LSO216 - Religion and Culture in Canada

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Subject Title
Religion and Culture in Canada

Subject Description
This course examines the changing demographics of religious affiliation across Canada since the liberalization of Canada' immigration laws in the late 1960s.  In particular, this course will examine the religious affiliations and activities of the Canada-raised children - "second generation" - of post-1970s immigrant families, and the influence of culture (both Canadian and heritage culture) on how members of this sub-group view and practice religion today. Course content will include both theories in religious diversity and multiculturalism and ethnographic studies of second-generation young adults in Canada of various religious backgrounds, including Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians.

Credit Status
One lower level Liberal Studies credit in the Humanities category

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

  1. Identify the principles that underlie the relationship between culture and religion.
  2. Understand what affects one’s perception and learn to reduce stereotypic thinking.
  3. Understand the influence of culture on their own religious or spiritual values.
  4. Demonstrate a greater understanding and sensitivity to other religions and cultures in Canada.
  5. Demonstrate confidence and competence in cross-religious and cross-cultural communication.
  6. Identify and discuss specific religious and cultural issues that exist within 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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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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