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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.

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Canadian Society

Course Code: SOCI 1145
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course examines the developmental processes that have brought Canadian Society and its peoples to the present state. Social, legal, political and economic consideration will be developed to analyze both the background and emergent directions of Canadian society.

Course Content

  1. An Introduction to Macrosociology:
    • The analysis of large scale institutions and systems
    • The terminology of demography, social stratification and population dynamics
    • A general overview of the sociological concepts involved in the analysis of national systems
  2. The Historical Development of Canadian Society:
    • A sociological interpretation of the transition of a nation from colonial status to autonomy of governance
    • The historical basis of regional disparity
    • Social economic and political differences and the distribution of ethnic and social groups in Canada
  3. The Emergent Canadian Social System:
    • Conflict and consensus in an emerging nation
    • Conflict and consensus building around groups
  4. The Social Types:
    • An analysis of the smaller immigrant populations, with an emphasis of the regionalization of ethnic groupings
    • An understanding of their roles in the displacement of native peoples
  5. The Structural Base of a National System:
    • The application of European and American economic systems to a Canadian society
    • The division of labour and the emergence of industry with American corporate productive systems
    • Regional disparities in the distribution of wealth
  6. Canadian Social Institutions:
    • The nature of Canadian educational, welfare, social control, family and religious institutions as they relate to consistency and change in Canadian society
    • The ideology and practice of enterprise and service structures in Canada
    • The changing role of the state in Canada
  7. Conflict and Consensus in Canadian Society:
    • An interpretation of social differences and cohesion
    • An analysis of socialism, separatism and populism as the occur in different regions
    • An analysis of political, religious, economic and social similarities and differences among Canadians
    • The effects of the Charter of Rights, the media and pressure groups on the Canadian social fabric
  8. Canada and its Relations with Developed and Developing Nations:
    • The effect of globalization

Methods of Instruction

The course will consist of two two-hour lectures with open discussion time each week.  The student will be required to discuss lecture problems and assigned readings in open lecture theme periods.

Each student may be obliged to prepare, deliver and defend one short seminar paper during the semester.  This paper may provide the basis of the final essay.

Audio-visual material will be utilized wherever appropriate to illustrate course content and directed field research will be encouraged on the part of the student for the final essay.

Means of Assessment

The evaluation will be based on course objectives and carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.   Evaluation may include a combination of exams, short written assignments, participation, seminar presentations, essays, or book reports.

An example of an evaluation scheme would be:

Midterm  30%
Term Paper  30%
Library Assignment  10%
Final Exam  30%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the diverse lifestyles and institutional and informal interactions of members in Canadian society.
  2. Describe the operations of class, status and power as they affect different strata of Canadian society, and gain an understanding of the social processes operating in a diverse and heterogeneous social system.
  3. Interpret Canadian society from the sociological perspective, and utilize different analytical tools in this endeavor.
  4. Analyze change and development of Canadian society in a global context.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.