Employers are looking for students with a broad-based education, with knowledge of topics beyond their vocational program.  General Education courses are therefore required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for all post-secondary students.  The purpose of a Gen Ed course is to provide breadth of knowledge outside of the student's program area, with the ultimate goal of developing a student's sense of social responsibility and citizenship.

According to ministry guidelines, Gen Ed courses fall into one of the following ‘themes' or subject areas:  Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.  We offer a very wide variety of Gen Ed courses at Fanshawe, in subjects such as Anthropology, Film, Psychology, Sociology, Literature, History, Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, and much more. We are continuously developing new courses to offer each semester to keep our curriculum relevant and interesting to students. 

Please take some time to review the wide variety of Gen Ed courses offered at Fanshawe.  We hope you find something you enjoy!

August 7: Withdrawal deadline for a July/August compressed courses.

September 4: First Day of F19 classes.

September 16: Last Day to Add/Drop F19 courses.

The following courses are available ONLINE through Ontario Learn (not FOL) and can be used as your General Education Elective. Registration and payment can be completed with the Office of the Registrar. Start and end dates can be found by searching for the course online:


Abnormal Psychology

Emphasis is on the study of signs and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders. Additionally, there are discussions about eating and sleeping disorders, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Censorship, The Media and You

Censorship, or the act of restricting material deemed unsuitable for public consumption, has existed throughout history. This subject will examine the concept of censorship, its history and application in current issues. Students will be exposed to controversial materials and immersed in the discourse of censorship in order to gain an understanding of who controls knowledge, why and to what effect.


Cults and Terrorism

In this course, students will explore the historical evolution and social impact of cults and terrorist groups. Students will learn ways to identify and define cults. Using discussions and active learning approaches, students will examine what motivates cults and terrorist groups with a specific lens towards violent activity. The impact of media and globalization will also be discussed. Students will advance their social and cultural understanding and gain awareness of cults in contemporary society. Students in this course will discuss the validity of historical evidence and research historical interpretations of events using relevant and recent sources.


Environmental Citizenship

Environmental Citizenship is based on the principles of national citizenship, yet it goes beyond political borders to emphasize global environmental rights and responsibilities. An environmental citizen is committed to learning more about the environment and to taking responsible environmental action. Through a combination of interactive activities, assignments and discussions, students learn how they are personally connected with current environmental issues. Students are also encouraged to adopt attitudes and behaviours that foster global environmental responsibility.


Human Sexuality

This course comprises an analysis of human sexuality drawing on historical, theoretical, cross cultural, and life cycle perspectives of sexual attitudes, behaviours, development, and experiences using a Canadian cultural lens. Selected topics may include, gender relations, body image, sexual diversity, arousal and response, mating, dating, and interpersonal attraction, interpersonal communication, sex education, sexual health or risk, and issues of power or intimacy.


Introduction to Children's Literature

This course introduces students to various texts and sources in the domain of Children's Literature, and gives students the opportunity to discuss the many genres, issues, and theories that pervade the field, while simultaneously helping them gain practice analyzing literature for children with various critical literary elements in mind.


Myths and Legends

Classical myths and legends is a course abounding in fantasy and reality. It delivers legendary classical tales of human passion, human folly, and human dilemma. With celebrated epics, tragedies, and comedies, we journey into timeless problems of love, hate, war, sin, tyranny, courage and fate. We steal a rare look at how the gods dispense their magical powers; we invade a fascinating classical wonderland.


Ontario Learn Contacts:

Michelle Duncan: mduncan@fanshawec.ca, OR
Amanda Feeser: afeeser@fanshawec.ca 



Office hours / drop-in times

Location: A2003, Main campus


July 29th to August 2nd, 2019:

Monday: 9:00am to 11:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am to 11:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am to 11:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am to 11:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Friday: 9:00am to 11:00am 


Please Note:
We are unavailable in person, or by email from August 3rd to August 18th. 


August 19th August 23rd, 2019:

Monday: 9:00am to 11:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am to 11:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am to 11:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am to 11:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Friday: 9:00am to 11:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Can't visit?

Email: gened@fanshawec.ca
Phone: 519-452-4480 or 519-452-4442