PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
You must complete 22 courses to graduate. Courses are listed below by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.
|Year 1 Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|COMM1007 (O)|| Written Communication |
This course focuses on the development and practice of writing skills and forms of written communication required for success in educational and human services settings. Topics include an overview of the writing process, using correct grammar, developing writing strategies, writing essays, writing for business, and proofreading.
|COMP1016 (O)|| Utilizing Technology |
This course provides learners with the skills they need to create the documents, spreadsheets, and presentations needed in college human services programs and employment in human services.
|SETT1030|| Family Dynamics in Settlement Work |
This course provides an overview of family dynamics in different socio-cultural contexts in Canada, and possible tensions that arise within family units coping with culture shock and the transition to life in Canada.
|SETT1040|| Determining Client Needs |
This course will introduce important theories and best practice models in the assessment and interviewing of clients in an intercultural setting.
|SETT1000|| Introduction to Settlement Work I: Global Context |
This course introduces learners to the current and historical trends in global migration patterns and their relationship to local trends in immigration and settlement.
|Year 1 Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|COMM1001 (O)|| Introduction to Communications |
Explore the fundamentals of communication and interpersonal relationships. Examine effective communication, barriers to effective communication, and specific communication strategies that can improve interactions with others and enhance critical thinking skills. Learn and apply theories related to communication climate, groups, teams, conflict management, and problem solving.
|COSW1005 (O)|| Introduction to Indigenous World Views |
This course introduces students to the distinct pre-contact world views of First Nations and Inuit, and the later world view of the Metis of North America. Students will examine the territories, stories, and contributions that these original cultures created through their relationship with their unique environments. Students will explore the common issues that Indigenous peoples around the world face in their history, geography, politics, economics, education, and culture. The course will also reflect on the intersection of Indigenous world views and cultures with dominant Western world views and cultures.
|DISB1002|| Introduction to Disability Studies |
This course introduces students to foundational knowledge for supporting individuals with disabilities. Students will examine the evolution of social-cultural perspectives of persons with disabilities and the subsequent treatment. Students will reflect on the scope and role of the disability service worker.
|SETT1010|| Introduction to Settlement Work II: Local Context |
This course will introduce learners to current and historical trends in local migration patterns and their relationship to the development of the settlement sector in Canada. Learners will be provided with an overview of the settlement sector in Canada and of resources currently available to help newcomers in Edmonton.
|SETT1020|| Settlement Studies Practicum I Seminar |
The Settlement Studies Practicum I Seminar will provide an overview of basic Canadian workplace etiquette. Additionally, students will learn documentation and observation skills that could be applied in a practicum setting, and will be expected to link theories discussed in SETT classes with their professional field experiences. Topics discussed will include the importance of professional conduct, strategies for the effective documentation of interactions with service users, and cross-cultural misunderstandings that can arise between Settlement Workers and the people/communities they are supporting.
|SETT1025|| Settlement Studies Practicum I |
Gain comprehensive practical experience as you apply previously learned theory and practice in working with individuals, families, communities, and organizations in a settlement and intercultural context.
|Year 2 Term 3 - 16 weeks|
|SETT2010|| Community Development and Human Rights |
This course will examine theories and definitions of community, community organization, and community development in a human rights context. Learners will be introduced to models of self-advocacy at the individual and community level, and develop skills needed to help clients and other community members access the services that address the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for newcomers to Canada.
|SETT2040|| Culture, Gender, and Sexuality |
This course is a critical feminist examination of embodied lives in differing intercultural contexts. The course challenges the traditional dichotomies of mind/body, culture/nature, and public/private in the treatment of such topics as the feminization of poverty; sexualities, reproduction, and family life; violence against women; women and religion; masculinities; and culture and body image.
|SETT2050|| Strength-Based Practices |
This course will examine strengths-based and trauma-informed approaches to problem-solving that can be applied along the settlement continuum. Learners will explore strategies for mediating conflict and developing client action plans when working with newcomers struggling with trauma and culture shock.
|SETT2000|| Social Policy in Settlement Work |
This course will provide learners with a working knowledge of government in Canada, and of laws and policies that pertain to the delivery of settlement services in an intercultural context in Canada.
|Year 2 Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|SETT2060|| Anti-Oppressive Practice and Reconciliation |
This course will introduce concepts that address oppression and oppressed peoples, from a historical and a contemporary perspective, and apply these concepts to settlement work practice models. Particular attention will be paid to exploring the legacy of colonialism in Canada and of how settlement workers can build respectful connections to Indigenous ways of being.
|SETT2070|| Social Contexts in Settlement and Intercultural Work |
This course will develop the skills and competencies required of settlement workers who engage in advocacy work on behalf of individuals, families, and communities in an intercultural context.
|SETT2080|| Self-Care in the Human Services |
This course will introduce learners to basic principles of self-care in the human services. Topics to be explored include burnout, conflict mediation, and safety in the workplace.
|DISB2000|| Intercultural Perspectives on Mental Health and Complex Needs |
This course will survey disability/mental health from a holistic and intercultural practice perspective. Students will examine the western medical model of illness and alternative cultural practices in disability and mental health. Students will investigate common mental health disorders in relationship to disability and review emerging supports from various perspectives.
|Year 2 Term 5 - 16 weeks|
|SETT2030|| Intercultural Perspectives on Leadership |
This course will examine various cultural perspectives on leadership and community work. Students will be exposed to best practices for engaging in settlement work within intercultural spaces.
|SETT2020|| Settlement Studies Practicum II Seminar |
The Settlement Studies Practicum II Seminar will focus on emerging trends in the design and delivery of settlement work. Students will be introduced to the logic model, and how it is used by Settlement Workers to develop action plans to assist newcomers along the Settlement Continuum. Different approaches to settlement work will also be explored. Students will be introduced to avenues of funding that may be accessed by community agencies that provide settlement supports to newcomers.
|SETT2025|| Settlement Studies Practicum II |
This practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of the role of the Settlement/Intercultural Services Provider under the supervision of the College practicum supervisor and a designated mentor in a community setting. This practicum builds on the skills developed in Practicum I and focuses on working with diverse individuals, families, and communities in an intercultural context. During this practicum, students will apply knowledge and skills learned over the course of the program.
Courses marked with an (O) are available through Open Studies.