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Course # Courses OntarioLearn Status
OLRN1970 Abnormal Psychology
Description: Recommended Prerequisite: Introduction to 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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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SOC1120 Aging in Society
Description: This course focuses on a multi-disciplinary examination of the ways in which human aging is viewed by society and how these perceptions impact society's response to the practical and socio-political aspects of aging. Students will examine personal attitudes and societal myths and stereotypes of aging and their impact on behaviours toward those who are aging.

Drawing on Canadian and international evidence, students will examine aging as a demographic phenomenon and a complex social construct that varies by time and place and intersects with race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and wellness. They will analyze how life transitions are influenced by social perceptions of aging and determine quality of life dimensions in a variety of settings. Students will assess how their own personal history relates to the broader cultural orientations discovered.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN2070 Art Through the Ages
Description: This course is designed to familiarize students with early historical foundations to present day exemplars of art making. World art with an emphasis on Western art history (from renaissance to today) and minor focus on international art (Canadian, Contemporary, Asian, First Nations, Islamic, etc. is covered. Students will be expected to complete required readings, write an essay and final examination.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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OLRN1935 Canadian Politics
Description: An overview of Canadian politics covering the structure of Canadian Government, the practice of politics and a background of major political issues.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1150 Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds
Description: What makes a psychopath tick? Are they born that way, or are they products of society? Are serial killers really possessed with evil, or do they know exactly what they are doing? In this course, students will study how and why some individuals become criminals and why some actually become killers. You will study what is known about serial killers, stalkers, rapists and criminals. Also, the latest techniques used in criminal profiling and questioning will be examined.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1160 Criminal Psychology II - Criminal Minds
Description: Does rehabilitation really work for criminals? Do alcohol and drugs cause individuals to commit more crimes? What motivates cult members, racists and terrorists into committing acts of violence? This course further explores issues discussed in Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds (Internet), and compares and explains psychological models as they relate to criminology.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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OLRN1103 Cults And Terrorism
Description: This course will focus on conformity issues surrounding religious fundamentalism, sects, cults, and terrorist groups. The reasons why people join, and why they may have a difficult time leaving, will be examined. Society's contributions to supporting cultic groups will be explored. Strategies for protecting individuals and vulnerable populations from cultic and terrorist activity will be developed.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1220 Developmental Psychology
Description: Using a developmental psychology lens this course focuses on providing students with an opportunity to improve understanding of self. Through personal reflection students will examine the human lifespan from conception and prenatal development through old age and death. Students will gain understanding and perspective of their development across physical, cognitive, social and personality contexts. Examination of fundamental theories, historical arguments/perspectives and current issues provide opportunity for critical thinking and application of influences to one's development within the student's life.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1230 Domestic And Workplace Violence
Description: This course will examine conflict resolution strategies and where they work to reduce incidents of violent behaviour such as abusive relationships, confrontation in the workplace, and violence in schools.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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LIBS1160 Essentials Of Canadian History
Description: This course is a study of some of the major themes of Canadian history from Confederation to the present. It is designed to increase the student's understanding of how our past influences and engages with the present, and how we are shaping our future. This aligns with the general education themes of Social & Cultural Understanding and Civic Life.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN2140 Growing Up Digital - Living and Working in Canada
Description: Youth in Canada today are the first generation to grow up in a digital world and they are transforming our culture and institutions. This course looks at the Internet and its role in shaping recent history and society. It examines the impact of digital media that empowers our youth to communicate, learn, play, shop and work differently from previous generations. It also provides analytical tools to anticipate and act on what lies ahead in the future.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1390 History of Indigenous Canadian Relations
Description: This course provides an overview of the historic stages of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples in Canada from contact to present day. It will explore the different world views at contact, they years of cooperation and negotiation through the fur trade and treaty making era and the impact of government colonial policy on Aboriginal communities, cultures and peoples. The course will also explore the progress towards a renewed relationship since the Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal rights. It provides an important context for understanding contemporary issues between Aboriginal and Canadian societies including land claims, treaties and self-government.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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OLRN1285 Hockey Hall of Fame Presents
Description: Recommended: English 1.

This subject details the incredible growth of Canada's national pastime, including the NHL's formulation, the "original six" and national/international expansion.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1020 Human Sexuality
Description: 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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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LIBS1710 Impact of Aviation on Canadian National Development
Description: Through a review of the history of Canadian aviation, students will learn about the impact that aviation has had on the development of Canada as a nation. This will be accomplished by examining the early years of aviation, Canada's military participation in and contribution to Allied aviation efforts during the wars of the 20th Century, and the influence of aviation in the development of the Canadian north. Additionally the course will focus on the transition from trains and ships to airplanes as the preferred method of regional, transcontinental and international travel, and the effects of Canada's aviation industries on the country's economic development and Canada's international trade and influence.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1057 Introduction To Psychology
Description: In order to understand ourselves and interact appropriately with others, we must first understand the basis for behaviour. The study of psychology provides you with an understanding of why people think and act as they do. It examines the scientific process of research, the human brain and the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, memory and personality.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN2180 Introduction to Science
Description: This course introduces the student to notations for scientific measurement, basic chemical principles, elements and compounds, nuclear weight, organic chemistry and health related biological principles.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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OLRN1530 Introduction To Sociology
Description: Sociology is the study of people and how they interact with each other and various social groups. This course deals with the study of people's lives, their relationship to society as a whole, and how people are affected by the society in which they live. The concepts, theories and methods of the discipline will be introduced and discussed with particular emphasis on the dynamics of Canadian society and Canadian social problems.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1017 Introduction to Sustainable Development
Description: This course will introduce the concept of sustainable development to a broad audience. We will discuss the environmental, economic and social impacts that affect the sustainability of our communities. The course will investigate the development of human populations and how their energy and nutritional needs have compromised the natural ecosystems. Social and economic factors will be explored that will lead to greater social equality and more sustainability in the world economy. Individual responsibility to sustainability through lifestyle changes will be examined.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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OLRN2190 Learning Strategies-Learning How to Learn
Description: This course is designed to help you better understand how YOU learn - and how YOU can "learn better". It explores the various aspects of our brain, short and long-term memory, working memory, executive functions...The various learning styles we use - and how to effectively use them are presented. The key role that motivation plays in learning is developed. You will also learn about highly effective learning, reading, writing, organizational and study strategies. This very hands-on course will benefit you and the children with whom you work.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1600 Macroeconomics
Description: Recommended: Microeconomics (Internet) [formerly Introduction to Microeconomics (Internet)].

This course introduces students to the principles essential to understanding contemporary macroeconomic issues. Emphasis is placed on the use of economic models to analyze economic developments accurately and objectively. Students examine the macroeconomic problems facing society including unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. As well, students evaluate government use of fiscal and monetary policy to deal with these problems. The impact of macroeconomics on students' civic, working and personal lives is explored. Note: Students who successfully complete this course can apply for an exemption from Macroeconomics.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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PSYC1200 Mental Health and Society
Description: This course focuses on a multi-disciplinary examination of the ways in which mental health and addiction are viewed by society and how these perceptions influence society's response to the practical and socio-political aspects of mental illness. Students will examine personal attitudes, societal myths, and stereotypes related to mental illness and addiction. Students will be challenged to critically reflect upon how their personal orientations and resulting behaviours about mental illness, addiction, and wellness impact their cultural, societal and political beliefs.
Drawing on literature, arts, politics, media, medicine, and the social sciences, students will critically examine mental illness and addiction as a social construct and contrast and compare assumptions of agency, normalcy, treatment, and recovery. Students will also learn firsthand from those with mental illness, evaluate the effects of mental illness in special populations including Indigenous people and the elderly, and apply their learning through health simulation activities. Finally, students will explore ways that those affected by mental illness and addiction construct and assess themselves.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1650 Microeconomics
Description: This course introduces the student to the principles that are essential to an understanding of contemporary microeconomic issues. Emphasis is placed on the use of economic models to analyze economic developments accurately and objectively. Students will examine the role of prices and competitive markets in the allocation of resources, firm behaviour and market structures; as well, they will evaluate the effects of government intervention in the economic marketplace.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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OLRN1680 Myths And Legends
Description: Recommended: College English or equivalent.

This subject examines the similarities and differences of world mythology and legends. By discussing stories from different cultures, students will see the common threads of the human experience.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1018 Nutrition
Description: Recommended: College English or equivalent.

Do you feel stressed out? Do you eat when you're not hungry? Are you tired all the time? These are only some of the side effects of not living a balanced lifestyle. This course will teach you how to put control back into your life. In the first half of the course, we analyze how nutrients breakdown and work together in the body. In the second half, we discuss issues and theories involving health and nutrition. There is a mid-term and final exam to be written at the registering college.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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LIBS1560 Our Domain: Geography and Human Populations
Description: In this course, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the interdependent relationship between geography and the location of human populations. Through scientific inquiry, students will study the world's geographic landscape, the global processes that shape planet earth, and their relationship to the location of climates and the natural resources required to sustain healthy societies. Challenges and opportunities related to demands for natural resources, energy, agricultural and economic productivity will be explored along with the ever increasing impact our accelerating population growth is having on shaping our planets future and the life that inhabits it.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN2200 Personality Psychology
Description: Personality psychology is a branch of psychology that defines what personality is and how it influences our behaviour and actions. This course will seek to understand how personality is developed. Through an examination of current research and theories, the course will explore patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behavior that make a person unique. Personality assessment and intelligence testing will be explored
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN2210 Political Geography
Description: This course will examine the geopolitical forces impinging on global politics, while treating regions and countries of the world that are significant from a Canadian perspective. We explore the earth's physical features, natural resources, environmental conditions, climate, population characteristics, and economic forces. The course relates these to the conduct and status of political entities such as nation-states and international institutions, as well as religious, ethnic, gender, and ideological groups. We start with an historical overview of reflections on geopolitics from the discipline's beginnings in the late 19th century, through the Cold War, and up until the current post-Cold War era. From there, we turn our focus to specific issues such as America's superpower status, Canada's relations to the world, the environment, energy, and terrorism. The course ends with a study of the Middle East, Africa, southern Asia, Europe, Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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OLRN1024 Principles of Ethical Reasoning
Description: This course focuses on ethical issues faced by the individual as a person and more particularly as a professional with authority and responsibility for law enforcement. It will help the student clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. The course will focus the students' minds on the importance of moral philosophy as a component of the decision making process.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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LIBS1650 Quest for Wisdom
Description: This course gives students the opportunity to study philosophical anthropology by examining what it means to be human and what it means to be wise. Through discussion, reading, writing and the viewing of films we will focus on the answers given to us by science, philosophy, spirituality and technology. We will attempt to understand the meaning of our existence as we quest and weave through the roads established by death, emotion, pleasure, disease, hostility, hospitality, spirituality and love, rationality, art and tragedy, community and conflict.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1305 Racism and Discrimination
Description: Racism and discrimination will be defined and discussed in the context of Canadian multicultural society. Learners will identify types of discrimination and racism and discuss the connection between discrimination and society. Sociological factors, such as the media, that may contribute to biases and prejudice will also be analyzed. The objectives of this course are to sensitize students to intolerance that is based on race or ethnicity and to consider ways to handle these issues in a pluralistic society.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1905 Same Sex Issues
Description: This course is an introductory survey of the history, life and culture of gay and lesbian men and women in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere. Students examine a number of topics such a personal and family life, same-sex relationships, health and social issues, media and the arts, to gain a better understanding of their impact on and relevance to homosexual people.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1340 Science Fiction
Description: Recommended: College level English or equivalent.
The world is constantly evolving, in large part due to our technological advances. Science Fiction is ideally suited to explore our changing world. A variety of short stories and novels exposes students to the amazing narratives and fantastic voyages of this literary genre.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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COMM1042 Social Media and Society
Description: In a few short years, social media has profoundly changed the global communication landscape. With the advent of social media tools such Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Twitter, more and more people are connecting and collaborating online, and creating and distributing content in ways we have never seen before. This course will provide a summary of the major developments in social media and will examine how social media is changing media, business, government, the economy, development, and education in fundamental ways. Students will be introduced to a variety of social media environments and will gain hands-on experience with many of the leading social media applications. This course requires active participation of students and a willingness to immerse in social media practices.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN2220 Social Psychology
Description: Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, interact, influence and relate to others. The course will emphasize understanding about how and why individuals behave, think and feel in social situations. Of particular importance will be the study of the individual, their thoughts and resultant behaviour in social situations.
Hours: 42
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OLRN2230 Sociology: Diversity and Social Change
Description: This course explores various sociological perspectives and demonstrates how systematic studies are used to challenge common sense perpsectives about social life. Particular areas of study include social structure, gender, "race" and ethnicity, the family, population, social movements and change. This course is meant to built on the outcomes and objectives taken in Sociology I.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1074 Stress, Wellness and Nutrition
Description: Stress can play a significant role in people's professional lives. Learning how to deal with stress is vital to long term health. While stress alone does not cause disease, it triggers molecular changes throughout the body that make people more susceptible to many illnesses. In this course, students will gain an understanding of the importance of how to deal with both positive and negative stress in their lives. By using wellness perspectives, each student will gain more insight into how he or she can control both internal and external stressors.

Working in careers that have high critical stress componentscan eventually lead to fatique and burnout. Professionals who work in law enforcement and emergency response will be able to relate all class content to actual workplace experiences. Emphasis will be placed on learning to deal with stress in a positive manner, such as exercise, nutrition and adequate sleep.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1073 The Game of Soccer and Its Impact on Society
Description: Examine how the game of soccer impacts socio-economic, religious, political, and cultural views in countries around the globe. Discover and explore, cultural tends and human behaviors influenced by soccer ideology and its effects on “pop culture”.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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LIBS1870 The Middle Ages and the Modern World: Facts and Fiction
Description: The course will provide students with an introduction to the impact that major cultural traditions of the Middle Ages have had on the modern world. The course will include myths, narratives, images, and other forms of representation from a variety of Western European national and religious traditions. Topics may include the study of kings, warriors, saints, knights, mystics, mythological heroes, and exotic beasts such as dragons. It will also include examinations of medieval-themed material in modern popular culture, including fictional writing, movies, video games, businesses and historic sites, both online and offline. No prior knowledge of medieval studies is required. This course fits into the General Education theme - Arts in Society.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1915 The World of Astronomy
Description: Astronomy is the study of all that which is beyond the Earth. This course examines the visible features of the sky—Moon, Sun, planets, stars, constellations, meteors and galaxies. Students will learn how to ‘navigate across the night sky' by moving from constellation to constellation in a logical and progressive manner. In addition, students will examine the content of key constellations in detail and develop skills in analyzing and explaining unique astronomical phenomena.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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OLRN1045 Understanding Literature
Description: Understanding Literature acquaints students with the tools necessary to appreciate literature critically by reviewing literary history and examining different genres. Students will explore themes and conventions associated with these genres and develop an understanding of literary analysis and various critical approaches. For creative writing students, this course will provide a framework in which to appreciate and evaluate their own writing.
Hours: 48
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OLRN1900 What In The World Is Going On?
Description: Recommended: College English or equivalent.
News stories confront us with people, places, issues, and crises from around the world. An understanding of background issues helps us make informed judgements. This subject focuses on the main news stories of the day and looks for your critical interpretations.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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OLRN1110 Writing Short Stories
Description: This is an introductory course for the aspiring story writer that focuses on the particularities of this literary genre. Character development, narrative unity, and plot construction are explored by analyzing selected short stories and participating in writing exercises. Students will follow a step-by-step approach to producing a story suitable for publication. The process of submission for publication, as well as the various opportunities for publication is examined.
Hours: 48
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