INTD – Interdisciplinary Courses
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. Students learn the importance of self-awareness, relationship development, diversity competency, and conflict management as essential skills for the human service professional.
Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health
This course introduces students to the social determinants of health. Students will learn about the social, political and economic forces that shape the health of individuals which is central to a deeper awareness of inequities in health. Students will critically examine what determines health, become more cognizant of social inequities in health and will be able to make informed recommendations on improving the health status of diverse populations in Canada.
Introduction to Mental Health Promotion
This course introduces students to the continuum of mental health promotion. Students will learn about mental health as a social determinant of health and how social, political and built environments can foster and/or challenge the health of individuals. Students will identify pathways to mental health promotion via primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. Students will examine mental health promotion policies in order to determine how issues of equity contribute to mental health status and the overall health of individuals.
Global Issues in Public Health
Individual and population health is shaped by local, national, and international historical, sociocultural, economic, and environment factors. These serve as the drivers of public health policy and practice in Canada and around the world. In this course, students will explore in a global context, issues such as health protection and disease, injury prevention, health promotion, health assessment and surveillance, and the response to emergent health crises.
Climate Change and Health
Climate change is not only a phenomenon of the physical environment, it is a significant factor in determining individual and population health and safety. In this course, students will explore the impact of climate change in Canada and in select other regions of the world as an influence on health and on the capacity of health care and emergency response systems to address climate-induced health challenges.
Developing Healthy Communities: Wicked Problems and System Change
Societal health issues are complex. In this course, students will examine a strategic systems approach to defining difficult problems in public health by exploring the connecting and interacting elements that define the challenge. By examining specific and current issues, students will develop the tools needed to understand whole problems beyond a siloed approach and learn the skill of mapping a problem fully as the basis for generating sustainable and viable solutions.
Sport, Development and Peace
Sport can enable, but also disable positive social development. In this course, students will explore the relationships that sport, from local to global contexts, has with social development, with particular emphasis on peace and conflict resolution. The Canadian sport system will be the foundation for analyzing the role that sport can play in constructive social development. Building on this foundation, students will examine other regions of the world, different cultural contexts and the role that sport plays in them.
A Critical Approach to the Business of Sport
Sport whether professional or amateur, major or minor, has aspects of business that underlie its success or failure. In this course, students will explore the ways in which formal sport organizations operate from the perspective of vision, mission, and goals. Revenues and costs, people and culture, and their relationship with the political, economic, and social climate in which they exist will be considered. Both Canadian and international perspectives will be studied.
Working with Sexual and Gender Minority Children and Youth
This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to effectively work with and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer and questioning children and youth in a variety of workplace, educational, and community settings and contexts. Note: Students cannot obtain credit in both SOWK 433 and INTD 230.