Academic Calendar

Human Services

Many of the seats in these courses are reserved for students in the Social Work and Human Services programs (see also Social Work course descriptions). Other students may take these courses if they meet the prerequisites and there is space.
Note: For current transferability information see the B.C. Transfer Guide online at bctransferguide.ca


English language proficiency requirements

Students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ELS or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

HSER 120

3 credits

Interpersonal Communications for Human Services

Prerequisite(s): None

Introduces students to effective interpersonal communications for human services. Topics include active listening, building rapport, conflict resolution, cultural humility, emotional intelligence, empathy, Indigenous cultural safety, personal and professional values, use of self, verbal and non-verbal communications, paraphrasing, questioning, and worldview.

HSER 130

7 credits

Social Services Practicum I

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Social Service Worker diploma, HSER 120, and one of (CMNS 125 or ENGL 105).

Pre- or corequisite(s): SOWK 110

200-hour supervised field experience in a social service or school setting. Students attend a seminar that integrates theory and practice, Indigenous and professional codes of ethics, work/life balance, and personal wellness.

HSER 131

7 credits

SCSW Practicum

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the School and Community Support Worker certificate, HSER 120, HSER 190, SOWK 110, and one of (CMNS 125 or ENGL 105).

Pre- or corequisite(s): HSER 192, HSER 195, and HSER 196.

200-hour supervised field experience in a community inclusion or school setting. Students attend a seminar that integrates theory and practice, Indigenous and professional codes of ethics, work/life balance, and personal wellness.

Note: A valid First Aid Certificate (Red Cross Basic Life Support, Occupational First Aid Level 1, or St. John Ambulance Standard FirstAid) is required prior to practicum placement.

HSER 140

3 credits

Introduction to Indigenous-Centred Human Services

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Social Service Worker diploma.

Pre- or corequisite(s): HSER 120 and SOWK 110.

Introduces the history of human services as it relates to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada from point of contact to the present. Students are prepared to work with Indigenous Peoples in culturally safe ways, exploring Indigenous-settler relationships and differing worldviews.

Note: Fieldtrips outside of class time are required.

HSER 160

3 credits

Introduction to Aging & Working with Older Adults

Pre- or corequisite(s): CMNS 125 or ENGL 105.

Introduces the concept of aging at the individual and societal level within the context of changing demographics and biological, psychological, and sociological determinants: health, economics, employment, housing, family life, cultural diversity, elder abuse and neglect, and end-of-life issues.

HSER 190

3 credits

Introduction to Community and School Support

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the School and Community Support Worker certificate or Social Service Worker diploma program.

Introduces students to current service provisions within schools and community for people who have diverse abilities. Topics include the history of community living, transitioning from school to community, person-centred planning, and the intersection of professional ethics and personal values.

HSER 192

3 credits

Supporting Students in Schools

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the School and Community Support Worker certificate or Social Service Worker diploma.

Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in schools, as directed by classroom and Learning Support teachers. They will explore the Education Assistant's role in achieving meaningful participation for diverse students in inclusive schools.

HSER 194

3 credits

Education Assistants and Inclusive Schools

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the School and Community Support Worker certificate or Social Service Worker diploma.

Students will consider schools as engaging and inclusive gathering places for all learners. They will explore the education assistant’s collaborative role in supporting social and emotional well-being for individual students and the school community.

HSER 195

3 credits

Relationships and the Community

Prerequisite(s): HSER 190

This course will provide you with clear insight and understanding into the critical issue of relationships with and of people with disabilities. It will offer a challenging look at individual values and belief systems, and provide you with strategies for creating and maintaining supportive and value-enhancing relationships. The impact of critical issues such as segregation, institutionalization, deinstitutionalization, family support, friendships, intimacy and sexual relationships, leisure and recreational opportunities, with an emphasis of community participation, will be examined.

HSER 196

3 credits

Personal Care for Persons with Disabilities

Prerequisite(s): HSER 190 or permission of the Director.

This practical course provides the prospective worker with a fundamental overview of techniques involved in providing personal care, safety and comfort to people with multiple disabilities. The role of the community support worker in relation to the particular responsibilities of other health care professionals will be examined.

HSER 200

3 credits

Interview and Assessment Skills for Human Services

Prerequisite(s): HSER 120.

Students will learn beginning competencies in models of interviewing, assessment, and intervention. Students will be expected to practice interpersonal communication skills in the context of a helping relationship, engage in reflective practice, and explore personal experiences as they relate to their own worldview, values, and ethics.

HSER 230

7 credits

Social Services Practicum II

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Social Service Worker diploma and HSER 130.

Pre- or corequisite(s): HSER 140, HSER 200, and SOWK 297.

200-hour supervised field experience in a social service or school setting, building on HSER 130. Students attend a seminar that integrates theory and practice, professional and cultural codes of ethics, work/life balance, and personal wellness.

HSER 290

3 credits

Directed Studies in Social Service Work

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Social Services department

This course will appeal to students whose particular area of interest cannot be met through existing courses.

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