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Human Relations and Spirituality (Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Major) for Algonquin College Developmental Services Worker Graduates

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This program offers students a formation and an understanding of spiritual, psychological, cultural and religious aspects that influence both the individual and society. Furthermore, this program provides a learning environment that fosters and develops values of empathy and justice and offers a message of hope for society.


This bachelor's degree will allow the student to:

  • Understand various cultural and spiritual traditions as well as the models for intervention used in the field of the helping relationship;
  • Define the interconnections between experience, knowledge and the academic method in the major disciplines in human relations and spirituality;
  • Adapt and apply the methodological tools (applied vs experiential research; collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data) proper to the major disciplines of the program in human relations and spirituality (design, development, application, assessment of interventions).

Career opportunities

  • Aid worker
  • Community worker
  • Emergency response officer
  • Employment counsellor
  • Employment equity policy consultant
  • Facilitator
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration advisor
  • Lobbyist
  • Outreach worker
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Social policy analyst
  • Street worker
  • Trainer for ecclesial communities and organizations

Do not hesitate to contact an Academic Advisor to obtain more information

A student enrolled in this Honours Bachelor's Program with major must add a complementary major or a complementary minor.

The list of required courses is presented under the Program Requirements tab.

A student enrolled in this Honours Bachelor’s Program with major must add a complementary minor.

Information to come

Fall 2012

Foundational Courses (18 credits)

Compulsory Courses (15 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  
  • PHI2181 Human Knowledge

Optional Course (3 credits)

3 credits from

  • MIS2103 World Religions
  • THO1306 Exploring the Sacred
  • THO1307 Understanding the Bible

Discipline Specific Courses (36 credits)

Compulsory Courses (24 credits)

  • ECS2191 Introduction to Conflict Studies
  • ECS2192 Inequality, Conflict and Social Justice
  • HUM1103 Introduction to Group Dynamics
  • IGL2136 Group Intervention Lab 1
  • IGL2138 Group Intervention Lab 2
  • PHI3131 Ethics Counselling
  • PSY1102 Introduction to Applied Psychology (UO)
  • THO3166 Moral Existence

Optional Courses (12 credits)

3 credits from

  • ECS2126 Discrimination and Conflict
  • IGL3112 Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership and Group Facilitation
  • PSY3102 Interpersonal Relationships (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 (36 credits)

  • Students complete a minor (30 credits) and 6 credits
  • 12 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 - Approaches in the Humanities: Interpreting the Human Experience

Introduction to theoretical approaches in the Humanities and to the methods that are applied to interpret the multiple expressions of human experience, particularly those expressed in important works of art and literature.

HTP 1103 - People, Social Justice and Ecology

Social and ecological challenges facing humanity today, and related issues of social justice. These questions will be examined from a perspective of community building and efforts towards ecological and social 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.

HUM 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.

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 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.

Prerequisite: IGL2138

This course was previously ANI3117

IPA 3126 - 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 and IGL3112.

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.

PHI 2181 - Human Knowledge

Study of the traditional, universalist, approach to knowledge as well as contemporary standpoint approaches, such as feminist and postmodernist.

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, Multiculturalism and Immigration

This course examines the relation of ethics, multiculturalism, and immigration, studies the questions regarding the possibility of a multicultural ethics, and addresses the issues and debates arising from cultural relativism and identity politics in the functioning of modern societies.

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.

THO 1306 - Exploring the Sacred

The human effort to express the experience of the sacred and to name our sense of the “Beyond”. The different forms such expressions have taken: cosmic wonder and its symbols, foundations stories, ritual life. The meaning of this effort for understanding the quest of the human spirit and its attempts to build order in society and community.

THO 1307 - What is the Bible?

The Bible: book or library, history or story? History of the Jewish people and of the culture in which the Bible was written. The Bible and its content. Interpreting the text. The Jesus event. The influence of the Bible on history and on contemporary culture.

THO 2315 - Being Human

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 2410 - World Religions

Introduction to the world religions with an emphasis on Christian faith in interaction with other living faiths.

THO 4106 - Bioethics

Respect for human life. Right to physical integrity. Genetics. Abortion. Euthanasia.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

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