples, ENG 052, or assessment.

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HSW-137 Sup Strat for Skills Dev Cross-Cultural

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


HSW 137 introduces students to the principles of culturally responsible behavior support. Students will investigate current positive behavioral interventions and support (PBIS) strategies and compare and contrast these with traditional Indigenous approaches to behavior support and intervention. Culturally responsive support strategies for skill development and enhancement of quality of life will also be included.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Human Services Certificate- Educational Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus program. C in HSW 131, HSW 132, HSW 164, FNS 160, ENG 115 or ENG 117, and PSY 250.
  • Corequisites: HSW 130, HSW 166, HSW 170, PSY 251.

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HSW-140 Indigenous Focus Human Service Practice Experience 1

6 - 8 hours/week practicum + 3 hours per week


Students complete a part-time practice placement of 6 to 8 hours per week in an agency, facility, or educational setting for a total of 90 hours. The practice placement site is chosen to complement the course selection and certificate designation, and should take place in a multi-cultural setting. This experience emphasizes a generic approach with a focus on the establishment of a knowledge base, cultural awareness, initial skill development and an understanding of professional expectations. Weekly seminars assist students to make a connection between theory and their practice while building proficiency at self-evaluation.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in ENG-116 and C in all 1st term courses
  • Admittance to the Educational Assistant / Community Support, Indigenous Focus Certificate program.

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HSW-144 Indigenous Focus Human Service Practice Experience 2

30 hours/week practicum placement + 3 hours seminar/week, 4 credits


Students complete a full-time practice placement of 30 hours per week in an agency, facility or educational setting for a total of 180 hours. The practice placement site is chosen to complement the course selection and certificate designation, and should take place in a multi-cultural setting. This experience emphasizes a generic approach with a focus on the establishment of a knowledge base, cultural awareness, initial skill development and an understanding of professional expectations. Weekly seminars assist students to make a connection between theory and their practice while building proficiency at self-evaluation.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in ENG-116 and C in all 1st term courses
  • Admittance to the Educational Assistant / Community Support, Indigenous Focus Certificate program.

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HSW-176 Human Development: 0-12 Years of Age

3 credits



Prerequisite(s):

  • Acceptance into the Human Service Educational Assistant/ Community Support, Indigenous Focus Program.

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HSW-177 Human Development: Adolescence Onward

3 credits



Prerequisite(s):

  • Acceptance into the Human Service Educational Assistant/ Community Support, Indigenous Focus Program.

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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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