Introduction to Canadian Contemporary Issues
Apply this course towards:
An introduction to contemporary issues in Canadian society, including:
- economic and social structures
- cultural and arts policy
- science and technology
- First Nations
Upon succesful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Provide a general description of the historical development of social policy in Canada.
- Identify factors related to structural disadvantage in Canada, and their impact with respect to particular groups.
- Appreciate the complex history of federal policy in Canada with respect to social policy and immigration, and the contemporary challenges.
- Provide a reasoned assessment of the Canadian experiment with multiculturalism.
- Describe factors that significantly influence policy development in Canada such as the economy, the media, political structures and ideology.
- Assess your own theoretical and ideological standpoint with respect to contemporary social issues.
- Identify and discuss specific social (welfare) policies and programs as they impact the lives of people who live in poverty, including women and Indigenous peoples.
- Think critically about contemporary policy issues and develop and apply skills for analyzing social policies.
- Appreciate the historical complexities of Canadian social, economic and political problems, and discuss controversial topics relating to the same with tact and respect.
- Permission of Program Coordinator. Please call 250-721-8458 for more information.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in English.
How to register
If you are interested in taking this course, either for credit or on a non-credit basis, please call 250-721-8458 for more information. Please note that if you wish to take this course for credit, and you are not currently a UVic student, you will need to apply to the university of Victoria for admission.