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COURSE NUMBER: SOCI 318
COURSE TITLE: Multicultural Aboriginal Relations in Canada
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Randy Haluza-Delay
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Canada encompasses a wide diversity of cultures and ethnic groups. It is often described as having two founding nations even though Aboriginal peoples predated the settling of the French and the English and are a vibrant element in Canadian society. Numerous ethnic groups have also become part of what is often termed "the Canadian mosaic". In this course we will examine these issues from a variety of sociological perspectives.

Prerequisites: Three credits in sociology at the introductory level
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Culleton Mosionier, Beatrice. 1999. In Search of April Raintree: (Critical Edition.) Winnipeg: Portage & Main Press. (Original novel published 1983).
  • Stazewich, Vic and Nikolaos Liodakis. 2013 'Race' and Ethnicity in Canada: A critical introduction  (3rd ed.) Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • A course reader with additional readings is also required.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Course Exam25%
Issue presentation or project (Globe Aware?)20%
Interview Project25%
Reflective Project (essay, journal, video, art)30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: In SOCI 318 you will:
  • Gain knowledge about the diversity of the Canadian population.
  • Develop an understanding of “race” as a social construction used to categorize peoples.
  • Understand the effects of such categorization, such as racism and social stratification.
  • Understand the history of Aboriginal peoples in modern Canada and begin to acknowledge the unique political status of Aboriginal peoples.
  • Understand how this position affects the social life of the country, such as treaty rights, urban Aboriginal migration, land claims and cultural appropriation.
  • Grapple with disparate claims about Canada as a multicultural country.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Who am I? Concepts of culture, race, ethnicity
  • Canada as Mosaic
  • Theories of ‘race’ and ethnicity
  • Culture, diversity, identity Multiculturalism intro (Experience as Racialized person)
  • Ethnicity, diversity in Canada - demography and history
  • Multiculturalism, Racialization
  • Racism
  • First Nations - history, culture
  • Indigenous identity, the colonized mind
  • First Nations - Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
  • First Nations - urban Aboriginals, land claims
  • First Nations wrap-up
  • Topic: Immigration
  • Canadian Diversity - stratification, employment equity
  • Canadian Multiculturalism – navigating cohesion and pluralism
  • Rethinking Nationalism, Identity, Multiculturalism in a Globalizing World


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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