Spring 2021 - HSCI 449 D200

Community and Health Service (3)

Class Number: 2845

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    90 units including HSCI 312 and 319 or 327. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.



Multi-week service learning project with a community-based partner organization or school arranged each semester. Related class work addresses community partnerships, health promotion, reciprocity, local control, sustainability, participatory research, and skills. Students with credit for HSCI 349 may not complete this course for credit.


This course involves a multi-week service learning project in partnership with the City of Surrey. Class work will address issues related to health promotion practice, community engagement, reflective practice and skill development in the area of community health. The primary goal of this experiential course is to provide students with a service learning opportunity whereby they are exposed to real-world environment and have chance to work with community partners. This experience will assist students to make the transition from academic environment to the real world and thus provide an opportunity for individual reflection on skills, professionalism and person contribution.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES: By the end of this course, students who participate and fulfill the course requirements will be prepared to:

A) Describe how theoretical underpinnings of health promotion can be applied at the community level. 
B) Apply community engagement principles in real-life setting.
C) Explain several specific community engagement techniques and distinguish some of the strengths and weaknesses of each.
D) Reflect upon personal and professional skills (e.g. self awareness, collaboration, team building professional confidence, reflection) in relation to doing community-based service.


  • Journals 25%
  • Self and Peer Evaluations 25%
  • Team Service Learning Project 50%


OVERVIEW OF SERVICE LEARNING COMPONENT FOR HSCI 449 The service learning portion of this course will include working with the City of Surrey and community partners. Students will have an opportunity to gain skills related to health promotion practice, while also contributing to specific projects and initiatives aimed at enhancing community well-being in Surrey.  

STRUCTURE of SERVICE LEARNING FOR HSCI 449   Students will commit 10 hours over an 11-week period to their service work from Jan – Mar 2020, in addition to classroom time.





All additional readings will be made available in class.

Circle of Health Kit: Interactive Health Promotion Framework. Prince Edward Island: Health and Community Services Agency (1996). Available at http://www.circleofhealth.net/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

City of Surrey's Sustainability Charter 2.0. Available at: https://www.surrey.ca/community/3568.aspx

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).