CAN560 - Canadian Mash-Up: Immigrant Stories in Art

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Subject Title
Canadian Mash-Up: Immigrant Stories in Art

Subject Description
This course is a credit subject designed for students seeking to deepen their understanding of various aspects of Canadian culture. By reading fiction and non-fiction as well as watching feature films, documentaries and a stand-up comedy, listening to classical and popular music, and examining 19th and 20th century paintings created by Canadian immigrants, course participants will get an insight into the ways Canadian newcomer writers, film directors, musicians, and artists reflect on their experiences in and a perception of their new country.

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. Explain the relationship between life experiences of Canadian immigrants and their artistic creations  in order to gain a deeper understanding of Canadian culture;
  2. Analyze Canadian painting as an expression of the immigrant experience in order to see how newcomer artists present their vision of Canada;
  3. Demonstrate personal connection to the immigrant experience through the artistic re-creation of a newcomer's immigration narrative in order to acquire a more immediate understanding of the immigrant life stories;
  4. Discuss other students’ perceptions of newcomer experiences in order to identify common themes in various immigrant narratives.

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.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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