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Multiculturalism in Canada and the US

Informacje ogólne

Kod przedmiotu: 1.2.5-EC-MCUS Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (brak danych)
Nazwa przedmiotu: Multiculturalism in Canada and the US
Jednostka: Wydział Filologiczny
Grupy: Katalog przedmiotów dla studiów krótkoterminowych (Erasmus+ lub inne umowy o współpracy)
Punkty ECTS i inne: 2.00
Język prowadzenia: angielski
Rodzaj przedmiotu:


Skrócony opis:

Course description:

The course outlines some aspects of multiculturalism in North America. Canada was the first state that officially announced multiculturalism as its policy (1971) and the US's 'melting pot' was a sort of a multicultural approach even before. Yet, Canada and the US have different approaches to multiculturalism. The course offers some basic insights into multiculturalism understood as a policy of the governmental and federal institutions in Canada and the US to deal with the diversity of cultures, languages, religions, ethnicities, and genders, according to the principles of human rights and social justice.


total hours: 30

totel ECTS: 2

1 ECTS – 30 hours in class

1 ECTS – 30 hours- preparing for classes



the teacher: kskowronski@uni.opole.pl

the coordinator of the study programme: m.tukiendorf@uni.opole.pl

Pełny opis:

Course objectives

1. Presentation of some key issues within the area of multiculturalism

2. Analysis of some basic texts (Canadian and American) about multiculturalism

3. Mastering argumentative skills in the context of discussions on multiculturalism in North America


Course content

1. Idea of Multiculturalism

2. Canada's Multiculturalism Policy Objectives

3. Multiculturalism in the USA: from WASP to the Melting Pot

4. Language Diversity and Language Policy in Canada and the US

5 Toleration and Cultural Accommodation

6. Minorities and Social Justice: Recognition, mis-recognition, and non-recognition

7 Case Study: First Nations in Canada

8 Case Study: Hispanics in the US

9 Polish (Ukrainian, others) Americans and Canadians

10 Criticism of Multiculturalism in Canada and the US


Methods of teaching: lecture, slide shows, discussion, text analysis, individual and team work, ICT tools/e-learning


Reading list

A. obligatory reading (to get a credit):

1. Canadian Multiculturalism (Parliament of Canada Library; Internet access)

2. Charles Taylor, "The Politics of Recognition" (on the Internet)

3. 'Multiculturalism' w: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Internet access)

B. supplementary reading (this is not an extensive list)

'Multiculturalism' in: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Internet access)

Richard Rorty, 'Priority of Democracy to Philosophy'; 'on Ethnocentrism'

Efekty uczenia się:

Learning outcomes acc to PRK 2019


1. the student has knowledge regarding the cultural aspects of North American multiculturalism's cultural input (k_W02 P6S_WG)

2. the student knows methods of analysis and interpretation of texts and culture products about multiculturalism in Canada and the US (k_W04 P6S_WG)


3. the student can recognize texts about multiculturalism and other creations of culture about the multiculturalist problems and carry out their critical analysis and interpretation for an assessment of their relevance and impact in the historical and cultural process. (k_U02 P6S_UW)

4. the student takes part in a debate -using English at C1 level - presents and evaluates different opinions and positions and discusses them in reference to the cultural input of the multiculturalist issues (k_U05/P6S_UK; k_U09/P6S_UU)

5. the student plans and organizes individual and team work (k_U08/P6S_UO)

Social competences

6. the student is ready to participate in cultural life and use its various forms (k_K04/P6S_KO)

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Forms of evaluation of learning outcomes:

Active participation in classes - 40% of the final grade (outcome 1,2,3,4,5)

Video presentation/online presentation/in class presentation on a specific topic - 30% of the final grade (outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6)

Other, advanced forms possible (e.g. recording a video clip based on academic material) in the case of willingness to achieve a higher grade - 30% of the final grade (outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6)

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr zimowy 2020/2021" (zakończony)

Okres: 2020-10-01 - 2021-02-23
Wybrany podział planu:

zobacz plan zajęć
Typ zajęć: Ćwiczenia, 30 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: (brak danych)
Prowadzący grup: (brak danych)
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Ćwiczenia - Zaliczenie na ocenę

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2020/2021" (w trakcie)

Okres: 2021-03-01 - 2021-09-14
Wybrany podział planu:

zobacz plan zajęć
Typ zajęć: Ćwiczenia, 30 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Małgorzata Adams-Tukiendorf
Prowadzący grup: Krzysztof Skowroński
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Ćwiczenia - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Opisy przedmiotów w USOS i USOSweb są chronione prawem autorskim.
Właścicielem praw autorskich jest Uniwersytet Opolski.