CAN530 - Canadian Cultural Mosaic

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Subject Title
Canadian Cultural Mosaic

Subject Description
Students achieve a better understanding of themselves and Canadian society as they explore anti-racism, multiculturalism, gender inequality, ageism, ableism and sexual orientation issues. Addressed are recent patterns and policies of immigration and visible-minorities in relation to Aboriginal peoples of Canada.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

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

- Demonstrate an awareness of the wide range of cultural groups living in Canada beginning with the original Canadians of First Nations origins, the descendants of British and French settlers, those of other Europeans ancestries as well as peoples defined as belonging to visible and non-visible minority groups. Students must be able to discuss elements of socio-historical aspects of culture and demonstrate an ability to interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships.
- Describe concepts of racism, classicism, sexism, sexual orientation, ableism, plus ageism, and be able to reflect on how they interact with each other as interdependent forces of inequality.
- Discuss the obstacles, pressures, and discriminations faced by all women in Canada, particularly identifying the problems encountered by First Nations, immigrant and visible-minority Canadian Society.
- Identify constructions of racism and discuss issues of contemporary racism in Canada, including prejudice, discrimination, systemic racism and institutionalized racism.
- Reflect on and demonstrate an awareness of their own ethno/cultural background, the dimensions that combine to constitute self identity, and how personal privilege is constructed.
- Outline the main issues in debates about immigration, refugee status, employment equity, First Nations self-determination, bilingualism, multiculturalism, and societal stratification.
- Consistently identify positive, professional attitudes that include the following:

  • a sense of responsibility in meeting assigned deadlines of the tests
  • basic research skills
  • critical thinking in examining issues
  • skills of oral and written communication in the English language
  • participation through various modes

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.

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.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • The Canadian social and cultural landscape
  • Understanding terminology: race, ethnicity, and the politics of multiculturalism in Canada
  • Social stratification and the class divide
  • Inequality of the sexes: gender and sexuality
  • Disabled vs. Abled - breaking down the barriers
  • Open Borders: Immigration past and present
  • Constitutional rights and religious freedom: diversity and law
  • Canada's Aboriginal Peoples
  • Canada's Two Solitudes: French-English Relations
  • "I am Canadian": representation of identity in the media and literature
  • A template for other nations: Canada and Globalization/course review

Mode of Instruction
In-class: Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.

Teaching and Learning Methods:
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor.

Prescribed Texts
Angelini, Paul (ed). Our Society: Human Diversity in Canada, 4th. Edition, Nelson ISBN # 9780176503543

Reference Material

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments may be subject to the awarding of a penalty resulting in a lower grade assigned. 
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

Mid-term Test 20%
Quiz(s) 10%
Written Assignments 15%
Oral Presentation 30%
Final Exam 25%

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines and exercises) until they receive their final grade. Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College. It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing. For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood