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Employment Support Specialty: Selected Topics

Course Code: DACS 5133
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Disability & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: Summer
course overview

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

course prerequisites

With permission of instructor

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.