SES231 - In Between Worlds: Canadian Multicultural Fiction

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Subject Title
In Between Worlds: Canadian Multicultural Fiction

Subject Description
Canada serves as a model for multiculturalism around the globe.  We have a rich tradition of literature and voices from various backgrounds and perspectives.  Many of these authors struggle with the universal dilemma of being caught between two worlds: their personal/ancestral world and their public world.  Through the exploration of short stories, poetry, and other media, students will examine this struggle through the lens of fiction.  Questions of identity, home, immigration, inter-generational conflict, and other concepts will be discussed in an effort to discover how these concepts might fit into the constantly evolving definition of what it means to be Canadian.

Credit Status
One general education credit: Arts and Humanities, Literature

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

On completion of this subject, the learner will be able to…
• To analyze works based on content and form, including analysis based on narrative elements such as voice, structure and characterization.
• To read critically by identifying themes and issues arising from a social and historical exploration of immigrant and first-generation Canadian literature, including ethnicity, gender and race.
• To discuss key themes through written analysis, including the struggle in constructing identity and belonging as an immigrant and/or first-generation Canadian. 
• To produce formal academic essays that analyze texts by limiting a topic, by formulating a clear thesis, and by developing well-constructed paragraphs and essays that are coherent, unified, and contain well organized, appropriate and properly integrated support.

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.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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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