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!

July 2: S19 July/August compressed courses begin

July 8: Last day to Add/Drop a July/August compressed course

July 17: F19 Registration Opens

July 22: Withdrawal deadline for a Standard semester course

August 7: Withdrawal deadline for a July/August compressed course

The following diploma/certificate level ONLINE Gen Ed offerings are offered in a compressed (fast track) format & are still available for summer semester registration:


Robots, Cyborgs and Androids in Fiction

July 2 to August 23

From early notions of clockwork humans to contemporary concerns about the possibilities of cloning and artificial intelligence, the idea of mechanically enhanced or replicated human beings has continually challenged the ways we think about what it means to be human. This course looks at how our hopes and fears of technologically reproducing and enhancing humans have been explored in fiction-short stories, films, and a play-from the 19th century to the present.


Popular Culture

***Students who have completed ENGL-1007 cannot register this course***
July 2 to August 23
This course explores a variety of themes found in the discourse of popular culture, critical theory, and visual communication such as the role of consumer society and the corporation, the cultural influence of T.V. and film, the creation of mythic characters, the politics of advertising, the construction of identity, the advent of cyber-cultures and technology, and the power of visual imagery. In addition, students learn to analyze and evaluate representations of race, gender, class and sexuality across various cultural mediums. The course uses articles, essays, book excerpts, and other media, which deal with current issues, ideas, and trends relating to contemporary culture.


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


June 24th to June 28th, 2019:

Monday: 9:00am to 10:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am to 10:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am to 10:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Thursday: 9:00am to 10:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Friday: 9:00am to 10:00am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Can't visit?

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