Human Relations and Spirituality (Honours Bachelor of Arts with Major)Download the program description (PDF)
The study of human relations involves two main disciplines: human sciences (particularly the study of human behaviour) and spirituality. Interpersonal relationships can be based on companionship, love, solidarity, professional affiliation or other kinds of social interaction. The program’s spirituality component examines our relationship with a supreme being as well as with each other.
Offered by the Faculty of Human Sciences, the Human Relations and Spirituality undergraduate program is the only one of its kind in Ontario. It investigates such topics as social justice, human development, acceptance of diversity, inclusiveness and humanism.
In addition to the foundational courses,* the program teaches students about the psychological, sociological, cultural, spiritual and religious aspects that influence both the individual and society.
A student enrolled in the Human Relationships and Spirituality program (Honours Bachelor of Arts with Major) must add a complementary major in Social Communication, or a complementary minor in Social Communication, Philosophy, Philosophy and Theology, Private and Public Ethics or Theology, according to the student’s particular interests and requirements.
*The foundational courses are a compulsory part of every bachelor’s degree program offered at Saint Paul University.
What you’ll learn
During your studies you will learn to describe and compare key concepts and theories in human sciences, and explain how spirituality can both help and hinder our growth as human beings. You will also discover the different cultural and spiritual traditions and intervention models used in the field of the helping relationship and related fields, such as group intervention and leadership. You will learn how to analyze issues critically and objectively, and to describe and explain the main qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in the field.
Why choose Saint Paul University?
- For its small class sizes and close student-teacher ratio
- For its safe, secure and friendly campus with personalized services
- For its bilingual setting in the heart of the national capital
- For its diverse student population and international vision
- For its solid reputation, experience, history and Catholic tradition
- Aid worker
- Community worker
- Emergency response officer
- Employment counsellor
- Employment equity policy consultant
- Human rights officer
- Immigration advisor
- Outreach worker
- Probation and parole officer
- Social policy analyst
- Street outreach worker
- Trainer for ecclesial communities and organizations
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Other programs that may interest you
- Social Communication (Honours Bachelor of Arts with Major)
- Social Communication (Honours Bachelor of Arts with Specialization)
- Conflict Studies (Honours Bachelor of Arts with Specialization)
- Certificate in Group Intervention and Leadership
A student enrolled in this Honours Bachelor's Program with major must add a complementary major or a complementary minor.
- BELLEHUMEUR Christian, Associate Professor
- GALL Terry Lynn, Full Professor
- GRAFANAKI Sotiria, Full Professor
- GUINDON Marilyn, Assistant Professor and Director, Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
- GUIRGUIS-YOUNGER Manal, Dean
- MALETTE Judith, Full Professor
- RIGBY Paul
- ROVERS Martin, Full Professor
- STE-MARIE Lorraine, Associate Professor
Applications: A step-by-step guide
STEP 1: Choose a program of study
STEP 2: Learn about admission requirements
STEP 3: Submit your application
STEP 4: Gather the documents needed for the assessment of your application
STEP 5: Assessment of your application
STEP 6: Accept your offer of admission
STEP 7: Choose your courses
|STEP 1: CHOOSE A PROGRAM OF STUDY|
|STEP 2: LEARN ABOUT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS|
- Ontario applicants
- Quebec applicants
- Applicants from the Atlantic and Western provinces
- International applicants
- Applicants from other universities
- Mature applicants
From secondary school
Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with at least six 4U or 4M level courses, including one 4U level course in English or français.
From Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT)
- After one year of studies
You are eligible if you have completed one year of a college program and have obtained the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with one language course (English or français) at the college or 4U level.
- After a two- or three-year program
If you have completed a two- or three-year college program, you can obtain up to 30 credits of advanced standing (transfer credits).
Our transfer agreements
Saint Paul University has developed a number of transfer agreements with colleges, allowing applicants to receive up to 30 equivalency credits. Find out more by consulting the tab entitled College Credit Transfer.
From secondary school
Have a Secondary School Diploma with an average of 84%, including one course in English or français at the Secondary V level.
Have completed 12 courses of general studies (not including physical education and refresher courses), including English (603) or français (601). Applicants who have successfully completed 12 courses of general studies may obtain up to 15 credits of advanced standing, and those who have successfully completed more than 12 courses of general studies may obtain up to 30 credits of advanced standing.
Applicants from the Atlantic and Western provinces
Have a Secondary School Diploma, including one course in English or français at the Grade 12 level.
Applicants from other universities
Applications from other Canadian or international universities will be assessed based on the applicant’s previous secondary and post-secondary studies. University equivalency credits may be granted depending on the studies completed and the program into which the person is admitted.
Have a diploma attesting to 12 years of education equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Persons who have completed a secondary diploma attesting to 13 years of education, such as the Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire français, can receive up to 30 credits of advanced standing.
When the applicant’s academic record does not meet normal conditions for admission, it is possible to apply as a mature applicant, provided that the person has not been enrolled in full-time studies for at least two consecutive years. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have experience that can be considered sufficient preparation for pursuing undergraduate studies.
|STEP 3: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION|
You have two options
If you are applying for admission to an undergraduate program at more than one Ontario university, including Saint Paul University:
- Complete the application form available at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Because Saint Paul University is federated with the University of Ottawa, you will find programs offered by Saint Paul University listed under the University of Ottawa.
If you are applying for an undergraduate program at Saint Paul University only, or if you are applying for a master’s or doctoral program:
- Complete the following form.
|STEP 4: GATHER THE DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF YOUR APPLICATION|
In order for us to assess your application, you must submit official transcripts for all of your previous studies (secondary, college and university). These transcripts must be sent directly from your academic institution to the following address:
Saint Paul University
Office of Admissions and Student Services
223 Main Street
However, to expedite the assessment process for your application, you can scan your documents and e-mail them to the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org and then send your official documents through the mail.
|STEP 5: ASSESSMENT OF YOUR APPLICATION|
Once the Office of Admissions receives all the required documents, it will begin to assess your application. One of the following decisions will be sent to you at the email address you gave us, as well as to your postal address.
- Offer of admission
The Office of Admissions will send you an offer of admission (unconditional).
- Conditional offer of admission
The Office of Admissions will make you a conditional offer of admission, with specific conditions that you must meet by a certain deadline. You can still proceed to registration (course selection).
- Deferred decision
The Office of Admissions can inform you that some information is missing and therefore the University is unable to make a decision regarding your eligibility. If applicable, the Office will tell you which documents to send and by what date.
The Office of Admissions will inform you of the reasons for the refusal.
|STEP 6: ACCEPT YOUR OFFER OF ADMISSION|
To accept an offer of admission and a scholarship offer, if applicable, you must sign the form entitled Admission acceptance form that accompanies your offer of admission and send it to Saint Paul University by email, before the deadline, to the following address email@example.com or mail it to:
Saint Paul University
Office of Admissions and Student Services
223 Main Street
|STEP 7: CHOOSE YOUR COURSES|
With your offer of admission, you will receive all the information you will need to choose your courses. You will also receive the contact information for our academic advisors; you can meet with them one on one or during information sessions for guidance and to help you finalize your course selection.
Foundational Courses (24 credits)
Compulsory Courses: 21 credits
- HTP1101 Trends in Western Thought
- HTP1102 Artistic and Literary Imagination: Expressions of the Human Experience
- HTP1103 People, Politics and the Planet
- HTP1104 Faith, Justice and the Common Good
- ISC2309 English Composition
- ISC2314 Public Speaking
- PHI2181 Human Knowledge
Optional Courses: 3 credits from
- MIS2103 World Religions
- THO1306 Exploring the Sacred
- THO1307 Understanding the Bible
Major in Human Relations and Spirituality (42 credits)
Compulsory Courses: 30 credits
- ECS2191 Introduction to Conflict Studies
- ECS2192 Inequality, Conflict and Social Justice
- IGL1103 Introduction to Group Dynamics
- IGL2136 Group Intervention Lab I
- IGL2138 Group Intervention Lab II
- PHI3131 Ethics Counselling
- PSY1101 Introduction to Psychology: Foundations (UO)
- PSY1102 Introduction to Psychology: Applications (UO)
- THO2315 Ethics and the Human Person
- THO3166 Moral Existence
Optional Courses: 12 credits
3 credits from:
- ECS3126 Discrimination and Conflict
- IGL3112 Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership and Group Facilitation
- PSY3102 Interpersonal Relationship (UO)
3 credits from:
- ECS3123 Psychological Impacts of Conflicts
- IGL3140 Practicum 1: Initiation to Group Intervention in Organizations
- PHI3307 Ethics and Multiculturalism
- PSY3171 Psyschopathology (UO)
6 credits from:
- ECS4101 Causes of Conflict 1: Biological and Psychological Approaches
- IGL4117 Creativity in Support of Groups
- PSY4391 Special Topics in Psychology (UO)
- THO4104 Sexual Ethics (Prerequisite: THO 3166)
- THO4106 Bioethics
Elective Courses (54 credits)
- Students complete a second major (42 credits) and 12 credits or a minor (30 credits) and 24 credits.
- 18 credits must be of 3000 or 4000 level.
ECS 2191 - Introduction to Conflict Studies
A multidisciplinary introduction to research in the evolving field of peace and conflict studies, with emphasis on ethnic and religious conflict. Cases are drawn from local to global levels. Includes anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, political science, law, labour relations, theology, philosophy, gender studies and security studies.
ECS 2192 - Inequality, Conflict and Social Justice
This course consists of two components: (1) the examination of the variable linkages between inequality (economic, social, political), injustice, and violent conflict; and (2) the examination of efforts to create environments characterized by equality, equity, justice and peace.
ECS 3123 - Psychological Impacts of Conflicts
A multidisciplinary examination of trauma: Disruption of responsive mechanisms. Decision making in crises. Contributing factors affecting the impact of trauma. Conflict and psychological transformation.
Prerequisites: PSY1101 and PSY1102 or IPA1121 and IPA1122.
ECS 3126 - Discrimination and Conflict
Theories of discrimination: direct, indirect and systemic discrimination. Pluralism and multiculturalism. Anti-discrimination law: areas of application. Theories of reasonable accommodation and undue hardship. International agreements and equality laws.
ECS 4101 - Causes of Conflict I: Biological and Psychological Approaches
Examination of the many possible causes of conflict and violence such as aggression, instinct, character traits, learned behaviours, socialization, personality disorders, group influences, mob behaviour, and perceptual issues.
Prerequisites: ECS 2111, ECS 2112, ECS 2192, PSY 1101 or IPA1121, PSY 1102 or IPA1122.
HTP 1101 - Trends in Western Thought
This course addresses multiple aspects of the evolution of western thought, from Antiquity to current times, and the impact of major events and thinkers, and the influence of other civilizations on the contemporary understanding of human nature, culture and society.
HTP 1102 - Artistic and Literary Imagination: Expressions of the Human Experience
This course addresses the following themes: the notion of aesthetics and its application in art; the study of important works of art and literature with emphasis on the understanding of ‘Self’ in relation to the ‘Other’; the power of symbolic expression in the quest for meaning in a globalized and interconnected world.
HTP 1103 - People, Politics and the Planet
This course addresses personal, social and ecological challenges facing humanity today. We will examine issues at three levels – personal, political and planetary – in terms of community building and efforts towards global transformations for a hopeful future.
HTP 1104 - Faith, Justice and the Common Good
This course investigates faith, justice and the common good from religious, philosophical and human science perspectives. The course draws on classic and contemporary resources, in particular those from the Christian intellectual traditions.
IGL 1103 - Introduction to Group Dynamics
This course initiates participants to the group phenomenon and to different fundamental concepts, such as group typology, elements of group dynamics, as well as conditions and factors that are part of interpersonal and group communication. Participants learn to be aware of the quality of their participation and to develop their capacity to observe and to interact.
This course replaces HUM1103.
IGL 2136 - Group Intervention Lab 1
Exploration and practice of basic group participatory processes and techniques. In-class filming of facilitation practices. Participation, facilitation and observation skills are developed as well the ability to observe, and to provide and receive insightful feedback.
Prerequisite or concomitant: IGL1103. This course was previously ANI2136.
IGL 2138 - Group Intervention Lab 2
Reflection on group intervention and leadership practices and outcomes. Reflection on personal values and their potential impact on groups. Exploration and practice of advanced group participatory processes and techniques.
Prerequisite: IGL2136. This course was previously ANI2138.
IGL 3112 - The Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership and Group Facilitation
Deepening of one's conception of spirituality and presentation of various guiding methods adapted to personal development groups: self-training, support group meetings, life experience analysis and planned action. Community cooperation and psychosocial basics are addressed.
This course was previously ANI3112.
IGL 3140 - Practicum 1: Initiation to Group Intervention in Organizations
This practical training allows the student to observe how actual facilitation of groups is done, by pairing with a mentor who has a background in the field. Group and individual meetings give the opportunity to discuss and evaluate the knowledge, the know-how and the interpersonal presence involved in this practice.
Prerequisite: IGL 2136. This course was previously ANI3140.
IGL 4117 - Creativity in Support of Groups
This course has two foci: the self-aware study of creativity and the practice of synergy. Presentation of creative process and methods, and factors and techniques that promote creativity, facilitate meetings and resolve problems: analogies, combinational techniques, bodily and verbal expression, etc.
This course was previously ANI3117
ISC 2309 - English Composition
This course is dedicated to the improvement of writing skills in order to become an effective communicator in several contexts.
ISC 2314 - Public Speaking
Learning the techniques of efficient public speaking. Introduction and training to personal impression making in electronic media. Development of a professional attitude and self-confidence.
MIS 2103 - World Religions
Introduction to the world religions with an emphasis on Christian faith in interaction with other living faiths.
PHI 2181 - Human Knowledge
From Lascaux’s cave paintings to mythology, history, philosophy, and the experimental sciences, human knowledge is the product of diverse approaches. The course aims to show the diversity of human knowledge, its evolution and transmission, as well as the central role philosophy plays in the structuring of this knowledge in different types of discourse.
PHI 3131 - Ethics Counselling
Principles of ethics consultations. Application of ethical theories to the practice of counselling. How to take decisions in the area of ethics. How to facilitate ethical decision making by individuals and organizations.
PHI 3307 - Ethics and Multiculturalism
This course examines the relation of ethics and multiculturalism, studies the questions regarding the possibility of a multicultural ethics, and addresses the issues and debates arising from cultural relativism in the functioning of modern societies.
THO 2315 - Ethics and the Human Person
What is ethics? Introduction to the key ethical ideas that shape our lives. Ethical riches of the Christian tradition to understand ourselves and our responsibilities to other persons.
THO 3166 - Moral Existence
Introduction to the field of ethics within theology. Historical development of ethical approaches within theology. Constitutive elements of moral existence. Moral existence and Christian faith.
THO 4104 - Sexual Ethics
Meaning of human sexuality. Sexuality understood in terms of personal growth. Discernment of moral values in sexual behaviour.
Prerequisite: THO 3166.
THO 4106 - Bioethics
Respect for human life. Right to physical integrity. Genetics. Abortion. Euthanasia.
Prerequisite: THO 3166.
Courses offered by the University of Ottawa:
PSY 1101 - Introduction to Psychology: Foundations (UO)
Object and method of psychology. Heredity, environment, human development. Nervous system, consciousness. Sensory processes, perception, cognition, memory, language, and thought. Learning.
Previously: PSY1200. This course cannot be combined for credit with IPA1121.
PSY 1102 - Introduction to Psychology: Applications (UO)
Emotions, motivation. Personality. Mental health, abnormal behaviour and therapeutic approaches. Social psychology. Historical perspective.
Previously: PSY 1200. This course cannot be combined for credit with IPA1122.
PSY 3102 - Interpersonal Relationships (UO)
Verbal and non-verbal communication. Theory and research of interpersonal relationships. Intercultural communication. In-class laboratory exercises and preparation of individual projects.
Prerequisites: PSY1101, PSY1102
PSY 3171 - Psychopathology (UO)
An introduction to one or more major theories of psychopathology and related milestones in development. Anxiety. Depression. Neuroses. Psychoses. Conduct disorders and other abnormal states.
Prerequisites: PSY1101, PSY1102 (Previously: PSY4171)
PSY 4391 - Special Topics in Psychology (UO)
Examination of a particular topic in psychology. Content and format will vary depending on professor.
Prerequisite: 54 university credits including PSY1101 and PSY1102.
Bachelor Components (120 credits)
1 course from: ECS3126; IGL3112; PSY3102
*This recommended course sequence can be modified depending on Saint Paul University's annual course offering or a student's choices.
**A complementary major or a complementary minor must be added to this program.
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