Human Services Foundation


Human Services Foundation-2023/2024

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BSCI-1252Leadership in Community Studies3
This course will assist students gain a greater awareness and understanding of their own personal attributes and fit for the community studies field. There will be a focus on personal development and the understanding of leadership styles. Students will become more aware of their behaviours, attitudes, and values as they learn to improve their leadership and communications skills.
SKLS-1024College Orientation Skills3
This course will help the student to become successful in a post-secondary environment. Students will develop skills and strategies associated with academic preparation (including essay writing and presentation skills). The focus on critical thought is an essential component for this course. The exploration of college services will also be addressed.
Psychology is the study of who we are and why we do what we do. This course is an introduction to understanding ourselves and others. The student will learn to view the human experience from a variety of perspectives.
SKLS-1027Digital Literacy-Intro3
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop their professional presentation skills through a variety of activities. Students will develop professional digital literacy skills through computerized application. Students will produce professional multimedia presentations, spreadsheets and word processed documents using Microsoft technologies. These skills will be demonstrated through oral and written presentations.
DEVL-1050Discovery of Community Studies Careers3
Students will be introduced to specific information on a variety of community studies careers. The student will be provided with opportunities to investigate career options within the field to determine suitability in those professions. The student will investigate a range of agencies within their community to explore services. Further, they will develop an understanding as to how agencies work together and separately within the larger community.
BSCI-1254Developing the Professional Persona3
Students will have an opportunity to explore their personal values and belief systems as they learn about professionalism in the community studies field. They will start to define themselves as professionals in the helping field as they are introduced to ethics and standards for employment. The student will become aware of expectations related to the professional practice component (volunteer requirements) of the Human Services Foundation program that occurs in the second semester.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BSCI-1255Cultivating Self-Care3
Self-care is the intentional act of taking care of yourself and making you a priority in your daily life. It involves taking responsibility for your well-being in your: physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and vocational domains. The Cultivating Self-care course supports students in exploring what they need in each of these domains and creating self-care plans to help them achieve their goals. Students learn about self-awareness and self-reflection leading to changes that can give life more balance, meaning, purpose, and fulfilment. Self-care is an essential 'survival skill' for those who are considering a career in the demanding, yet rewarding human services field.
BSCI-1256Human Growth & Development3
This course offers an introduction to the study of human development across the lifespan. Students will examine developmental stages from early child development through to late adulthood and beyond. They will have an opportunity to develop a better understanding of their own developmental process.
BSCI-1258Components of Identity3
This course will help the student raise their awareness as it relates to human diversity. The student will explore topics connected to culture, gender, and privilege. Students will develop an understanding of inclusive communities while developing skills to work effectively within the community studies field.
BSCI-1246Interpersonal Communication3
This course will help students develop essential skills as it relates to interpersonal communication. Some of the key skills to be focused on include listening and conflict resolution. As communication is the foundation for developing relationships, this course is essential in developing interpersonal competence.
The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with the sociological perspective and how it explains various forms of societal behaviour. In addition, the course is designed to enable the student to objectively critique and analyze various social structures and social processes from a sociological point of view.
BSCI-3048Ethics & Professionalism3
This course will focus on the understanding of ethical issues and the ability to utilize essential skills within the educational and professional field. The student will learn how to implement an ethical decision making model when faced with challenging situations. Through volunteer experiences and practical scenarios the student will examine components of moral decisions, ethical concerns and respect for different views.
BSCI-1257Family Trends in Canada3
This course will examine the changing family trends within a Canadian context. The student will begin with the conceptualization of family. They will further their understanding of themselves through the exploration of the family life cycle and the ever changing challenges connected to the family.

Addt'l Reqmt
(Students who place out of the WRIT Assessment must take 3
additional elective English credits at the Post-Secondary

Group 1
WRIT-1094Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies3
This course will introduce Community Studies students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

Group 2
COMM-3082Communications for Community Studies3
This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of Community Studies, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the Community Studies workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.

Group 3

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 12 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program