Hum offers university-level courses for low-income people who live in and around the Downtown Eastside and Downtown South. Hum courses are for people who have encountered financial and other barriers to university education and who wish to expand their intellectual horizons in an accessible, challenging and respectful environment. Applicants must have basic English literacy skills, be willing to attend classes, complete assignments and participate in group discussions. Applications for these non-credit courses are accepted not on the basis of past academic history, but on the applicants’ desire and ability to be part of the Hum Programme.
Writing 101 and 201 are one term courses that cover a different writing genre every week, including memoir, poetry, screenplay, comedy, personal essay and more. Classes are on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hum 101 and Hum 201 are two term courses that cover a different subject in the arts or social sciences every week, including history & politics, first nation studies, creative writing art, music, architecture, philosophy, literature, sociology, gender studies, economics, popular culture, creative and critical thinking, and more. Classes are on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Students receive school supplies, UBC student card, bus tickets to get to and from class, meals, stationary, readings, and childcare if needed. and childcare if needed.
To apply for a course applicants must attend an information/application session, which are held in Downtown Eastside/South community centres in November and August every year. The next opportunity to apply for Writing 101 or 201 is November 2022, for the course that goes from January to April 2023. The next opportunity to apply for Hum 101 or 201 is August 2023, for the course that goes September 2023 to April 2024.