Academic Writing and Critical Reasoning: Multiculturalism

Course Code: BHSW 1003

Academic Year: 2020-2021

Canadian workplaces are diverse environments where aspects of our identities such as culture, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation and class, among others, converges, creating complex social environments. This course examines that complexity by looking at dominant perspectives on multiculturalism as well as texts by minority voices to encourage students to develop an awareness of the diversity enriching contemporary Canadian culture. Both literary and non-fiction texts are studied to provide a range of perspectives on the themes of identity, equity, community, assimilation and tolerance, with an emphasis on the influence of culture on the health of individuals and communities. By analyzing and comparing texts and writing argumentative essays, students develop academic writing and critical reading skills that support their future academic work and prepare them to communicate effectively in professional settings.