Course Offerings for 2016/17
The following course information is provided for your convenience. Schedules are subject to change and should be checked on LORIS, where location information can also be found. Full, official academic information can be found on the academic calendars.
If you would like to take a course for which you are missing a prerequisite or are in the wrong year level or major, you will have to fill out the Health Studies Override Form. Filling out the form does not guarantee entry into the course.
If no faculty member is named, the instructor is to be announced.
Unless otherwise stated, courses are 0.5 credit and held on the Brantford campus.
* = 1.0-credit course
For the required Leadership courses, see Leadership.
HS101: Physical Determinants of Health
For students with little or no background in human biology, this course is a basic introduction to biological concepts related to human health and disease. Topics include a review of anatomy, physiology and the pathology of selected organ systems and their associated diseases.
- 5:30-6:50 p.m. MW
HS200: Social Determinants of Health
This course is an introduction to the study of health and illness, and the social determinants of health. What is health and what does it mean to be sick? How do social and cultural factors influence ideas about "health" and "sickness"? Topics may include: individual and population health, gender, health and the environment, the social construction of health and illness, and cross-cultural ideas of health.
Fall 2016; Winter 2017
- BR1 (fall): 2:30-3:50 p.m. WF, Janet McLaughlin
- BR2 (winter): 1-2:20 p.m. TR, Janet McLaughlin
HS201: Canadian Health Care Systems
This course is an introduction to the structure and inter-relationships between the many federal and provincial initiatives and institutions that comprise health care in Canada. Topics will include: federal and provincial jurisdictions in health, funding arrangements, and public and private health care, among others.
- 1- 2:20 p.m. WF, Janet McLaughlin
HS203: Disease and Society
This course examines human health and disease from antiquity to the present. Relevant studies in epidemiology, bioarchaeology, anthropology, and history will be used to build a long-term picture of trends in health and disease and the role of epidemic disease in the transformation of human societies on a global scale. Cross-listed as CT203.
- 2:30-3:50 p.m. WF
HS219: Critical Disabilities Studies
This course takes disability as both the subject and object of inquiry. In order to critically examine the meaning of impairment and disability in contemporary culture, this course will draw from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including critical social theory, legal studies, human rights and biomedicine. Topics may include the history of disability studies, disability rights, advocacy and activism, biomedical and bioethical dilemmas regarding disability and impairment, and an exploration of disability as a social, rather than physical, construction. Cross-listed as HR219.
- 7-9:50 p.m. M
HS220: Epidemiology and Public Health
This course is an introduction to epidemiology and its application to public health. Consideration is given to the ways in which variations in morbidity and mortality in human populations are studied, and how they can provide insight into the causes of disease.
- 4-5:20 p.m. MW, James LeClair
HS227: Aging - Realities and Myths
Physical and cognitive changes can be part of the aging process. How we understand, describe and respond to these changes has evolved over recent generations. This course examines social understandings and ideologies in relation to the biological changes associated with aging. Cross-listed as CT227.
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. TR, Kari Brozowski
HS233: Introduction to Social Science Research Methods
Building on BF290, this course provides an introduction to social science research methodologies that is designed to enable students to read, understand, and critically evaluate social science research as well as to prepare students for more specialized courses in qualitative and quantitative research. Students will learn the philosophical (i.e., ontological and epistemological) basis for quantitative, qualitative, deductive and inductive research, how to frame research questions, operationalize concepts, and design studies suitable to quantitative and qualitative research and the limitations and advantages of various research designs (e.g., cross-sectional, experimental, case studies, ethnographies). The relationship between theoretical concepts, constructs and variables will be examined. Students will be introduced to current issues regarding research ethics. For quantitative research, students will become familiar with different forms of data collection and the following concepts: levels of measurement, the central limit theorem, measures of central tendency and variance, hypothesis testing, the standard error and probability sampling. For qualitative research, students will become familiar with different forms of data collection (e.g., observations, interviews, textual analysis) and basic strategies to categorize and code qualitative material.
Cross-listed as CC233, OL233.
Fall 2016; Winter 2017
- BR1 (fall): 7-9:50 p.m. T
- BR2 (winter): 7-9:50 p.m. M
Medicalization is the process by which everyday experiences become labelled and treated as medical issues. Since the 20th century, Western societies have become increasingly medicalized, and this change has led to shifts in how we define what it means to be healthy, and how we respond to disease. This course will explore different examples of medicalization, such as the increasing use of pharmaceuticals to treat anxiety and depression, and the re-introduction of midwifery into the Canadian health care system. Students will develop a nuanced understanding of the concept of medicalization while also critically examining the impact of medicine on our society and culture.
- 8:30-9:50 a.m. TR, Rebecca Godderis
HS303: Environment and Health
This course considers the link between a variety of environmental hazards, both natural and human-made, and their links to ill-health in the population. As well, consideration is given to environmental change, and its potential impact on both infectious and non-infectious disease.
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. WF, James LeClair
HS314: Health Promotion
This course considers the theory and practice of health promotion in Canada. Topics may include health promotion models, program planning, implementation, and evaluation, community outreach, marketing techniques, strategies for reaching at-risk populations, and health needs assessment.
- 7-9:50 p.m. M
HS321: Health Care Evaluation
Health care systems in many countries rely extensively on the evaluation of data and programs. This course introduces the primary ways that evaluation is conducted in health care settings. Topics may include: experimental design, qualitative methods, evaluating health-related research, and policy evaluation.
- 10-11:20 a.m. WF, Timothy Gawley
HS322: Health Policy - Social and Political Forces in Health Care Systems
This course explores the policies and politics of health care with a specific focus on the global issue of health policy reform. Throughout the course, the impact of the Canadian political process on health policy and historical milestones in Canadian health care will be examined to demonstrate how health care is shaped by social, political and economic forces.
- 4-6:50 p.m. R
HS401*: Current Developments in Health Studies
This course is an opportunity for students to explore some of the most recent developments in health-related research. Students will be expected to conduct research on a health-related topic as part of the course.
- 11:30 am - 2:20 p.m. T, James LeClair and Timothy Gawley
HS402*: Health Studies Practicum
This course will expose students to actual health care settings. Through lectures, professional mentorship and on-site workshops, students will integrate academic learning and the observation of ongoing health care activities.
- 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. M, Kari Brozowski
HS410: Death and Dying
What are the biological and social processes associated with death and dying? What roles do institutions play in this process? This course considers the individual as well as the institutional factors that shape the experiences of death and dying in historical and contemporary perspective.
- 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. R, Kari Brozowski
For past Health Administration (or Health Studies) course outlines, please email Tania Iezzi (email@example.com) and provide:
- the course number(s)
- the year the course was offered
- and your WLU student ID (if applicable)
The outlines will be forwarded to you as a PDF attachment.
Current students, please use your Laurier email account when requesting course outlines as this is our official means of communication with you, and will ensure delivery.