Course Descriptions

Human Service Diploma Course Descriptions

1st Year

2nd Year

CYCA 2000 Introduction to Professional Foundations of Child and Youth Care (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides an overview of the foundations of professional child and youth care practice. Topics include a review of the history of the child and youth care field and an identification of current child and youth care practice settings. Current theory and practice perspectives are explored, in addition to issues related to professional identity, ethical practice, children's rights, and interdisciplinary work. Reflection on one's personal readiness for professional child and youth care practice is a focus of this course. Prerequisites: Admission to the Human Service Diploma Program or Permission of the Program Coordinator
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HUMS 1540 Introduction to Interpersonal Communications and Helping Relationships (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore self-awareness as a foundational concept in the development of competent human service workers. The focus is on furthering self-knowledge and facilitating the development of self-reflection skills. Students build personal awareness, self-understanding and effective interpersonal communication by examining aspects of self, such as motivations, emotions, values, attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, learning styles, personal styles, and self-concept.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of HUMS 1541, ECED 1340 or HUMS 1540
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HUMS 1560 Introduction to the Family in Human Service Practice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine multiple family structures in Canadian society providing the groundwork for beginning practice with families in human service work. Personal values and perceptions related to traditional and non-traditional family types are explored. Topics include the current and historical social, political, cultural, and economic influences on today's families, family of origin and intergenerational trauma issues, family systems theory, and family communication patterns.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Human Service Diploma Program or Program Coordinator permission
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both ECED 2440 and HUMS 1560
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HUMS 1580 Introduction to Human Service Professional Practice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students review the field of human service practice beginning with an overview of personal and professional values and ethics that are key elements of practice. Additional topics include observation, record keeping, community mapping, supervision, team work, and self-care.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Human Service Diploma program
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of EDCS 1580, HUMS 1581 or HUMS 1580
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HUMS 1600 Human Service Field Education - Year 1(0,2,14)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students participate in a 190-hour blended community service learning practicum to establish linkages between Human Service knowledge, values and skills. Students experience supervised opportunities to demonstrate self-knowledge and self-awareness, professional integrity, and positive working relationships in a human service agency. The focus is on the application of core human service concepts and the recognition of the knowledge to practice relationship.
Prerequisite: HUMS 1540 with a C grade or better, HUMS 1580 with a c grade or better. Admission to the Human Service Diploma Program
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of EDCS 1680, HUMS 1601, HUMS 1680 or HUMS 1600.
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HUMS 1770 Introduction to Human Service Practice with Indigenous Communities (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the historical and continuing process of colonization in Canada, and the resulting societal, political, linguistic, spiritual, and cultural impacts that are challenging First Nations people today. The development of cultural understanding and the beginning of culturally competent practice occur in this course. Additional topics include self-government, cultural healing and empowerment, and human service practice in First Nations communities.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Human Service Diploma program or permission of the Program Coordinator
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both HUMS 1771 and HUMS 1770.
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SOCW 2060 Introduction to Social Work Practice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the history, philosophical foundation, and theoretical perspectives of the profession of social work, including a review of the relevant codes of ethics and practice standards that guide practitioners. This course provides an overview of the roles in which social workers become involved, for example, as advocates, policy analysts, administrators, activists, educators, counsellors, facilitators, mediators, organizers, and researchers. Social workers are committed to working for social justice; therefore, students examine the social structures that influence people's lives and how various sources and forms of oppression and marginalization impact the lives of people in Canadian society.
Prerequisite: 2nd year standing
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of HUMS 2060, SOCW 2061 or SOCW 2060
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CYCA 2620 Introduction to Working with Groups in Human Service Practice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine group development theory and the use of theories in human service practice. Participants develop an awareness of themselves as group participants. Topics include planning for group work, facilitating groups, dealing with group dynamics and challenges, and enhancing group safety. There is an emphasis on group work with children and youth.
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HUMS 2220 Theoretical Foundations in Human Service Practice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to various theories for human service practice. By examining a range of theories appropriate to professional practice, the link between theory and practice is established. Participants integrate theories into their practice framework and investigate the suitability of various theories in practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Note that students cannot receive credit for both HUMS 2220 and HUMS 2221
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HUMS 2500 Special Topics (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine selected current issues in child and youth care and human service practice.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Human Service Diploma program or permission of the program coordinator
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HUMS 2530 Professional Communications and Helping Relationships (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Participants develop the values, language, speech, and skills required for the development of professional helping relationships. Utilizing critical reflection, participants examine relationship development with members of diverse populations, conduct relationship building activities, and learn the process of giving and receiving professional feedback and supervision.
Prerequisite: HUMS 1540 with a grade of C or better and HUMS 1580 with a grade of C or better. Admission to the Human Service Diploma Program or permission of the Program Coordinator
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of HUMS 2531, ECED 1440 or HUMS 2530
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HUMS 2600 Human Service Field Education - Year 2 (0,2,14P)

Credits: 4 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students participate in a 190-hour supervised practicum at an agency, which delivers community-based services to children and youth, families and others in the community. The focus is on students demonstrating professional and ethical practice, appropriate and accountable professional decision-making; and reflexive practice. Students will explore the social justice factors affecting the service user population in the agency.
Prerequisite: HUMS 1601 with a grade of C or better OR HUMS 1600 with a grade of C or better OR EDCS 1580 with a grade of C or better
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both SOCW 3040 or HUMS 2600
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HUMS 3530 Advanced Communication Skills to Facilitate Change (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students build on their basic communication skills through the purposeful and conscious application of multiple frameworks and practice theories. The focus is to integrate problem solving and planned change theory with core communication skills to build effective helping relationships with individuals. Students develop the ability to utilize professional theories and frameworks to understand and facilitate change in their work.
Prerequisite: HUMS 2530 with a minimum C grade, HUMS 2220 with a minimum C grade. Admission to the Human Service Diploma Program or permission of the Program Coordinator
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both SOCW 3530 and HUMS 3530
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HUMS 3570 Introduction to the Law in Human Service Practice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the law as an expression of social policy, and the processes by which laws are developed, enacted,and changed. Students are introduced to family law and the family courts, and to human rights legislation with special reference to how laws affect children and human services. The organization of legal services, and the legal accountability and liabilities of human service workers and others in the human service field, are presented.
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of the following: SOCW 3570, CYCA 3570, HUMS 3570
Prerequisite: Admission to the Human Service Diploma program or permission of the Program Coordinator
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SOCW 2120 An Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the Canadian welfare state and the response of the federal and provincial governments to poverty in Canada. An overview of the historical development of social security policies and programs in Canada is provided, and the influence of ideology on policy is discussed. The impact of policy on youth, women, older persons, and Aboriginal peoples is described. The human service/social worker's role in formulating and influencing policy is considered.
Note: Students cannot receieve credit for more than one of HUMS 2120, SOCW 2121, or SOCW 2120
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