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Working in Communities

Course Code: CFCS 1112
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

This course will focus on working with communities in a good way. Students will enhance their professional identity through examining their own values, worldviews, and ethics as well as the professional ethics of their field of study. Using the concepts of critical thinking, they will explore and reflect on community diversity, historical events and systemic oppression through a social justice lens. Current legal and policy trends, as well as political systems will also be discussed. Students who complete CFCS 1112 will not receive additional credit for CFCS 1110.

Course Content

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

  • Social Justice, economic justice, appreciation of diversity, respect of protocol, encouragement and respect for self determination, the ethical use of power, and the absence of violence combine to form strong and healthy communities.
  • Communities have many resources.  Through collaborative work, communities have power, the capacity to effect change, and the ability to take care of their own members.  Before one can engage in collaborative relationships, however, s/he must have moved from dependence, through independence, and into interdependence.
  • Critical thinking and clear, effective articulation of ideas in a variety of formats and settings are essential to effective community involvement.
  • In order to be effective, it is critical that community support workers reflect on their life and educational experiences, as well as the values and beliefs of themselves and others.
  • Professional, integrous practice requires an understanding of ethical principles, decisions and actions. Ethical decision making requires continual reflection, self-examination and ongoing values clarification.
  • By making a commitment to become active, ethical change agents within the political, educational and social service systems, community support workers can contribute to healthier communities.
  • It is critical that community support workers understand recognized lines of authority, their personal and professional limitations, as well as their abilities and responsibilities.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Group Work
  • Student Presentations
  • Guest Speakers
  • Audio-Visual Presentations

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

  • Written Assignments
  • Group Presentations
  • Self Assessment
  • Classroom Activity Participation
  • Other

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the impact of personal, cultural, professional and societal values on their work in community
  2. Describe the characteristics of a healthy community
  3. Articulate issues of social justice and diversity during classroom activities
  4. Describe how experiences of oppression and  power apply to marginalized and/or vulnerable populations
  5. Evaluate and apply models of critical thinking in written and oral forms
  6. Apply ethical principles to human service dilemmas in course assignments
  7. Describe the impact of history on current social attitudes and policies
  8. Describe the basics of Canada’s political systems and how social policy is created

course prerequisites

Enrolment in Aboriginal Stream or permission of Coordinator

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.