Counselling and Human Development Minor

This minor teaches a combination of theoretical, empirical, and practical matters central to the understanding and practice of counselling and human development. The course work provides students with a strong theoretical and critical foundation on which to base and evaluate counselling and teaching practices aimed at enhancing human development.

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Program Structure


Lower Division Requirements

Students complete both of:

EDUC 220 - Introduction to Educational Psychology (3)

Introduction to Educational Psychology

EDUC 220

A survey of educational research and theories concerning motivation, learning, development, and individual differences in classroom settings. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts. Breadth-Social Sciences.

PSYC 250 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology (3)

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

PSYC 250

Considers the psychological and physical aspects of human development from conception through middle childhood. Topics include social, emotional, language, cognitive, perceptual and physical development. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

and one of:

EDUC 222 - Research Methods in Educational Psychology (3)

Research Methods in Educational Psychology

EDUC 222

An introductory survey of research methods used in developing and testing theories in educational psychology. Illustrations are drawn from published research in educational psychology. Corequisite: EDUC 220. Quantitative.

PSYC 201W - Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4)

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology


An introduction to the procedures used in psychological research, and to the logic underlying them. Topics include the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research, the formulation of testable questions, the control of extraneous influences, the measurement of effects, and the drawing of valid conclusions from empirical evidence. Provides a background for senior psychology courses since it offers a basis for the critical evaluation and conduct of research. Students with credit for PSYC 201 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or 102. Writing/Quantitative.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 15 units, including both of:

EDUC 322 - The Social Lives of School Children (3)

The Social Lives of School Children

EDUC 322

An overview of theory, research and practice concerning social emotional development and social interactions and relationships in the school context. Emphasis on the role of peer relationships in development and the role of the school in supporting positive interactions. Prerequisite: EDUC 220 or PSYC 250.

EDUC 323 - Introduction to Counselling Theories (3)

Introduction to Counselling Theories

EDUC 323

Survey of theories undergirding counsellor and teacher interventions aimed at promoting emotional growth, development and personal change. Examination of theories and their sociological, cultural and philosophical contexts. Exploration of links between frequently used interventions and the implicit theories underlying these strategies. Prerequisite: 60 units including EDUC 220.

Students also complete three electives selected from the following. At least two of:

EDUC 324 - Foundations of Multicultural Counselling (3)

Foundations of Multicultural Counselling

EDUC 324

Provides an introduction to multicultural counselling and human diversity with an emphasis on culture, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age, and abilities. Prerequisite: EDUC 220 or PSYC 250 and 60 units.

EDUC 327 - Self, Psychology and Education (3)

Self, Psychology and Education

EDUC 327

A critical examination of theoretical and empirical programs of inquiry in educational psychology that are concerned with the self (e.g., self-esteem, self-concept, self-directed or self-regulated learning). Students will participate in a wide-ranging seminar that considers topics such as the relationship between personal and social being, historical perspectives on the self, the formation of social identity, the roles of memory, imagination, and narrative in selfhood, the development of agency and self, and education and personhood. Prerequisite: 60 units, including EDUC 220.

EDUC 328 - Career Education and Career Counselling (3)

Career Education and Career Counselling

EDUC 328

An introduction to theories of career choice, adjustment and development. Emphasis on critical evaluation of established theories that are influential in the development of career education curricula and in the practice of career counselling. Prerequisite: EDUC 220 or EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 423 - Helping Relationships (4)

Helping Relationships

EDUC 423

Introduction to the rationale for and the practice of basic counselling skills. Emphasis on the development of counselling skills as a means of establishing effective helping relationships in educational settings. Prerequisite: Or corequisite: EDUC 323.

EDUC 464 - Early Childhood Education (4)

Early Childhood Education

EDUC 464

Current trends, issues and research relating to the education of young children. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or PSYC 250 or corequisite EDUC 403.

If courses chosen from the electives list above do not add up to a minimum of 15 units, then one additional course chosen from the following is required:

EDUC 371W - School Health Education (4)

School Health Education


Explores health concepts, health behaviors, and health concerns of school-aged children and youth. Focuses on comprehensive and co-ordinated school health programs, innovative instructional strategies, and health-promotion initiatives to create healthy school communities. Students with credit for EDUC 371 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: 60 units; or permission of instructor. Writing.

EDUC 422 - Learning Disabilities (4)

Learning Disabilities

EDUC 422

A study of conceptual and historic foundations of learning disabilities and an introduction to the methodologies of diagnosis and of learning disabilities. Prerequisite: PSYC 250 or corequisite of EDUC 315 or 473. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

EDUC 428W - Nature and Nurture of Gifted Students (4)

Nature and Nurture of Gifted Students


Conceptions and misconceptions related to the nature and education of individuals with extraordinary abilities will be introduced. Implications for teaching and learning will be examined. The nature and feasibility of curriculum differentiation, flexible pacing, and other educational options for these students will be critiqued. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/2 or EDUC 403. Students must successfully complete an SFU Criminal Records Check. Writing.

EDUC 437 - Ethical Issues in Education (4)

Ethical Issues in Education

EDUC 437

Ethical problems in education are identified and examined. Four major areas of concern are explored: 1. the normative character of education as a whole; 2. the justification of education; 3. ethical questions related to equality, autonomy, interpersonal relationships, and rights in education; 4. moral education and values education. Prerequisite: 60 units including 3 units in Education.

EDUC 441 - Multicultural and Anti-racist Education (4)

Multicultural and Anti-racist Education

EDUC 441

Focuses on developing approaches for multicultural and anti-racist teaching. Topics include: diversity of race, language and culture among learners; identifying the operation of racism, prejudice and discrimination in classrooms and schools; becoming familiar with a variety of approaches such as: co-operative learning, culturally appropriate assessment, and community involvement to counteract and prevent negative classroom and school dynamics; identifying bias in curriculum resources; and locating entry points in selected curriculum areas (e.g. language arts, social studies, art, music, etc.) for integrating approaches which employ a range of multicultural/anti-racist curriculum resources. Prerequisite: EDUC 100, or EDUC 230, or EDUC 240, or EDUC 250, or EDUC 401/402 or Corequisite: EDUC 403.

EDUC 445 - Legal Context of Teaching (4)

Legal Context of Teaching

EDUC 445

Designed to provide education students, teachers, counsellors and school administrators with a comprehensive understanding of the legal issues and potential legal liabilities encountered in the BC public school system. Special attention is devoted to the legal dimensions and consequences of routine classroom and administrative activity. Topics include: sexual abuse by school board employees; negligence and supervision; private lifestyles and community standards; discipline and corporal punishment; sexual harassment in the workplace; responsibility for curriculum fulfillment; liability outside school hours; and the AIDS controversy. Prerequisite: 60 units.


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