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SOST 030 - Intermediate Social Studies

Students will develop an awareness of their roles, responsibilities and rights as Canadian citizens. This will be achieved through a study of Canada's multicultural nature, its system of government, law and economics, and its principles of citizenship.


Hours: 80 (Lecture Hours: 4)


Total Weeks: 20



Successful completion of ENGL 020 Fundamental English, or Grade 8 reading level,
OR permission of instructor.


Non-Course Prerequisites:

Word Processing Skills; Computer Skills





Course Content:
- Idea of culture
- Native culture
- Immigration
- Canada's cultural mosaic
Canadian Government, Law, and Citizenship
- Structure and operation of government
- System of law
- Citizenship
- Concept of economics
- Employment and unemployment
- Community based and local economic development
- Consumer rights and responsibilities
- Economic issues
- Regional unit
Canadian History
- Early Native Peoples
- European explorers
- New France
- British Colonies in central eastern Canada, 1780 to 1867

- Opening up the west in Canada in the 1900's


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of Canada as a multicultural country and the citizens cohabitating with many cultures
- Demonstrate an awareness of one or more ethnic groups in Canada
- Analyze the impact of government policies regarding immigration
- Discuss native culture
- Demonstrate what a cultural mosaic is and provide context
- Discuss Canadian values past and present
- Analyze and interpret future immigration development trends and provide meaning
Canadian Government, Law, and Citizenship
- Gather, organize, and evaluate information on the branches of government in Canada
- Develop vocabulary of and perceive relationships for the Federal Parliament
- Summarize the various stages of passing a law or the lawmaking process
- Evaluate information for meaning of The Rule of Law
- Read for meaning and clarify values regarding law and justice
- Evaluate different theories of Law
- Demonstrate what basic needs are in an economic context
- Discuss basic needs from a global point-of-view
- Organize and discuss Supply and Demand Economics
- Interpret how employment and unemployment affects local and national economies
- Analyze how local development affects regional and national economies
- Extrapolate how personal and government debt affects economies locally and federally
- Demonstrate the mechanics of budgeting
- Demonstrate an awareness of community and regional development
-Canadian History
- Discuss the history of native people living in North America
- Synthesize and provide supportive opinion regarding European settlement
- Critique who the early explorers in Canada were
- Discuss how New France and The British shaped early Canadian History
- Analyze the migration of people who settled Western Canada

- Demonstrate the meaning of historical and political cartoons and express an opinion of their purpose


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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