Diversity and Intercultural Relations

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Learn to recognize racial inequity and negative stereotyping as a significant social problem. Students will gain a greater understanding of the complex issues arising from the interaction of different cultural and ethnic groups within contemporary Canada. Courses in this program will encourage students examine diversity in a social context, explore critical differences in cross-cultural communication and identify the sources, causes, forms and manifestations of theses issues in our society. This program will prepare learners to act equitably and justly when working with diverse populations.

  • Identify intercultural issues in North American society
  • Apply intercultural communication theories to their daily lives and respect and understand persons from other cultures
  • Ability to create an environment in which individuals will feel comfortable communicating with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Understand the definition of culture and inter-cultural communication theories such as differences in gestures, personal spaces and customs
  • Enhance sensitivity to and intolerance of mistreatment based on racial or ethnic background and appearance, and considers how to handle theses issues as professional individuals in Canadian society.
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Recommended Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    Students who struggle with communication or whose first language is not English are encouraged to explore upgrading options available through our Applied Communications Centre.
  • Computer Skills (e.g. word processing, data management, internet access)
    Students should be familiar with computers, word processing, and email based systems prior to considering these courses. To upgrade computer skills, consider a CE introductory 'Computer Basics' course or a Learning Support Centre workshop before applying.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

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Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description Hours Delivery
COMM10073 Introduction to Intercultural Communication Build skills and confidence in communicating respectfully with people from different cultures. Consider differences in gestures, personal space and customs and identify intercultural issues in North American society. 42 Online
EDUC10092 World Religions: Western and Eastern Traditions Better understand living religious traditions by examining their origins and histories, and discuss the figures, beliefs, sacred texts, rituals, stories and historical events which helped to shape their development. 35 Online
SSCI10017 Diversity and First Nations Examine inequality in various social settings, including but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. Enhance knowledge of important issues in the Aboriginal cultures of Canada, and explore the legal status of Aboriginal people and Aboriginal rights and self-determination. 42 Online
SSCI10026 Introduction to Racism and Discrimination Enhance your awareness of discrimination and racism and explore sociological factors that contribute to bias and prejudice. Consider how to manage these issues as occupational professionals and individuals in a multicultural society. 42 Online
SSCISS108 Sociology 1 Explore basic concepts for understanding human behaviour, individual biases, various roles in society and social groupings. 42 Online
SSCISS288 Contemporary Social Problems - Police Foundations Current social science paradigms and theories are used as a framework for analysis of contemporary social issues relevant to vocations in police services. Explore how individual behaviours collectively create social issues. Includes: crime, violence, abuse, social stratification, ageism, and racism. Prerequisite: SSCISS108. 48 Online

Graduates will increase their ability to work effectively with co-workers and clients, assisting them to become more effective and productive in their chosen professional field. In addition, individuals will acquire increased confidence when challenged both professionally and personally with the complex issues arising from the interaction of different cultural and ethnic groups within Canada.