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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) across the Lifespan

Course Code: CFCS 3050
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Hybrid, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course explores Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, its etiology, diagnosis, assessment, commonly related issues and co-morbid conditions. It also investigates interventions, supports and services across the lifespan.

Course Content

General overview of theories, concepts and lifespan development as they relate to individuals with FASD:

  •  Role of primary and secondary disabilities
  •  Role of early and accurate diagnosis, validity of adult diagnosis
  •  Correlation among behaviours, characteristics, development and learning that reflect neurological damage
  • Presence and influence of co-morbid conditions
  •  Invisibility of the disorder
  •  Lack of awareness regarding the existence, prevalence and incidence of FASD in the professional community and in the general  population at large
  •  The issues of: social attitudes, stigma, cultural practice and treatment regarding alcohol consumption in a global context
  •  Impact of FASD on Canadian Aboriginal communities and other Indigenous peoples globally
  •  Role of cross sectorial, collaborative approaches and program development in various disciplines including: health, education, social services, housing, employment, and justice
  •  Development of evidence based best practice methods for individuals with FASD, their family members and service providers
  •  Expanding body of knowledge regarding: policy development, research, global awareness, treatment and community based supports and services

Methods of Instruction


Means of Assessment

Quizzes, Research Paper, Observation Assignment, Group Presentation and Journal. Will follow Douglas College Evaluation Policy.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. Explain the etiology, diagnostic and assessment process within the framework of a neuro-behavioural approach.

2. Describe the unique complexity of FASD and the subsequent impact on individuals, families, practitioners, and communities.

3. Identify components of effective strategies and support plans that focus on a strengths based, cross sectorial, multi-disciplinary approach.

4. Identify current trends and issues related to FASD including: diagnosis, funding, education, employment, global issues, community support including mental health and co-morbid conditions.

course prerequisites

Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

  • No prerequisite courses


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

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.


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