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What is Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies?

Community Rehabilitation supports individuals and families affected by disabling conditions and chronic health concerns to live, learn, work, and participate in their communities. Community Rehabilitation includes the design, delivery and management of community-based services that offer short-term assistance and ongoing support. As such, Community Rehabilitation responds to the challenges of health, education, legal and social reform to empower individuals and communities.

Disability Studies is a field of study which challenges the traditional deficit-based "medical model" of disability and espouses a "social model" of disability. The social model argues that disability results from society's failure to adapt to the needs of impaired people.

In 1993 an official definition of disability studies was adopted by the Society for Disability Studies http://www.disstudies.org/, a professional organization of academics from around the world. The definition states that Disability Studies, among other things:

"examines the policies and practices of all societies to understand the social, rather than the physical or psychological determinants of the experience of disability. Disability Studies has been developed to disentangle impairments from the myths, ideology and stigma that influence social interaction and social policy. The scholarship challenges the idea that the economic and social statuses and the assigned roles of people with disabilities are the inevitable outcomes of their condition".

What does CORE stand for in the course name?

CORE is an acronym for COmmunity REhabilitation

How do I apply to the BCR program?

There are two applications that need to be completed in the application process. The U of C application needs to be filled out and the $115 application fee needs to be paid. Transcripts from high school and college (if applicable) need to be sent from the various institutions. The BCR Form 1 application needs to be completed if you are coming from an Approved Block Transfer Diploma program. Form 2 needs to be completed if you have 20 university transferable courses including the 7 prerequisite courses. Applications for Calgary applicants need to be received by March 1st for September admission. Applications for Vancouver, Edmonton and on-line delivery students need to be in by March 1st (for September admission) or September 1st for January admission.

How do I register for classes once I am accepted into the program?

Registration for courses is done on-line through the my.ucalgary.ca website You can also check on this site for your registration date and time.

How do I register as an Open Studies student before I am accepted into the program?

Before students are accepted into the BCR Program they can take CORE courses as an Open Studies Student. You can find the Open Studies form on the ucalgary.ca website by typing in Open Studies Form in the search box in the upper right hand corner of the home page. Fill out this form and mail or fax it to Beth at 403-220-6494 with your high school and college transcripts. Open Studies student need to wait until students in the program register for classes before they can be registered. This is usually a month after registration opens.

What courses should I take?

Students coming from high school (or Year 1) should take the following courses in the first two years:

CORE 205 (Fall), 207 (Winter), 209 (Fall), 485( Fall), 487 (Winter), CORE 321, and BIOL 205, plus 13 other option courses (PSYC 200 & PSYC 201 is highly recommended).

Diploma and university transfer students should refer to the BCR Student Planner for required courses (CORE 415, 425, 569, 573, 581, 583, and 2 of the 589 series as well as the 12 option courses in the areas of senior community rehabilitation, health, senior social sciences and management).

When are courses offered?

CRDS offers courses in fall, winter, spring and summer terms.

What does TBA mean on the course timetable?

TBA = to be announced. This is used for our distance courses in Edmonton, Vancouver and on-line courses. It is also used for our on-campus courses for labs associated with them. For example our practicum courses have a tutorial scheduled and the lab component is arranged according to individual schedules for the practicum hours.

How do I know where courses are being offered (Calgary, Edmonton, or Vancouver or on-line)?

The timetable on my.ucalgary.ca indicates where courses are being offered if you click the highlighted course number. Courses listed as TBA in the Lecture section are usually a distance course.

Does Degree Navigator work for our degree?

Degree Navigator has difficulty providing an accurate summary of courses for diploma transfer students as it wants to start slotting your year 3 courses into a year 1 system. You can download the BCR Student Template under Current Students to track your degree progress.

What is the junior human science prerequisite and how do I know if I have met it or not?

The junior human science prerequisite is the only prerequisite course that students transferring into the program can be accepted without having completed. Students need to complete this prerequisite (often called the 21st course) before they graduate from the BCR degree. Any biology course at U of C can meet this requirement as well as ANTH 201. Some diploma programs include a human science course (anatomy, etc.) but most don't. Check with the Student Advisor (Beth) to see if you have met the requirement.

How do I get credit for U of C prerequisites that I took as part of my diploma program (intro psychology, sociology, etc.)?

To have credit put on the system for prerequisite courses you took from other institutions, give Sarah Hogan a call at 220-2985 or e-mail sjhogan@ucalgary.ca and she can put up the credit on the system so you can register for courses requiring the prerequisite.