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Canadian Society and Culture

Canada is a country of great cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. What does it mean to be Canadian? Who is Canadian? In this course, we will analyze Canada’s claims to be an excellent example of multiculturalism. Issues relevant to Canadian identities, including climate change, Canada's colonial history, its ongoing treatment of Indigenous peoples, and its areas of poverty, will help us explore whether relative prosperity is attainable for citizens of all diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. We will highlight the limits of Canada’s claims, and use sociology to explore concepts that include impression management, the power elite, and the sociological imagination.

What you’ll gain:

  • Critical reflection on Canadian social and economic forces and conditions - including technology, culture, identity and power;
  • Understanding of how to actively reflect on and engage in the production and consumption of culture;
  • Increased competency as a culturally-aware leader in your field.

This program is right for you if:

  • You are interested in Canadian culture and studies;
  • You want to lead change effectively through a cultural lens and important sociological concepts;
  • You’re ready to work in a group setting that will expand your cultural lens knowledge.

What will I be able to do after this course?

  • Critically interrogate culture, particularly relevant to Canadian identity;.
  • The ability to identify the main factors affecting multicultural and to understand ethical dilemmas in the politics of multiculturalism;
  • Build more inclusive and representative internal and external structures/procedures that allow for a multicultural lens.