Distance Learning - Part-time Courses - Social and Cultural Understanding
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Description: The world is shrinking. The ice caps are melting. A sneeze, thousands of kilometres away, starts a health pandemic, and technology enables us to intimately view not only earthquakes and tsunamis but human rights violations around the world. This reality calls for an understanding of sustainability, diversity, and social justice. A global citizen is aware of the wider world, respects diversity, is outraged by injustice, participates in community from the local to global level, and feels compelled to act to make the world a more humane and sustainable place. Global citizenship will help students gain personal understanding of themselves as citizens of the world and apply it in their own lives.
|OLRN1297||Global Citizenship: Social Analysis to Social Action
Description: This course explores global citizenship and provides students with an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to live and work in a world that is globally interconnected. Students will examine and critically analyze social problems, gain an understanding of identity and values, develop an awareness of media conglomeration, power, and control, and investigate issues of equality and equity using different perspectives to develop a plan for social action that will bring about positive change. This course allows students to develop a sound understanding of what it means to be a global citizen, both personally and professionally, and the ways in which they can make a contribution to an equitable society and world.
|OLRN1429||Successful Social Relations
Description: The title of this course hints at its central theme: as individuals in a complex world, we have a choice about how to interact with our fellow humans. Should we retreat into ourselves (as Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor has argued we are doing), or if not, where on the continuum of fruitful human interaction should we place ourselves? In choosing this theme, the course assumes human behaviour to be a timely and worthwhile topic for discussion. To investigate how we should be in our busy, crowded, diverse world, we will take an interdisciplinary approach, becoming acquainted with core aspects of three central disciplines that touch on human social interaction: philosophy, psychology, and communication studies.
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