CAN149 - Current Issues in Canada

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Subject Title
Current Issues in Canada

Subject Description

Current Issues in Canada is designed to introduce students to the different political, social and economic issues that Canada currently faces.  Students will build an understanding of how the government functions in Canada, as well as, many of the social issues that contemporary Canada faces.  Current Issues in Canada will cover topics such as; multiculturalism and diversity, democracy, social inequality, Aboriginal relations, regionalism and French-English relations.  This course seeks to develop students' understanding of Canada's unique cultural and historical position in the world. 

Credit Status
One general education elective in the Arts and Humanities category. This is a required course for the General Arts Certificate Program.

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

      ·         Define the concept of power and demonstrate an understanding of how power is accessed and distributed in Canadian society.

·         Understand and explain the current structure of Canada's government, including the roles that the Prime Minister, The Cabinet, The House of Commons and Canadian citizens play in the functioning of good government in Canada. 

·         Understand and explain Canada's electoral process and how democracy operates in Canada.

·         Understand and explain the rights and responsibilities that Canadian citizens hold under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

·         Understand and explain how political ideologies inform political action in contemporary Canada.

·         Understand, analyze and explain the platforms and policies of Canada's main political parties.

·         Demonstrate an understanding of how poverty is defined and measured in Canada, as well as how social and economic inequality presents itself in contemporary Canada.

·         Define multiculturalism and explain how Canada came to be a multicultural nation.  

·         Demonstrate an understanding of the historical relationship between French and English Canadians and the current situation regarding French-English relations in Canada.

·         Demonstrate an understanding of the historical relationship between the Aboriginal people in Canada and the Canadian state.

·         Analyze, understand and explain some of the contemporary issues that many Aboriginal communities face in Canada.

·         Demonstrate an understanding of how Canada's healthcare system functions and the challenges that it faces.

·         Understand, analyze and explain environmentalism in Canada and the contemporary challenges that it faces.

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