SCR202 - Canadian Multiculturalism

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Subject Title
Canadian Multiculturalism

Subject Description
This subject examines social issues affecting young people in Canada today. Issues ranging from education, employment accessibility, poverty, homelessness, family breakdown, drugs and gang violence, Social Media and popular culture, the criminal justice system, sexuality, gender roles, mental health to body image and self-esteem will be examined. This course is aimed at students with a keen interest in the study of youth, and how institutions and public expectations define issues and problems of youth. It will examine how issues pertaining to youth are understood and theorized across different social and institutional contexts.  A critical component of this course will be an exploration of the socioeconomic status and experience of youths in Canada.   As part of its analysis of socioeconomic issues regarding youths, the course will pay particular attention to case studies surrounding youth issues and the biases of their representation in the media and in public debate.  The course will also examine, among other things, the social and economic conditions of socio-economically disadvantaged youths, other visible minority youths. This course will also look at youths who are role models in Canadian society. Through the study of various aspects of youth culture, students will become familiarized with different aspects of youth stereotypes embedded in the fabric of Canadian society at an institutional and bureaucratic level.     

Credit Status
One general education elective credit: (Prescribed General Education Credit for the College Opportunities Program.)

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

 explain the sociological dimensions of  the concepts of society, culture and youth sub-culture, racism, employment, poverty, homelessness, family, immigration, mental health and sexual orientation   
 gain an understanding of problems and issues facing youths in Canada today
 describe and understand how institutions and public expectations define issues and problems of youths in regards to education and employment
 demonstrate effective written and verbal communications skills in expressing one’s knowledge of given areas of study in applying this knowledge to concrete situations in the context of  social relations     
 demonstrate good debating and presentation skills
 identify and explain issues related to the treatment of youths in the political system and justice system, particularly in the area of policing and criminal justice system
 gain an understanding of the professional ethics of teachers, justice and social welfare workers and others who work with young people and gives students a sense of perspectives on social policy issues from which youth concerns can be addressed
 explain current theories about society and youth culture
 assess and evaluate the importance of government policies and legislations which directly affects youths
 explain and support with evidence the presence of prejudice and discrimination towards the youth population
 identify social and economic problems faced by youths, particularly First Nation youths and other visible minority youths
 apply knowledge related to youths issues and biases of their representation in the media and public debate
 explain and support with evidence why youths and young people are an object of disciplinary concern and social control in some academic and professional institutions
 explain how racism and immigration affects some youths and young people in Canada
 identify socioeconomic problems relating to the issue of  drugs and violence among youths and young people in Canada
 assess and evaluate the important role family plays in youth development

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.