Intercultural Education Courses

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Core Courses

Facilitating Intercultural Relationships

This course facilitates intercultural relationships within the context of deconstructing systemic structures and ideologies, which impact every aspect of our society as well as our personal world-views.

Participants and instructors will engage critically, deeply and honestly. We will aim to facilitate and create a respectful community of learners using a dialogical (dialogue) model and an action-reflection process throughout classes and assignments. Topics for critical analysis include: equity, knowledge, leadership, privilege, race, class, identity, oppression, and social justice.

Final Project in Intercultural Education

The final project will give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of both theory and practice in the area of intercultural education.

The final project will normally commence at the end, or towards the end, of the student's program of study and be completed within a period of six months.

Students may complete either 3.0 units of the final project, or combine 1.5 units of the final project work with 1.5 units of the Practicum in intercultural Education (IET 400) to fulfill the requirements for the diploma.

Issues in Cross-Cultural Communication

Explores how "we" view ourselves and others, as well as how others view us, enabling students to develop understanding of principles and problems involved in entering into communication with individuals from different backgrounds. Students develop an appreciation of linguistic interactions and the skills necessary to eliminate the barriers created by linguistic and supra-linguistic misunderstandings.

Practicum in Intercultural Education

The practicum provides a unique opportunity for Intercultural Education students to integrate theory with practice in an intercultural setting. This experience is intended to provide students with an opportunity to apply learning in a practical setting and to develop awareness of further opportunities for study and professional practice. The practicum encourages valuable “hands-on” experience that will compliment theoretical knowledge by putting concepts learned in the Intercultural Education program directly into practice.

The practicum will consist of at least 50 hours of activity for a 1.5 unit practicum, and 100 hours of activity for a 3.0 unit practicum of either volunteer work in a multicultural setting with an approved agency, institution or organization, or of practical experience suggested by you in an approved setting.

Race, Racism, and Ethnicity in Canada Since 1900

This course surveys the place and meanings of race and ethnicity in Canada since 1900. This course explores state and dominant ideologies as well as the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, immigrants, and of community development using film, fiction and popular, social and political histories. Topics may include histories of dispossession, exclusion, racism and anti-Semitism as well as narratives of resistance, survival and resurgence.

Race, Racism, and Ethnicity in Canada to 1900

This course explores the development of racial discourses from the colonial settings of New France and the British Empire in Northern North America to the end of the first period of mass-immigration at the turn of the 20th century. This course covers a wide range of topics from Native-newcomer relations, slavery, anti-Irish sentiment and the dispersal of the Metis to the reception and treatment of non-British immigrants from Europe and Asia.

Racialization and Ethnicity

Using mainly Canadian examples, this course examines theories and research on racialization, racism and ethnic identities with special emphasis on their relationship to social inequalities.

Sociolinguistics

A study of language in its social context, covering aspects of linguistic variation within and across speech communities. Topics may include:

  • language and class, gender, age, situation and ethnicity
  • languages in contact (pidgin and creole languages)
  • code switching and standardization
  • rules of conversation and respectful address
  • societal features of language change
What's Race Got To Do With It?

An exploration of feminist and non-feminist theories of race, racism and racialization in relation to other sources of structured social inequality. Approaches will include political, economic, cultural and psychoanalytic theories.


Elective Courses

Theatre. Community. Change.

This course is designed to introduce participants to methods of theatre that can be used when working with marginalized or disempowered communities. Through interactive and hands-on sessions, you will experience the uses of theatre for creating community dialogue and raising awareness. You will be asked to participate in theatre and drama based exercises in order to develop an understanding of ‘theatre for development’ and ‘theatre of the oppressed’, which are two fundamental methods of Applied Theatre.  Practical experience will serve as a foundation for you to further explore methods of using theatre in your own work with different communities. This class will combine theoretical studies of community-based theatre, with the practices of theatre for development and theatre of the oppressed. Theoretical topics that will be explored are: theatre and participation, facilitator’s responsibilities applied theatre; ethical considerations when working with vulnerable & marginalized communities; measuring the impact of theatre work with communities; the role of the non-government organization (NGO), and its politico-economic implication of interventionist theatre. 

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