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Cégep students must complete three courses in Humanities as part of the General Education requirement of their DEC program: two courses from a list of BLOCK "A" courses, and one course from a list of BLOCK "B" courses adapted to their program of study.
 
Block "A"
 
Among the Block "A" courses, students choose one course from the World Views category (3hours per week), and one from the Knowledge category (4 hours per week). It is recommended that the KNOWLEDGE category course is taken before the WORLD VIEWS category course.
 
Students are strongly advised to take their Block "A" courses in their first year of study.
 
All courses in Block "A", although different from one another in subject matter, will use a multidisciplinary approach and will target common competencies.
 
The common learning objectives for the World Views courses are:
To apply a critical thought process to world views.
 
Elements of the Competency:
 
- To describe world views.
- To explain the major ideas, values, and implications of a world view.
- To organize the ideas, values and experiences of a world view into cohercoherent patterns.
- To compare world views.
- To convey the ideas, attitudes, and experiences of the societies or groups studied.
 
The common learning objectives for the Knowledge courses are:
To apply a logical analytical process to how knowledge is organized and used.
 
Elements of the Competency:
 
- To recognize the basic elements of a field of knowledge.
- To define the modes of organization and utilization of a field of knowledge.
- To situate a field of knowledge within its historical context.
- To organize the main components into coherent patterns.
- To produce a synthesis of the main components.
 
Block "B" Courses
 
Block "B" Courses Students choose one Block "B" course from the appropriate program grouping, according to their field of studies. All Block "B" courses deal with Ethical Issues and have objectives and subject matter relevant to the student's field of studies. In most cases, students take their Block "B" courses in their second or third year. Before enrolling in a Block "B" course, students must have passed at least one Block "A" course.
 
Block "B" courses have common learning objectives, with subject matter relevant to the student's field of studies.
 
In Ethical Issues courses (345-HSA etc.) students will learn to think critically about ethical issues.
 
Students who successfully complete the Word Views course should be able to apply a critical thought process to ethical issues relevant to the field of study.
 
Elements of the Competency:
 
- To situate significant ethical issues, in appropriate world views and fields of knowledge.
- To explain the major ideas, values and social implications of ethical issues.
- To organize the ethical questions and their implications into coherent patterns.
- To debate the ethical issues.
 

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