CAN118 - Introduction to Canadian Studies

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Subject Title
Introduction to Canadian Studies

Subject Description
This course introduces students to the history and culture of Canada. Central figures and major events that have shaped Canada today will be examined. This includes the first contact between European settlers and Indigenous peoples, Confederation and the birth of Canada as a country, and the changing ethnic and cultural landscape of Canada today. Contemporary social and cultural challenges in Canada will also be explored.

Credit Status
One general education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify major events and figures in the history of Canada that illustrate the social forces that shape Canadian society today.

2. Discuss Canada's immigration policies and their impact on the cultural landscape of Canada.

3. Describe the different regions of Canada in terms of their unique geographical features and contributions to Canadian culture. 

4. Discuss the relationship between the government and citizenry and their impact on contemporary political/civic issues in Canada.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.