The Race Relations program is delivered in an on-line approach. As technology brings the peoples of the world closer together and political barriers tumble, globalization and Canadian multiculturalism still face risks that can lead to exclusion and increased inequality, this program attempts to provide measures of prevention and education aimed at the eradication of racism, racial discrimination and related intolerance. Students will observe diversity issues on a national and international level, critical differences in cross-cultural communication, and sources, causes, forms and contemporary manifestations in this area.
Level 1 Expected Availability Credits Fall Winter Summer Diversity & First NationsSOCI-3015 3 Yes Yes Yes This course provides students with introductory knowledge about diverse populations, faiths and cultures. In the context of law enforcement, students will be provided tips on dealing with various victimized persons and the mentally ill. Basic concepts such as culture, ethnicity, race, and discrimination are explored with a view to preventing racial profiling. Students are exposed to societal factors that contribute to crime or stereotypes among various populations. Students will reinforce concepts surrounding community policing in the context of diversity. Laws which influence the protection or discrimination of various communities are also explored. Students will be provided introductory knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. Topics include history, socio-economic issues, beliefs, treaties, residential schools and the criminal justice system. This course is offered through OntarioLearn by the host college, Durham college. First Nations PeoplesCRIM-2002 3 Yes Yes Yes This course will increase knowledge and awareness of the historical overview, the importance of traditions, values, and issues in the Aboriginal cultures of Canada. The legal status of Aboriginal people will be explored along with the Aboriginal rights and self-determination. Other critical issues relating to land claims, justice and social services will be studied. The course will provide students with a basic introduction to the Native ways of being in an effort to better understand the challenges that face Native peoples today. Interpersonal & Group DynamicsSOCI-1022 3 Yes Yes Yes In this introductory-level course, students learn to apply knowledge from interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working with others as well as on a team. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals and groups. Group cohesiveness and effective group decision making will be discussed. Intercultural Communication IntroCOMM-1098 3 Yes Yes Yes Students taking this course will learn the definition of culture and will be introduced to inter-cultural communication theories such as differences in gestures, personal spaces, and customs. By identifying intercultural issues in North American society, student will learn how they can apply intercultural communication theories to their daily lives and how they can respect and understand persons from other cultures. The main objective of this course is to create an environment in which students will feel comfortable communicating with people from different cultures and backgrounds. As part of the course, students will communicate with people from other cultures electronically and in person. This course will be of interest to workers in health services, education, human resources, and business as well as those people who want to enhance their communication skills particularly as they apply to communicating with people from other cultures. Racism & DiscriminationSOCI-1040 3 Yes Yes Yes Students taking this course will learn the definition of racism and discrimination, and will be able to identify the various sources of discrimination and racism resulting from cultural values and physical differences between individuals. By identifying racism and discrimination issues in North American society, students will learn how to analyze the sociological factors that cause bias and prejudice to surface in our society. The main objective of this course is to enhance sensitivity to and intolerance of mistreatment based on racial or ethnic background and appearance, and to consider how to handle these issues as professional individuals in a pluralistic Canadian society. As part of the course, students will communicate with one another through electronic discussion and learn to appreciate through various readings and assignments the many facets of racism and discrimination. This course will be of interest to workers in health services, education, human resources, and business as well as those people who want to enhance their knowledge and sensitivity to issues of racism and discrimination particularly when communicating with people from other cultures or with physical appearances that differ from their own.
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