SOC225 - Sociology & Canadian Society: Contemporary Issues

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Subject Title
Sociology & Canadian Society: Contemporary Issues

Subject Description
Sociology is the scientific study of human social interaction. This introductory subject enables the student to see how individual behaviour is largely shaped by the groups to which we belong and the society in which we live. It introduces concepts such as culture, gender, socialization, religion, ethnicity, globalization, social stratification and social change.  Emphasis is on contemporary Canadian issues and global interdependence.

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

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the sociological imagination and perspectives in relation to understanding people’s behaviour.                                                  
  2. Understand the roles played by race, ethnicity, class, gender, industrialization and urbanization.
  3. Explain how culture can be both a stabilizing force and a source of conflict in societies.
  4. Recognize the major agents of socialization and describe their effects on children’s development.                                                                   
  5. Explain how social structure and social interaction are important for individuals and society.
  6. Outline the nature of social stratification, social mobility and the class system as they exist in Canada and have a general understanding of the existence of global stratification.
  7. Illustrate how issues of race and ethnicity permeate all levels of interaction in Canada and describe the impact of racial and ethnic diversity in the twenty-first century.
  8. Describe the essential characteristics of the major world religions and their impact on Canadian 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.

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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