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General Studies Courses

General Studies courses may be an option for students interested in taking one or two credit-based courses but who are not currently interested in seeking a credential. Students who successfully complete General Studies courses may be eligible to transfer credit toward a certificate, diploma or degree upon formal admission to a program.

Permission to register in General Studies courses requires approval by the Dean or designate. Supporting documentation and/or prerequisites may be required.

For information about non-credit courses, visit Continuing Studies.

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HSPB500: Foundations of Human Security and Peacebuilding

 Course Description: Focuses on the intellectual foundations of the field through an interdisciplinary examination of the challenges of human security. Approaches the study of human security from the perspectives of economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. Employs broad concept of peacebuilding to designate social transformation that offers greater hope of long-term, sustainable peace. Seeks to illuminate basic theories and concepts through regular reference to concrete cases.  Credits: 3.00

HSPB500: Foundations of Human Security and Peacebuilding

 Course Description: Focuses on the intellectual foundations of the field through an interdisciplinary examination of the challenges of human security. Approaches the study of human security from the perspectives of economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. Employs broad concept of peacebuilding to designate social transformation that offers greater hope of long-term, sustainable peace. Seeks to illuminate basic theories and concepts through regular reference to concrete cases.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
August 21, 2017 October 22, 2017 2086.67 Online
January 2, 2018 March 4, 2018 2125.83 Online
January 7, 2019 March 10, 2019 TBD Online

HUMS641: Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action

 Course Description: Analyzes the moral, ethical and legal basis for humanitarian action. Examines the history of humanitarian policy and practice, and considers its future trajectory in domestic and international contexts. Analyzes humanitarian actors and associated funding, coordination and accountability mechanisms and their influence on humanitarian practice. Examines principles of humanitarian action and efforts to professionalize humanitarian practice. Investigates the fundamentals of effective humanitarian action, including the modalities and the inter-relationship of assistance and protection. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

HUMS641: Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action

 Course Description: Analyzes the moral, ethical and legal basis for humanitarian action. Examines the history of humanitarian policy and practice, and considers its future trajectory in domestic and international contexts. Analyzes humanitarian actors and associated funding, coordination and accountability mechanisms and their influence on humanitarian practice. Examines principles of humanitarian action and efforts to professionalize humanitarian practice. Investigates the fundamentals of effective humanitarian action, including the modalities and the inter-relationship of assistance and protection. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
November 13, 2017 January 28, 2018 2125.83 Online
January 7, 2019 March 10, 2019 TBD Online
April 29, 2019 June 30, 2019 TBD Online

HUMS642: Psychosocial Interventions: Managing Stress, Trauma, and Loss

 Course Description: Examines the psychology and behaviour of survivors, responders and leaders in situations of conflict, crisis, and disaster. Analyzes theory and evidence-informed practices that promote individual and collective resilience and recovery. Explores stress, trauma, grief and coping. Analyzes interventions that address the psychosocial needs of individuals and communities. Pre-requisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

HUMS642: Psychosocial Interventions: Managing Stress, Trauma, and Loss

 Course Description: Examines the psychology and behaviour of survivors, responders and leaders in situations of conflict, crisis, and disaster. Analyzes theory and evidence-informed practices that promote individual and collective resilience and recovery. Explores stress, trauma, grief and coping. Analyzes interventions that address the psychosocial needs of individuals and communities. Pre-requisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
April 30, 2018 June 30, 2018 2125.83 Online
June 10, 2019 August 11, 2019 TBD Online

HUMS643: Ethno-political Conflicts in the Canadian Context

 Course Description: Addresses the nature of and approaches to response to, community conflicts in the Canadian context, with a specific focus on ethno-political forms of conflict. Compares the manifestation of ethno-political conflict in international and domestic contexts. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

HUMS643: Ethno-political Conflicts in the Canadian Context

 Course Description: Addresses the nature of and approaches to response to, community conflicts in the Canadian context, with a specific focus on ethno-political forms of conflict. Compares the manifestation of ethno-political conflict in international and domestic contexts. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
November 13, 2017 January 28, 2018 2125.83 Online
April 29, 2019 June 30, 2019 TBD Online

HUMS651: Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice

 Course Description: Examines special topics in humanitarian policy and practice through comparative case study and discussion with experts in the field. Topics may vary from year to year, and will draw from current and anticipated issues of concern in a range of humanitarian contexts. Focuses on the connections between humanitarian principles and operations and their longer term development and sustainability consequences, placing particular emphasis on extracting lessons learned from recent cases. Examples may include protracted conflicts, political dimensions of humanitarian funding and action, population movements, homelessness, transition from the humanitarian stage to the development phase, and the efficacy of cross-cutting programming initiatives (e.g., gender, vulnerability). Pre-requisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

HUMS651: Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice

 Course Description: Examines special topics in humanitarian policy and practice through comparative case study and discussion with experts in the field. Topics may vary from year to year, and will draw from current and anticipated issues of concern in a range of humanitarian contexts. Focuses on the connections between humanitarian principles and operations and their longer term development and sustainability consequences, placing particular emphasis on extracting lessons learned from recent cases. Examples may include protracted conflicts, political dimensions of humanitarian funding and action, population movements, homelessness, transition from the humanitarian stage to the development phase, and the efficacy of cross-cutting programming initiatives (e.g., gender, vulnerability). Pre-requisites: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
February 13, 2018 April 15, 2018 2125.83 Online
March 25, 2019 May 26, 2019 TBD Online

HUMS652: Adaptive Management for Complex Humanitarian Problems in the 21st Century

 Course Description: Examines leadership theory, research, and practices that support resilience and adaptive planning, addressing concerns related to ill-structured, complex, and inter-related problems, and working in a range of threat environments and contexts. Prerequisites: CAMN502, DEMN502, HSBP500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

HUMS652: Adaptive Management for Complex Humanitarian Problems in the 21st Century

 Course Description: Examines leadership theory, research, and practices that support resilience and adaptive planning, addressing concerns related to ill-structured, complex, and inter-related problems, and working in a range of threat environments and contexts. Prerequisites: CAMN502, DEMN502, HSBP500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
February 13, 2018 April 15, 2018 2125.83 Online
March 25, 2019 May 26, 2019 TBD Online

HUMS653: Environmental and Resource-Based Conflict Management

 Course Description: Explores the nature and impacts of conflicts related to environmental and resource management issues in domestic and international contexts. Examines diversity of perspectives and mandates of stakeholders associated with these types of conflicts, and explores strategies for engaging with these issues to support sustainable development and protect basic human rights. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

HUMS653: Environmental and Resource-Based Conflict Management

 Course Description: Explores the nature and impacts of conflicts related to environmental and resource management issues in domestic and international contexts. Examines diversity of perspectives and mandates of stakeholders associated with these types of conflicts, and explores strategies for engaging with these issues to support sustainable development and protect basic human rights. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
April 30, 2018 June 30, 2018 2125.83 Online

HUMS661: Risk and Crisis Communication

 Course Description: Examines communication needs associated with contexts of heightened concern (e.g., crisis, conflict, disasters). Analyzes theories about perception of risk. Explores theories, principles and practices of risk and crisis communication that support individuals, organizations and communities making effective risk/benefit decisions, managing fear and uncertainty, and responding to crisis. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

HUMS661: Risk and Crisis Communication

 Course Description: Examines communication needs associated with contexts of heightened concern (e.g., crisis, conflict, disasters). Analyzes theories about perception of risk. Explores theories, principles and practices of risk and crisis communication that support individuals, organizations and communities making effective risk/benefit decisions, managing fear and uncertainty, and responding to crisis. Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
November 13, 2017 January 28, 2018 2125.83 Online
January 7, 2019 March 10, 2019 TBD Online
April 29, 2019 June 30, 2019 TBD Online

HUMS662: Professional Practice in Conflict and Change Management

 Course Description: Develops core skills for professionals working in conflict and change management contexts: reflective practice, use of self, skills, process, and context of application. Examines design and implementation of sustainable and integrative changes at organisational and community levels, as well as in complex multi-stakeholder environments. Builds professional competencies for dealing with resistance and generating buy-in and ownership in change processes. (Blended course with a one week residency.) Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

HUMS662: Professional Practice in Conflict and Change Management

 Course Description: Develops core skills for professionals working in conflict and change management contexts: reflective practice, use of self, skills, process, and context of application. Examines design and implementation of sustainable and integrative changes at organisational and community levels, as well as in complex multi-stakeholder environments. Builds professional competencies for dealing with resistance and generating buy-in and ownership in change processes. (Blended course with a one week residency.) Pre-requisites: One of DEMN502, CAMN502, HSPB500, JUST502.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
April 30, 2018 June 30, 2018 2125.83 Blended

HUMS671: Transdisciplinarity in Practice

 Course Description: Provides students opportunities to locate settings, situations and phenomena suitable for deconstructing concepts of justice and humanitarianism. Students can work with theoretical and practical paradigms to generate strategies focused on complex justice-related problem solving that may otherwise go unaddressed. Includes the identification of suitable research methods and policy development. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

HUMS671: Transdisciplinarity in Practice

 Course Description: Provides students opportunities to locate settings, situations and phenomena suitable for deconstructing concepts of justice and humanitarianism. Students can work with theoretical and practical paradigms to generate strategies focused on complex justice-related problem solving that may otherwise go unaddressed. Includes the identification of suitable research methods and policy development. Pre-requisite: One of CAMN502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502. *pending approval  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
April 29, 2019 June 30, 2019 TBD Online

PJMN501: Managing Complex Projects

 Course Description: Project managers use specific proven techniques and strategies for achieving outstanding results. Several models have evolved to provide contextual frameworks for integrating projects within an organization’s strategic goals. This course includes and examines the benefits realization approach and the SMART (strategically managed, aligned, regenerative and transitional) model.  Credits: 3.00

PJMN501: Managing Complex Projects

 Course Description: Project managers use specific proven techniques and strategies for achieving outstanding results. Several models have evolved to provide contextual frameworks for integrating projects within an organization’s strategic goals. This course includes and examines the benefits realization approach and the SMART (strategically managed, aligned, regenerative and transitional) model.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
October 16, 2017 December 17, 2017 2196.67 Online
April 30, 2018 June 30, 2018 2196.67 Online
October 15, 2018 December 16, 2018 TBD Online
June 10, 2019 August 11, 2019 TBD Online