Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

The labour market has shifted away from traditional industry and manufacturing toward a knowledge-based economy where individuals with a grounding in social sciences and humanities are sought-after assets. The purpose of the DASSH program is to provide social science and humanities education and related technical skills training necessary to success in a varity of evolving knowledge-based careers, including those in business, law, journalism, government, communications, public administration, the non-profit sector, and information technology and management.

The program comprises a set of core social sciences and humanities courses that teach critical foundational knowledge and skills for an evolving knowledge-based economy and workplace. To facilitate practical translation and application of the core social sciences and humanities education, students acquire technical skills through courses in digital media, software use, and financial literacy. Together, the knowledge and skills produced fall into nine broad categories - communication, critical thinking and problem solving,quantitative fluency, information literacy,ethical reasoning, digital literacy, institutional knowledge, systems thinking, and teamwork and collaboration.

Courses in this diploma program are taught so that students are able to articulate and actively apply the employability skills and knowledge they have acquired. An experiential learning project enables students to apply and showcase their learning. They will graduate with a portfolio demonstrating their knowledge and skills.

Total Credits: 61

Year 1

Courses Credits
All of
BCAP 1200 Business Computer Applications I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a comprehensive course that provides hands-on computer experience and exposes the student to applications and software packages commonly used in business. A theory-based overview of hardware, software, and computer fundamentals is included.

Students will receive credit for only one of CPSC 1000 and BCAP 1200.

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BUSM 1115 Entrepreneurship
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

A practical course which introduces the relevant aspects of setting up a small business. These include basic accounting concepts, forms of legal ownership, basic market research, determination of marketing and personnel policies, budgeting, financing, purchasing, promotion, and pricing. Also explored are the personal characteristics of the successful entrepreneur.

Prerequisite(s): English Requirement, one of the following: a minimum 67% in BC English 12 or equivalent; a minimum 67% in BC English Literature 12; a minimum 67% in BC English First Peoples 12; a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; a minimum "C-" in ENGL 1121; a "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; a minimum Level 3 on the LET; LEAP 8; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension.



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GEOG 1110 Introduction to Human Geography
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course will introduce students to the discipline of human geography. Students will be exposed to the major research traditions in human geography including: population, cultural, political, economic, urban and regional geography, amongst other topics. Throughout the course Vancouver resources and examples will be used to illustrate many of the themes.

Students will receive credit for only one of GEOG 1110 and 1170.

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PHIL 1100 Introduction to Philosophy: (Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy)
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to a variety of the classic responses to the question "How should I conduct my life?" Some of the major themes discussed are happiness, moral goodness, rights, obligation, freedom.

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DASH 1199 Directions in Applied Social Sciences and Humanities
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

New Course

Students are introduced to core concepts and principles that are foundations in Applied Social Sciences and Humanities. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary nature of social knowledge through overviews of key disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, political science, geography, philosophy, economics, and business. Students learn through collaborative and teamwork activities and begin to develop an e-portfolio.

Priority registration for students admitted to the Diploma in Applied Social Sciences and Humanities.

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POLI 1100 Introduction to Government and Politics
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of government and politics. It examines the major methods, approaches and issues in Political Science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process.

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ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1126, 1127, and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127 or 1128.

Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

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Three of
University-transferable courses in social sciences and humanities. Refer to the Course Attributes table for a list of social sciences and humanities courses.
9
30 Credits

Year 2

Courses Credits
All of
DASH 2000 E-Portfolio
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students design an e-portfolio documenting the achievements, knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program. The aim of the e-portfolio is to showcase students" work tailored to their career goals and professional identity. Consultation with the instructor to review the status of the portfolio will be scheduled 2-3 times over the semester.

Prerequisite(s): DASH 1199 with a minimum "C-" grade.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Applied Social Sciences and Humanities.

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DASH 2199 Applied Project
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 7.0 | Lab: 0.0

New Course

This project-oriented capstone course provides the opportunity to apply the concepts, skills and techniques from the DASSH program curriculum to develop and execute a project for an external partner. Students work closely with each other and their external partner(s) engaging in research, critical thinking, problem solving, project management, structured teamwork and other related skills.

Successful completion of the DASSH e-portfolio is also a component of this course.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Applied Social Sciences and Humanities.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of at least 46 credits including DASH 1199 with a minimum "C-" grade; ENGL 1127 or 1128 with a minimum "C" grade, and DASH 2000 with an "S".

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FMGT 1116 Accounting for Managers
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course provides an overview of basic financial and management accounting principles and techniques, including the managerial use of financial statements and other financial information for decision-making purposes. Students will initially be introduced to the principles and techniques used in financial accounting. The second part of the course will explore common managerial accounting techniques such as budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and decision-making.

Students in the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting are not permitted to register in this course.

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PSYC 1215 Introduction to Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to theories, methods, and research findings of modern psychology. Topics may include but are not limited to thinking, language, intelligence, personality, emotion, stress and health, motivation, social behavior, and psychological disorders and therapies. PSYC 1115 and 1215 can be taken at the same time or in either order.

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CRIM 1220 Research Methods in Criminology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course provides students with an overview of research methods typically used in criminology and other social science disciplines. The course will cover both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Topics include the practice of social science research; ethics of research; data gathering strategies; and how to analyze data and present results in a written report. This course does not involve statistical analysis; a background in mathematics is not required.

Prerequisite(s): A score of 4 in Langara English Test (LET) or an essay score of 30 or higher on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test or a minimum 'C' grade in one of ENGL 1127, 1128, 1129 or 1130; and a minimum 'C' grade in one of the following courses: CRIM 1115, 1116 or 1125, ECON 1119, 1220 or 1221, HIST 1116 or 1126, PHIL 1100 or 1101, POLI 1100 or 1119, PSYC 1115 or 1215, SOCI 1120 or 1121. Students who do not meet the above prerequisite requirements, but have postsecondary, university-transferable credits or experience may apply to the Chair of the Criminal Justice Department for permission to take this course.

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GEOG 2210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is a laboratory science course that introduces students to the fundamentals of the acquisition, modeling, analysis, and management of spatially referenced data (geomatics). Topics covered include the geodesy, cartography, surveying, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS). In the lab component, students work on applied problems in these fields using a GIS application (Idrisi). The lab component includes both field work and work in a computer lab. A basic familiarity with the MS Windows operating system is recommended for students enrolling in this course.

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PSYC 2320 Research Methods in Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students explore theory and practice of research design, the application of statistics, and the testing of research hypotheses. Students work in groups to complete a research project.

Prerequisite: A minimum "C+" grade in both PSYC 1115 and 1215.

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SOCI 2230 Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

How do sociologists and anthropologists gather the data that informs our understanding of the social world? Students examine the distinctive quantitative and qualitative approaches used in sociological and anthropological research. Students learn the practical application of research design and data collection techniques by conducting and presenting their own research projects.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of ANTH 1120, SOCI 1120, 1121, or 1127.

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STAT 1124 Statistical Methods I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

An introductory course in statistics developed through the concept of randomness for students in social sciences, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, business, etc. Topics will include sampling, experimental design, levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, regression, sampling distributions, normal distribution and inferential procedures of estimation and hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 1224.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: STAT 1124 or PSYC 2321.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of: Foundations of Mathematics 11, Precalculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Precalculus 12; or a minimum "C-" grade in MATH 1150; or MDT 053. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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ENVS 2100 Applied Environmental Studies: CityStudio
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Applied Environmental Studies: CityStudio introduces local urban environmental topics through which the student develops research, communication, project management and group skills. This cross-disciplinary course will inform and challenge students' perspectives of their world, while providing the opportunity to identify problems and develop solutions. Students' work will be exhibited through a project affiliated with CityStudio.

Participation in field trips is required. This core course in the Environmental Studies Program is open to students in other disciplines.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1100, 1127, or 1128; or permission of the instructor or Environmental Studies coordinator.

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GEOG 2275 Applied Human Geography
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a project-oriented course and part of CityStudio's Campus Course Network. Topics covered in lecture and seminars are focused on issues of urban social sustainability. As part of CityStudio students will engage with a large-scale project closely associated with the City of Vancouver's Healthy City Strategy and/or Greenest City 2020 Plan. The project and course incorporate an applied experiential form of learning where students engage with existing problems or issues identified by the City of Vancouver and then, using ideas grounded in established geographical ideas and theory, seek to innovate and devise and possibly implement real-world solutions. Students will engage in research, critical thinking, problem solving, project management, structured teamwork as well as learning design and marketing skills.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 1130 and one of the following: GEOG 1110, 1120, 1150, 1155, 1160, 1170, 2155, 2210, 2230, 2250, 2270, or ENVS 2100.








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CPSC 1030 Web Development I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students will examine the structure of the Internet and the World Wide Web and how they work; design and implement professional interactive websites using styles in CSS. Topics include design principles, image manipulation, and simple CGI scripting. Explore innovative trends that use the Internet as a computing platform.

Prerequisite(s): None. Basic computer literacy is recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1040 Introduction to Programming
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Introduction to programming with a modern programming language (e.g., Visual Basic NET) in a windowing (e.g., Microsoft Windows) environment. Program development skills including: analyzing a problem to make it amenable to programming; writing structured, modularized programs; program documentation; interacting with the computer operating system; event driven programming interface for GUI applications.

Prerequisite(s): None. Basic computer literacy is recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1045 Introduction to Web Programming
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Introduction to programming with a modern programming language (e.g., JavaScript) in a Web-based environment. Program development skills including: analyzing a problem to make it amenable to programming; writing structured, modularized programs; program documentation; interacting with the computer operating system; event driven programming for client-side Web applications.

Prerequisite(s): None. Basic computer literacy is recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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ECON 1220 Principles of Microeconomics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Introductory concepts; the market system; price determination; demand and utility; competitive supply; cost analysis; market structures; equilibrium of the firm; pricing of factor inputs; land rents; wages; interest and capital.

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ECON 1221 Principles of Macroeconomics
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Introductory macroeconomic concepts; circular flow of income and product; national income; equilibrium level of domestic income; fiscal policy; money and banking; international trade; inflation and unemployment.

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Three of
University-transferable courses in social sciences and humanities numbered 2000 or higher. Refer to the Course Attributes table for a list of social sciences and humanities courses.
9
31 Credits

Program Notes:

Students must complete all courses in the diploma program with a minimum "C-" grade, and an "S" grade in DASH 2000, in order to be eligible for graduation.

Students are advised to check the prerequisites for their chosen elective 1st and 2nd year courses.