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General Education Course Themes

Themes of General Education

Arts in Society
Courses in this area should provide students with an understanding of the importance of visual and creative arts in human affairs, of the artist's and writer's perceptions of the world, and the means by which those perceptions are translated into the language of literature and artistic expression. They will also provide an appreciation of the aesthetic values used in examining works of art and possibly, a direct experience in expressing perceptions in an artistic medium.

Civic Life
Courses in this area should provide students with an understanding of the meaning of freedoms, rights and participation in community and public life, in addition to a working knowledge of the structure and function of various levels of government (municipal, provincial, national) in Canada and/or in an international context.  They may also provide an historical understanding of major political issues affecting relations between the various levels of government in Canada and their constituents.

Social and Cultural Understanding
Courses in this area are those that deal broadly with major social and cultural themes.  These courses may also stress the nature and validity of historical evidence and the variety of historical interpretation of events.  Courses will provide the students with a view and understanding of the impact of cultural, social, ethnic, or linguistic characteristics.

Personal Understanding
Courses in this area will focus on understanding the individual:  his or her evolution; situation; relationship with others; place in the environment and universe; achievements and problems; and his or her meaning and purpose.  They will also allow students the opportunity to study institutionalized human social behaviour in a systematic way.  Courses fulfilling this requirement may be oriented to the study of the individual within a variety of contexts.

Science and Technology
Courses in this area should stress scientific inquiry and deal with basic or fundamental questions of science rather than applied ones.  They may be formulated from traditional basic courses in such areas of study as biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology or agriculture.  As well, courses related to understanding the role and functions of computers (e.g. data management and information processing) and assorted computer-related technologies, should be offered in a non-applied manner to provide students with an opportunity to explore the impact of these concepts and practices on their lives.
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