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Aboriginal Community and Social Development (Co-op)

Aboriginal Community and Social Development (Co-op) Ontario College Diploma, Co-op

What is Aboriginal Community and Social Development (Co-op)?

This program is focused on the planning, development, evaluation and administration of social/health care services within the Aboriginal community. This program includes business and community development studies with an emphasis on integrating cultural, social and health issues relevant to Aboriginal people in Canada. Cultural teachings and smudging are integrated daily throughout each academic semester in social activities, individual program courses, and Traditional Teacher/Elder visits. (Please note: Aboriginal includes First Nations, Metis and Inuit People)

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
ACSD
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
4 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

Contact:
Michele O'Brien
Email:
Michele.OBrien@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1326

This program is focused on the planning, development, evaluation and administration of social/health care services within the Aboriginal community. This program includes business and community development studies with an emphasis on integrating cultural, social and health issues relevant to Aboriginal people in Canada. Cultural teachings and smudging are integrated daily throughout each academic semester in social activities, individual program courses, and Traditional Teacher/Elder visits. (Please note: Aboriginal includes First Nations, Metis and Inuit People)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • identify generational factors that contribute to health, social and economic issues affecting Aboriginal communities


  • discover aspects of one’s individual identity and embark on a path towards a life-long wellness journey


  • discuss cultural awareness and sensitivity through an exploration of Aboriginal culture, language, tradition and healing


  • discuss accountability, professionalism and ethical behaviour in the workplace


  • develop strategies to assist Aboriginal people build healthier communities


  • develop basic and family counselling skills using Western and Aboriginal counselling philosophies


  • plan and prepare presentations and workplace documents including proposals, incorporating an Aboriginal approach


  • examine the effects that historical and contemporary legal and political decisions have had on Aboriginal people.

    apply entrepreneurial strategies to develop growth in Aboriginal communities

    employ environmentally sustainable practices in the community to preserve the culture and traditions

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website: www.georgiancollege.ca/student-services/co-op-and-career-services/students-tab/

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Fall Intake - Barrie

Semester 1 | Semester 2 | Work Term 1 | Semester 3 | Semester 4

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Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

Work Term 2

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Summer

2018

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: General Arts and Science*

- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications

- Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

18 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

4 General Education Courses

2 Co-op Work Terms

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

COMP1003 Microcomputer Applications
GNED1010 Ojibwe Language And Culture 1
GNED2055 Ojibwe Language and Culture 2
GNED2065 Ojibwe Language and Culture 4
GNED2074 Ojibwe Language and Culture 3
NATV1000 Aboriginal Community and Family Life
NATV1001 Personal Growth and Development
NATV1002 Aboriginal Heritage, Tradition and Culture
NATV1003 Introduction to Psychology: An Aboriginal Perspective
NATV2000 Aboriginal People, Politics and Health Care
NATV2002 Introduction To Counselling
NATV2006 Family Counselling
NATV2012 Community Administration and Human Resource Practices
NATV2013 Community Growth and Program Development
NATV2014 Aboriginal Treaties, Rights and Laws
NATV2016 Aboriginal Proposal Development
NATV2017 Holistic Health and Healing
NATV2018 Proposal Writing for Economic Development
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list
Co-op Work Terms

COOP1016 Aboriginal Education Work Term 1
COOP2012 Aboriginal Education Work Term 2
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For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Michele O'Brien
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1326

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