Spring 2023 - HSCI 449 D100

Community and Health Service (3)

Class Number: 5654

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SRYC 3040, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    90 units including HSCI 312 with a minimum grade of C- and HSCI 319 or 327, with a minimum grade of C-. 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. Class work will be practice-based to apply knowledge previously acquired in health sciences undergraduate program. Students will have opportunity for dialogue and reflection addressing 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 civic engagement.


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 arts-based health promotion can be applied at the community level. 
B) Apply community engagement principles in real-life setting to mobilize knowledge.
C) Explain how arts-based approaches can support decolonizing practices in health promotion and community health.
D) Reflect upon personal and professional skills (e.g. self awareness, collaboration, team building) in relation to practicing community-based service.


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


INSTRUCTOR LED CLASSES: Half of the lectures will be dialogue-based and will be held in person on Tuesday afternoons at Surrey campus. On the alternate weeks, instructor will have regular check-ins with each student team and community partners to support progress of the community projects. Attendance to both sessions is mandatory for all students.

Each week, students will work in small teams a minimum of 3 hours (per student) on community projects, at flexible hours that adapt to the student team and community partner schedule. Students are responsible for setting up the schedule with the community partner. One member of each team is chosen to be the ‘community liaison’ to ensure that there is reliable and consistent and clear communication with the community partner.

OVERVIEW OF SERVICE LEARNING COMPONENT FOR HSCI 449 The service learning portion of this course will include working with 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.



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.


Corbin et al (2021). Arts and Health Promotion: Tools and Bridges for Practice, Research, and Social Transformation. Springer. Open access available at: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-56417-9

Minkler & Wakimoto (2021). Community Organizing and Community Building for Heath and Social Equity. Fourth Edition. Online book version available through SFU Library.


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Registrar Notes:


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