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Health Challenges 2

Course Code: HCSW 1106
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 8
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course builds on HCSW 1104: Health Challenges 1. In this course, students will continue to explore common health challenges and person-centered practice, especially in relation to chronic diseases and end-of-life care. Students will have the opportunity to consolidate learning from previous courses, and to consider further caring for clients in home and assisted living settings.

Course Content

Challenges to Health and Healing

  • Developmental Health Challenges
  • The experience of chronic illness and disability
  • Multi-organ diseases (cancer, AIDS)

Critical thinking and problem-solving when caring for individuals experiencing common health challenges in community, assisted living, and acute care settings.

Nutrition and healing in the non-residential client

End-of-Life Care

Methods of Instruction


Group discussion/group activities

Audio-visual materials

Case studies

May include other methods (e.g. guest speakers, role play, etc.)

Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College course evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

This is a graded course.  A minimum mark of 65% is necessary to be successful in the course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Display a sound understanding of common challenges to health and healing.
  2. Discuss the experience of chronic illness and implications for care.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the components of person-centered end-of-life care for clients/residents and families.
  4. Apply critical thinking and problem-solving when caring for individuals experiencing health challenges in the community and assisted living settings:
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of nutrition and healing in the non-residential client:
  6. Discuss safety in home and community settings:

course prerequisites

HCSW 1101 + HCSW 1102 + HCSW 1103 + HCSW 1104 + HCSW 1105


HCSW 1107 + HCSW 1108 

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.