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EDAS 148 - Exploring Diversity
Course Details

Course Code: 
EDAS 148

Credits:  3

Calendar Description:
This course will analyse diversity and how respect, understanding, and encouragement can affect the educational process. It will deepen the student's awareness and understanding of people, their values and cultures, with an emphasis on Aboriginal culture.

Date First Offered:  2010-09-01

Hours:
  • Total Hours: 45
  • Lecture Hours: 45
Total Weeks:  15

This course is offered online:  No

Pre-Requisites:
  • EDAS 141A Education Assistant Foundations
  • EDAS 145 Social Foundations of Special Education
  • HDEC 101 Human Development 1
  • HDEC 100 Essential Skills for Human Service Workers
  • OR permission of the instructor
Non-Course Pre-Requisites:  None

Co-Requisites:  None

Rearticulation Submission:  No

Course Content:
Themes:
  • Diversity issues
  • Supporting Aboriginal learners
Content:
  • Diversity
  • Diversity/Social justice issues
  • Appearance and age
  • Class
  • Culture
  • Ability/disability
  • Gender
  • Language
  • Race
  • Religion/spirituality
  • Sexual orientation
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Stereotyping
  • Prejudice
  • Racism
  • Bias
  • Values
  • Beliefs
  • Multiculturalism
  • Multicultural education
  • Aboriginal issues
  • Aboriginal education
  • Mind maps
  • Personal philosophy
Skills:
  • Think creatively
  • Analyze situations
  • Analyze media
  • Advocate
  • Communicate clearly, orally and in writing
  • Listen actively
  • Synthesize information
  • ID barriers to inclusion
  • Use appropriate motivation strategies
  • Choose and apply appropriate learning strategies
  • Access community resources
Learning Outcomes:
The intention of this course is to prepare students to work with children from differing cultural backgrounds. A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
  • Prepare and/or implement culturally responsive learning activities
  • Assess an environment for inclusive attributes
  • Advocate for student inclusion
  • Develop inclusive environments
  • Identify ways for students to develop positive and healthy relationships at school
  • Assess personal values and beliefs
  • Apply learning to practice
  • Articulate a personal philosophy of respecting diversity. Use his/her understanding of culture and cultural differences to support the inclusion of all students
  • Use his/her understanding of Aboriginal issues and teaching/learning strategies to support the academic and social development of Aboriginal childreN
Grading System:  Letters

Passing Grade:  C (60%)

Grading Weight:
  • Assignments: 90 %
  • Participation: 10 %
Number of Assignments:  4

Nature of Participation:
  • Teleconference and online discussions
Writing Assignments:
  • Research essay and oral presentation
  • Poster analysis
  • Media analysis
  • Learning strategies and resources collection.
Percentage of Individual Work:  90

Percentage of Group Work:  10

Course Offered in Other Programs:  Yes

Other Programs:
  • Education Assistant Diploma
Text Books:
  • Optional - N/A, Current and relevant readings to be shared by instructors
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