CAN290 - We Interrupt This Program

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Subject Title
We Interrupt This Program

Subject Description
From the early days of radio, and then television, there has been intense public interest when big news breaks. "We interrupt this program..." are words that have often brought life to a stop in Canada. This subject will examine many of the news breaking stories that occurred between the end of the World War II to Canada's decision not to participate in the War in Iraq. Whether it was Newfoundland joining our Confederation or the Toronto Blue Jays winning the World Series, we will explore the background of each major news event and the changes each brought about in our Canadian way of life.

Please note: Due to the strong emphasis on writing in online courses, it is suggested that students have completed EAC150 before attempting to take an online general education course.

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. Gain an understanding of how the introduction of radio and television impacted on the daily lives of Canadians
2. Discover how the evolution of radio and television news from infrequent broadcasts to twenty four hour coverage has impacted the population of Canada and the world.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how immediate access to world events has influenced public policy in Canada
4. Identify and analyze a variety of major news stories and explain their impact on Canadian society.

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.