Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Check out Douglas College on Instagram

Some images from the Douglas Instagram feed.
You’ve already followed us on Facebook and Twitter but Douglas College is also on Instagram and we’re active.

Check out our feed for shots of cool events around campus and anything else we can come up with – especially on Thursdays, when we go into the archives to unearth relics from the past.

In case you missed it, other parts of the College also have must-follow social accounts. Here are a few:
Make sure you connect with Douglas College on social media!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lockdown drills at both Douglas College campuses in mid-September

In mid-September, Douglas College will hold lockdown drills at the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses to show you how to stay safe in the event of a violent intruder on campus.

What will the drills be like?

An announcement will come over the PA system letting you know the drill is about to begin.

About one minute later, a lockdown alert will be issued over the PA. Follow the instructions and immediately go to the nearest room and lock and barricade the door. Close and cover windows. Turn out all lights and audio equipment. Stay low and stay quiet. Turn cellphones to silent.

If you are in an open space, such as the cafeteria or concourse, follow the directions of College personnel. If you are outside when the drill starts, or is in progress, remain outside and move away from the building.

When the drill is over, you will receive an all-clear message. Once you receive the all-clear message, it is OK to return to your regular campus activities.

Why are we doing this?

At Douglas College we take your personal safety on our campuses seriously. Although an incident of serious violence on campus is unlikely, we must take steps to plan, practise and prepare.

When will the drills happen?

We’ll advise you of the specific date of the drills closer to the event.

How should I prepare?

Visit for details about the College's Lockdown Procedures.

Check out the Lockdown Procedures posted in all classrooms and meeting rooms.

Sign up for DC Alerts, an emergency communication system which sends alerts to your email and mobile phone in case of an emergency situation on campus.

Still have questions?

Contact Nancy Constable, Director, Safety, Security and Risk Management, at 604 527 5828.

You can also watch our lockdown preparation video here:


Monday, August 25, 2014

Video: Douglas College takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If dumping ice cold water over yourself doesn't sound like a good idea, then you haven't heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

People all over are soaking themselves and capturing it on video as part of a viral campaign to raise awareness and funds for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects thousands of Canadians.

Check out this video to see what happened when the Douglas College community took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And show your support at


Friday, August 22, 2014

Learn the basics of science at Douglas College this Fall

Looking for a lab-science course aimed at liberal arts students that also transfers to Simon Fraser University? Well, here it is!

Co-taught by Brenda Addison-Jones from the Chemistry Department and Jennifer Kirkey from Physics, the Science 1106 course is a basic introduction to physical science, and is intended for students with little or no science background.

The emphasis will be on the environment and on the scientific knowledge that you need to become an informed citizen.

Want to understand the chemistry behind oil pipelines? Need more information to help choose between the many alternative energies being proposed? This course can help.

Specifically, it will present an integrated approach to topics in physics and chemistry, which will include the scientific method, laws of motion, energy, heat and temperature, electricity and magnetism, light, atoms, molecules, chemical reactions, and the atomic nucleus. Laboratory exercises will illustrate the practical applications of the course content.

Learn more about Science 1106 by visiting the Douglas College Program and Course Catalogue.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Douglas College Geography class studies climate change in the field

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You can study one of the hottest (no pun intended) topics of our times—climate change—while still an undergrad at Douglas College. Students in Geography 2210, pictured above collecting data in the field, get that opportunity. “Climate change is the most pressing environmental issue facing society today,” instructor Kathy Runnalls says. “Geography 2210 is a lab science course, and it gives students an introduction to the science of climate processes and climate change.”

But making sense of the abstract concepts can be challenging. That’s where the hands-on labs come in. Students use specialized tools to measure environmental conditions and then analyze their findings. “At many universities, students wouldn’t even see these instruments until upper level climate courses—if at all,” Runnalls says. “Our students get out in the field during weekly labs. By the end of the course they can design their own projects and use the equipment to make observations on any climate-related topic that interests them.”

Learn more about the Geography program at


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Upgrade your Professional Communication skills this Fall at Douglas College

In the era of the caveman, long before the invention of central heating and microwave ovens, being able to start a fire was a highly prized skill. These days, not so much.

But today, in an age that finds us increasingly overwhelmed by vast amounts of information, there is perhaps a modern, equivalent talent. You might even call it a 21st-century survival skill: being able to communicate well.

If you want to learn how to package and deliver information like a pro, Douglas College can help. This Fall Semester, courses in document design, technical communication and public relations are available by permission through the College’s new Professional Communication program.

The post-degree diploma program is designed for degree holders, but senior College students can now request permission to take specific courses. The courses are good options for degree students seeking a third-year elective, for associate degree students seeking a university-transfer course, and for students intending to transfer to SFU Communication.

As a prerequisite, you’ll need 45 credits, including a course in Communication, Creative Writing, or English, with a grade of B or better.

“We’re pleased to offer these courses as options for students in other programs. They’re really hands-on and applied in nature,” says program coordinator Maureen Nicholson. “Increasingly, employers expect students to have strongly developed design skills. It’s a highly visual world out there. Plus the ability to write technical documents, like instructions and manuals, and PR materials, like media kits and press releases, is invaluable for students in marketing, corporate communications, non-profits, and throughout the high-tech industry.”

Contact Nicholson by email or by phone at 604 527 5292 for permission to register in:
  • CMNS 3400 Document Design (CRN 34939, Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:20pm)
  • CMNS 3500 Technical Communication (CRN 34937, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:20pm)
  • CMNS 3700 Public Relations (CRN 34936, Saturdays, 9 to 11:50am)
Learn more about the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication at


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Douglas College Criminology student wants to help victims of neglect

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As a pre-teen, Katarina Hechter was fascinated by legal thrillers and abnormal behaviour. So when it came time for college, Criminology seemed like a natural fit. It was then that she discovered where her true interests lay. 

“After taking some Criminology courses, I became less interested in atypical crime and more interested in everyday issues related to social justice,” she says. Alternative justice measures such as circle sentencing spoke to her, as they recognize the needs of victims, involve the community and identify rehabilitation options for the offender. “I believe people are inherently good, and many of them are not having their needs met by institutions or their environment,” she says. 

Katarina sees a future for herself working in northern Canada with Aboriginal offenders— after she’s completed her Associate Degree at Douglas College and moved on to do her BA and MA, that is. In the meantime, she’s staying involved in her community and her field of interest. “The Women’s Memorial March I attended on Feb. 14 was one of the most powerful experiences I have had,” she says. “I was surrounded by people who had been victims of neglect. My heart broke because I wanted so much to help them.”

Learn more about the Criminology program at


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Douglas College helps student prepare for career in international relations

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With a love for languages and travel, it’s little surprise Simonetta Da Rios dreams of a career in foreign affairs. 

Originally from Mexico, Simonetta came to Canada for high school. Now she is studying Intercultural and International Studies at Douglas College.

Being part of the College’s diverse student population is a good fit for someone so globally minded. “I’ve been having a great time at Douglas College because it’s so multicultural,” she says. “I’m in the right place if I want to work in international relations.”

After completing an associate degree at Douglas, Simonetta wants to transfer to university and earn a bachelor’s degree in international relations. That’s how she’s bringing her dream into reality.

Learn more about the Intercultural and International Studies program on the Douglas College website.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Douglas College grad’s PhD research focuses on reconciliation in Rwanda

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Masahiro Minami believes meaningful actions, not just words, can heal deep psychological wounds. A Douglas College graduate, Masahiro has completed a PhD in Counselling Psychology at UBC. His research is focused on a new approach to fostering reconciliation between survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

An alternative to traditional therapy, his Action-Based Psychosocial Rehabilitation Approach (ABPRA) has a perpetrator atone for wrongdoing by offering services such as manual labour to a survivor. “It is a more commonsense way to realize the perpetrator is feeling sorry,” he says.

Originally from Japan, Masahiro came to Douglas after high school to study English. While earning his Associate of Arts degree at Douglas, he took a variety of academic courses and developed an interest in Psychology. “I was fascinated with how the human mind works,” he says.

Masahiro went on to earn degrees from SFU and UBC and work as a family therapist. As a UBC scholar, he is continuing his work to prove ABPRA can be used to build peace in Rwanda and other post-conflict areas around the world. “I just want to make a difference,” he says.

Learn more about Masahiro's work at and about Associate degrees at


Friday, August 8, 2014

Looking for upper-level courses that don't have prerequisites? Begin here

Are you completing a degree and need upper-level electives to round it out?

Douglas offers a number of third- and fourth-year courses that don't have prerequisites, and other upper-level courses you may be able to take with the permission of the instructor.

We aren’t able to list them all here as they change semester to semester, but we can narrow it down for you.

To find upper-level courses that do not have prerequisites, visit the Program and Course Catalogue, search the courses you are interested in and click on the "Prerequisites" tab. If there are no prerequisites, you may try and register for the course.

Some courses without prerequisites may have program or other restrictions, so you'll need to review any section notes for the course and/or email the instructor to see if they will give you permission to register. You can find section notes and instructor information by clicking the "Schedule" tab.

Here are a few examples of upper-level courses that do not have prerequisites or may allow you to register with instructor permission:

BUSN 3401 Principles of International Business

Disability and Community Studies
DACS 5111 Disability in Context

HIST 3305 Europe Since 1945

PHIL 3310 Ancient Philosophy

MUSC 3180 Audio Recording Techniques

Sport Science
SPSC 3240 Leadership in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching