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Selected Topics in Humanities and Social Sciences HSSC 1100

Humanities & Social Sciences Course

Course details

​This course introduces students to a particular issue in the humanities or social sciences by surveying major ideas relevant to that issue. The course will vary from term to term, and focus on issues of cultural, literary, artistic, technological, and/or scientific concern. Examples include aboriginal studies; comparative religion; current trends in visual culture; environmental stability and social justice; history of ideas; information technology and society; and science and the humanities. HSSC 1100 promotes cultural and civic literacy by exploring important social and cultural issues in order to enhance the ability of students to contribute positively to workplaces and communities. Where applicable the course may require group or individual assignments that require students to put ideas communicated in the course into practice, such as making a film, or designing a website or digital game.


  • C+ in Grade 12 English.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of HSSC 1100 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 67202


Mon May 22 - Fri Aug 11 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 67202
  • $528.24
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
May 22 - Aug 11 N/A N/A Online

Shannon Kelly

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. The topic for this term is Graphic Novels: Ideologies & Archetypes. This course will draw on examples of political, philosophical, and literary graphic novels divided into three ideological themes: utopia, dystopia, and the future. The novels will be examined specifically through the lens of their archetypal values: what the stories and central figures convey in terms of their moral stance and their vision of existence and humanity. Graphic novels being read this term include Sandman Vol 4: Season of Mists (Gaiman), Dakwakada Warriors (Pauls), Maus I: A Survivor's Tail (Spiegelman), Anya's Ghost (Brosgol), Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Satrapi), Red: A Haida Manga (Yahgulanaas). *(A)* This is NOT a SELF-PACED course. There will be specific timelines for assignments and exams. Course content, kind and quality of assignments and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. You will have discussions and assignments to complete each week (although you do NOT have to be online at a particular time or day). *(B)* FINAL EXAMS: Your instructor will provide further information regarding format and date of all exams.

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe specific humanities or social sciences issues presented in the course.
  • Assess the basis of opposing points of view on course topics.
  • Show an understanding of concepts of context, historical period, culture, society, and issues of enduring human concern (e.g., the individual's relationship to society, technology, authority), as they relate to the overall course topic.
  • Apply, in course assignments and discussions, the approaches, ideas, and solutions of a specific discipline within the humanities or social sciences.
  • Critically read and assess material from disciplines, genres, and eras other than those normally encountered in her/his BCIT technology program.
  • Evaluate credibility, context, evidence, and soundness of reasoning related to themes of the course.
  • Compare historical and current approaches to ideas and controversies presented in the course.
  • Produce short-answer and essay analyses of ideas and arguments contained in course material.
  • Produce written arguments and essays, and oral arguments in class discussion that demonstrate skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic citation procedures in the primary academic discipline of the course.
  • Show an understanding of the method of inquiry used by a discipline within the social sciences or humanities to study a topic or issue of the course.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2021

Related Programs

Selected Topics in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSSC 1100) is offered as a part of the following programs:

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    Diploma Part-time


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