LSO165 - Social Consciousness: Equity and Social Justice

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Subject Title
Social Consciousness: Equity and Social Justice

Subject Description
This course examines contemporary issues and key concepts of equity/inequity and social justice in a global context. It provides students with the opportunity to critically consider and evaluate social responsibility and participation in local, national and international communities. The course unpacks and seeks a deeper understanding of the following topics/issues: social analysis, media literacy, cultural values, social exclusion, power and privilege, gender, class and social action.

Credit Status
One lower level Liberal Studies elective credit for all degree programs.

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

1. Demonstrate a good understanding of the meaning of equity and social justice within the context of diversity.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of and understanding of the various models and approaches to studying social problems.
3. Develop a basic understanding of issues of inequities and social injustice such as race, class, gender, age, sexuality and ability.
4. Identify assumptions related to our understanding of social issues.
5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by articulating personal views on lived experiences.
6. Critically examine written and audio visual samples of social discourse.
7. Develop strategies for equitable outcomes to our social problems.
8. Communicate, orally and through written responses, key aspects of equity and social justice in 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.