Settlement, Integration and Belonging in Canada

Code: ISP420
Apply this course towards: Intercultural Studies and Practice

Course description

This course focuses on the global movement of people and on issues of migration (voluntary and forced, of immigrants and refugees). This course challenges personal understanding of the field of immigration studies; examines international legal definitions and categorizations of the different populations studied; introduces a social justice intervention model in addressing the settlement, integration and adaptation issues of these populations; and analyzes new trends in immigration studies and global population movement. The course will conclude with an exploration of a personal competency framework development for working with immigrants and refugees in Canada.

Learning objectives

Through an interdisciplinary and experiential approach, this "hands-on" course will assist participants to:

  • Gain an understanding of the field of immigration studies and voluntary and forced migration.
  • Develop analytical skills with respect to the international and national legal definitions and categorizations of the different populations addressed in this field of study, with particular focus on the Canadian context.
  • Develop a solid awareness of the settlement, integration and adaptation experiences of these immigrant and refugee populations in Canada and the influencing contextual elements or circumstances.
  • Increase critical analysis skills with respect to the current international and national security policies and laws relating to immigration.
  • Expand awareness of local programs and resources as well as personal competence in working with immigrants and refugees.

JANUARY 2021 Term

Course Title: Understanding "Black Identity" in the Context of Canadian Mainstream Culture

Identity is often referred to as the "loudest talk in town, the burning issue in everybody’s mind and tongue."

An exploration historical and contemporary experiences of "Black" people in Canada. How do particular people and institutions influence the way in which Black Canadians may perceive themselves as citizens of this country, and how do we work towards creating more equitable and socially just communities in Canada? 

Using a dialectical approach imbedded in documentary films and scholarly articles, this course engages students in higher order thinking discussions with guest speakers of various cultural and professional backgrounds to share stories of marginalisation, discrimination, racism, ethnic struggles and/or integration successes into the mainstream Canadian culture.

Instructor: Dr. Moustapha Fall
CRN:  21864

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