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SOST 030 - Intermediate Social Studies
Course Details
Course Code:
SOST 030

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

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 80
Lecture Hours: 4

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

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

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
Word Processing Skills; Computer Skills


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
A. Multiculturalism
i. Idea of culture
ii. Native culture
iii. Immigration
iv. Canada's cultural mosaic

B. Canadian Government, Law, and Citizenship
i. Structure and operation of government
ii. System of law
iii. Citizenship

C. Economics
i. Concept of economics
ii. Employment and unemployment
iii. Community based and local economic development
iv. Consumer rights and responsibilities
v. Economic issues
vi. Regional unit

D. Canadian History
i. Early Native Peoples
ii. European explorers
iii. New France
iv. British Colonies in central eastern Canada, 1780 to 1867
v. Opening up the west in Canada in the 1900's

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

A. Multiculturalism
* 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

B. 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

C. Economics
* 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

D. 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:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Quizzes and Tests: 20 %
Assignments: 50 %

Writing Assignments:
Approximately 2 essays, 2 presentations (could be a powerpoint, or a computer generated report), 2 reports (any format preapproved by the Instructor), 1 debate (prearranged with instructor may choose another oral presentation or essay), 1 oral presentation

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Please note that textbooks and resources may vary by campus and/or to meet the needs of individual learners. Please contact the instructor at campus of attendance for list of required books.

Text Books:

Required - N/A, Current articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals (Various Sources). Chapters Covered: Varies
Required - Craig, R. and Perry, T., 1989, Towards Tomorrow: Canada In A Changing World: Government (Harcourt Brace, Jovanovich Toronto). Chapters Covered: Varies
Optional - Olsen, A., 1995, Adult Basic Education Intermediate Social Studies (Open Learning Agency, Burnaby BC). Chapters Covered: Unit 5- A Study of the First Nations of Canada
Optional - Andrews, A., 1995, Adult Basic Education, Intermediate Social Studies (Open Learning Agency, Burnaby BC). Chapters Covered: Units 1, 2, 3 and 4
Optional - Cranny, M., and Moles, G., 2001, Counter Points: Exploring Canadian Issues (Pearson/Prentice Hall, Toronto). Chapters Covered: Unit 1 (All), Unit 2 (All), Unit 3 (16/17)
Optional - Ministry of Advanced Education and Job Training, 1988, Intermediate Social Studies: Economics and People (Province of British Columbia). Chapters Covered: Varies
Optional - Ministry of Advanced Education and Job Training, 1988, Intermediate Social Studies: Economics and People: Choices (Province of British Columbia). Chapters Covered: Varies
Optional - Starowicz, M., 2001, Videos: Canada: A People's History (CBC Canada). Chapters Covered: Full Series
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