This course involves an in-depth exploration of the concept of culture and the cross-cultural study of human diversity within the discipline of anthropology. Students focus on topics such as anthropological research, ethics, culture, worldview, gender, language, marriage, families and households, Indigenous peoples, religion and globalization. Students also engage in self-reflexive examination of their own worldviews, perceptions and biases in relation to other peoples and cultures.
This course provides an overview of physical (biological) anthropology and archaeology. Students become acquainted with the concepts and methods for the recovery, analysis, and interpretation of archeological data and with New World archaeology.
This course adopts a holistic approach to understanding health and wellness within Indigenous communities. Students examine many factors and conditions that impact Indigenous community health from a strength based rather than problem focused approach. This course also focuses on Indigenous worldviews in terms of how community health and wellness is articulated and maintained.
Traditional knowledge and Indigenous scholarship are incorporated alongside anthropological perspectives. Whether delivered face to face or online, the course is treated as an interactive lecture series. Indigenous representatives from local communities and scholars knowledgeable about course topics share their valuable insights and knowledge with students.
Through the use of a decolonized pedagogical framework students witness and explore Indigenous issues in Canada with a specific focus on British Columbia exclusively from an Indigenous perspective. Indigenous worldviews on these contemporary issues are heard through studying literature and other ways of knowing from Indigenous peoples. The meaning and impacts of decolonization, treaties, cultural appropriation, self-governance, empowerment, cultural survival, and nation rebuilding are also explored.
This course explores the cultural constructions of gender through an ethnographic perspective that engages students in cross-cultural comparative analysis. Students will critically examine early studies and anthropological perspectives of gender as well as current, Indigenous, and post-modern perspectives including feminist anthropology and queer theory. Cultural constructions of gender are explored through various topics and social issues.
This course explores the social and cultural roles of women within the context of culture, politics and society. It critically examines the politics of gender, reproduction, education, the feminization of poverty, and the impact of environmental change on women. Using Classical anthropological, western feminist and non-western perspectives, students examine the ways in which women around the globe mobilize in response to the forces that shape their lives.
In this course we will explore the dynamic interplay between culture and environment. We will examine environmental impacts and climate change from an anthropological perspective. The adaptive strategies employed by different cultural groups around the globe will be analyzed. We will examine the complexity of human relationships with the environment in a world where conflicting cultural systems are often competing for survival.
This course engages students in an in-depth study of the traditional and contemporary approaches used by Indigenous people to support and heal their communities from a contemporary anthropological, decolonized and indigenized approach. Students are challenged to integrate these approaches to examine, articulate and develop their own practice frameworks and ethical perspectives. Elder teachings, engagement with Indigenous community members and indigenous scholarship are integral to this course.
This course is designed to introduce students to Engineering. Information is provided on engineering professions and the particular skills and type of work done by practicing engineers with different specialties. Students learn about the practice of Engineering through a series of presentations conducted by working engineers. Presentations focus on particular industries and/or specific disciplines and projects.
APSC 123 is a three credit course in which instruction and activities in engineering design are presented in an integrated manner. You will be introduced to fundamental principles and practical aspects of electrical, mechanical, software and computer engineering and will apply this knowledge in developing and implementing your own designs.
This course includes the topics: vector operations, dot and scalar products, conditions for equilibrium in two- and three-dimensions, free body diagrams, moments about an axis, couples, friction, wedges, screws, trusses, methods of joints, method of sections, shear and moment equations and diagrams, relations between distributed load, shear, and moment, kinematics, rectilinear and curvilinear motion in rectangular, normal, tangential, and cylindrical components, dynamics, Newton’s second law, equations of motion in various coordinates, Zeroth law and heat capacity, first law of thermodynamics, heat engines.
Engineering Graphics explores the language of communication used to solve practical engineering problems and challenges. This course will teach orthographic projection, pictorial drawing and visualization in three dimensions. Students will have the opportunity to exercise and develop skills in the creation and use of a variety of types of engineering graphics. This will be achieved through free hand sketching, AutoCAD 2017 program instruction and "hands-on" lab activities. This course is intended for students pursuing a career in the field of Engineering.
This course presents an overview of historical and modern astronomical knowledge. Topics include telescope design, astronomical methods, the planets of the solar system, the life cycle of stars, and our place among the galaxies. The accompanying lab introduces students to night sky observation and real world experience with astronomical photography.
This course provides an overview of the variety, products and infrastructure of adventure tourism in the province. Students explore past trends and discuss the future of adventure tourism. A variety of assignments, presentations, and guest speakers will help guide students to investigate the ecological, economic and cultural impacts of tourism on the community. This course also helps students to evaluate the scope of career options, and to define their own role in this exciting industry.
The Wilderness Travel course uses the classroom learning environment to teach academic theory to support the practical skills learned on ATBO field courses on complex topics such as navigation and weather interpretation. Students will also explore special topics such as nature philosophy, avalanche skills training, and marine radio use.
This course relates leadership theory with the practical application of leadership in the adventure tourism industry. Innovative activities are used to help students explore group leadership and group management strategies, and to build an awareness of the professional standards expected of outdoor guides. Experiential Leadership and Guiding is a CORE theory course (Guiding Leadership and Group Management) as described in the Provincial Core Curriculum Handbook for the British Columbia Adventure Tourism Certificate Program.
This course helps participants acquire knowledge and develop skills in the interpretation of natural landscapes. It is an introduction to the natural history of the Rockies and Columbia Mountains of BC: the landscape, geology, flora and fauna, species identification, ecosystem relationships and biogeoclimatic zones of the interior mountain environment. This course is for front-line interpreters involved in the preparation and presentation of interpretative topics related to the Adventure Tourism industry.
This course focuses on learning risk management strategies for the adventure tourism industry. Students study concepts such as legal liability, risk mitigation, and standard of care. They learn how to develop a risk management strategy that covers techniques for risk reduction, risk transfer, risk avoidance, and risk acceptance from both a management level and an employee level.
The Wilderness First Aid course covers in-depth principles in medical and legal aspects relative to injury prevention and care, including: regulations; legislation; contagious/infectious disease; assessment; communication; anatomy and physiology; airway management; respiratory emergencies; cardiac arrest; circulatory; soft tissue and wound management; injuries to eyes; ears; nose; throat; burns; poisons; and environmental emergencies including other considerations in wilderness survival.
This experiential learning course will expose students to the basic skills required for successful wilderness travel. Backpacking and camping techniques, equipment, trip preparation, navigation, route finding, group management, and leadership skills are covered. Mountain environment and natural history topics will be presented. The students will learn minimum impact wilderness travel techniques. This course incorporates backpacking and overnight camping in a wilderness environment. The emphasis on this course is in learning the skills and knowledge required of a professional backpacking guide.