Employment Support Specialty: Selected Topics

Applied Community Studies
Disability & Community Studies
Course Code
DACS 5133
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This upper level course bridges informal and formal learning. In this course, students will reflect on their experience and choose an individualized employment supports and disability/barrier related learning project on which to concentrate their areas of professional interest.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Demonstrating the ability to analyze real life issues that relate to employment supports and disability/barrier interests
    • Assess current and emerging trends in areas of interest
    • Apply theoretical concepts to issues in the field


  • Demonstrating and breadth and depth of understanding of a specific area of interest that relates to employment supports. Examples of areas of interest for further research might include but not limited to
    • Funding models
    • Accessibility
    • Technology
    • Modifications and adaptations
    • Self-employment
    • Disability Management
    • Fidelity Scale
    • Social Enterprise
    • Cooperatives
    • Transition Planning


  • Explore specific application to own field of interest :
    • Create a portfolio of learning
    • Create a learning tool that can be used in practice
    • Create a learning object that can be used in practice
    • Complete a practical experience
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Case studies
  • Videos
  • Problem-based learning
  • Guest speakers
  • Reading Groups
  • Mentoring
This is a letter graded course.
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Online contribution
  • Portfolio
  • Case studies
  • Learning object development
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Assess, analyze and apply problem-solving to employment supports, disability management and disability/barrier related issues in the context of professional and ethical guidelines.
  2. Apply and produce real-life employment supports and disability/barrier related strategies that are applicable across the lifespan.
  3. Research specific practice or areas of interest that relate to the employment supports and disability/barrier field.
  4. Synthesize and apply knowledge of field of study
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Individually assigned readings and/or books



With permission of instructor


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for DACS 5133
Athabasca University (AU) AU HSRV 2XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ARTS 3XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV EPSE 4th (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ADED 3XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC HLTH 3XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.