WIR100 - Introduction to Immigrant and Refugee Policies

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Subject Title
Introduction to Immigrant and Refugee Policies

Subject Description
From a critical lens, this subject introduces students to current global migration issues that cause people to move. Particular attention will be given to the refugee and immigrant experiences within the context of Canadian Immigration history and of the contemporary realities of settlement practices in Canada. The focus will be on how history and current socio-economic and cultural systems shape the ability of immigrants and refugees to establish a sense of place and self-realize. The course will familiarize students with different terms that are often used to categorize various groups of immigrants. These terms directly affect the immigrants living conditions, entitlements to resources, and their process of settlement and integration. Case studies, multi-media, group discussions, presentations, and lectures will be used to help students develop critical awareness of the complexities of the settlement process for immigrants.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Social Service Worker Immigrants and Refugees Diploma Program

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

Global issues:
- Discuss the effects of globalization, structural inequalities between industrial and developing countries, colonization, and industrial warfare on the movement of people across national borders
- Explain the reasons behind the movement of human capital and examine the response of global regulation bodies the (UN, Human Rights, etc) to such mass migration
- Critically analyze the gender implications of global migration

Canadian perspective:
- Examine, and interpret Canadian Immigration history and current trends
- Identify the positive contributions of immigrants to a Canadian nation-building process
- Outline how the socio-economic, historical and political realities of a host country shape realities for different ethnic communities
- Demonstrate an understanding of the existing Canadian policies in areas such as Human Rights and Multiculturalism and critically examine their impact on various groups of immigrants

Settlement issues:
- Distinguish among different groups of immigrants and understand their legal, political, and social entitlements
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of settlement issues and the complexity of the settlement process, both from the perspective of immigrants and of service providers
- Describe the impact of race, gender, and class on the daily interactions of immigrants and on their settlement process
- Demonstrate an understanding of a range of social theories to identify, contextualize and address the following issues relative to the experiences of current immigrants: cultural differences, housing, employment, education, poverty, accreditation, generational gaps, intimate relationship, family breakdown, among other issues

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