This course offers special topics in the sociology of diversity for in-depth study. This
upper-level sociology course explores the tensions and challenges that arise from
multiculturalism, the presence of multiple nations within the state of Canada, and the varied
social identities found among communities and groups in Canada’s pluralistic society. Some of
the questions to be explored include the following: Is Canada really a nation? How is social
unity achieved in a multi-nation and multi-ethnic state? Has the role of the citizen been
diminished? Does identity politics threaten our ability to act as citizens? Should nations
within Canada have special status? This course is suitable for learners completing degrees in
a number of discipline areas including science, engineering, humanities, social science,
business or general studies.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Discuss the political dimensions of belonging to specific groups with respect to identity
formation and recognition.
- Define the concepts of identity and identity formation related to the many dimensions of
Canadian social life.
- Describe the language of rights that the Canadian legal system uses to govern diversity
and to assess its value.
- Critically assess the Canadian policy of multiculturalism and recognize its various social
and political roles.
- Provide an overview of the vast diversity that exists among people in Canadian society,
the complexity of that diversity, and the various ways that it influences life in
- Identify and assess the impact of the structures of inequality related to diversity and
difference in Canada.
- Describe the historical evolution of the rights and accommodations for people who belong
to disadvantaged groups in Canada.
- Research information relevant to Canadian issues of diversity.
- Discuss contemporary issues in Canadian society.
SOCI 3991: Sociology of Diversity: Issues for Canadians includes the following three
Unit 1: Identity and Multiculturalism in Canada
- Topic 1.1: The social construction of identity, recognition, and representation
- Topic 1.2: Canadian multiculturalism
- Topic 1.3: The critique of multiculturalism
Unit 2: Nation building and belonging
- Topic 2.1: Canadian nationalism(s)
- Topic 2.2: Quebec as a nation
- Topic 2.3: Canada's First Nations
Unit 3: Inequality and Difference in Canada
- Topic 3.1: Socio-economic and gender inequality
- Topic 3.2: Different forms of intimacy
- Topic 3.3: Different abilities and beliefs
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
Angelini, P.U. (Ed.). (2012). Our Society: Human Diversity in Canada.
(4th edition). Toronto: Nelson.
Type: textbook, ISBN:
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project exam.
|Assignment 1: Unit 1 Essays
|Assignment 2: Unit 1 Essays
|Assignment 3: Unit 1 Essays
|Final Project Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environments “Mail” tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at the start of the course.