Fall 2016 - SA 100W D100

Perspectives on Canadian Society (SA) (4)

Class Number: 3369

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2016: Thu, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Instructor:

    Caitlin Gordon-Walker
  • Prerequisites:




An examination of Canadian society from the perspective of the social sciences -- an introduction both to the nature of Canadian society and to the use of sociological and anthropological concepts applied to the analysis of modern societies in general. This course is meant to appeal to those who specifically wish to expand their knowledge of Canadian Society, and also to those who may be considering further work in sociology and anthropology. Topics to be considered include class structure, the nature of Canada's population, regional variation, gender relations, multiculturalism, native issues. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.


This course examines Canadian society from the perspective of the social sciences, providing an introduction both to the nature of Canadian society and to the use of sociological and anthropological concepts applied to the analysis of modern societies in general. The course will introduce students to sociological and anthropological theories of nationalism and national society. Specific areas of Canadian society to be covered include: colonialism and Indigenous sovereignty; Quebec nationalism and language; sport and national identity; gender relations and expectations; wilderness, the environment, and the North; Canada in a global context; migration and multiculturalism; security and freedom; religion; and inequality, poverty, and health.


  • Participation 10%
  • Reading Journal 15%
  • Academic Integrity Quiz completion%
  • Research Paper Proposal 10%
  • Research Paper Draft 15%
  • Peer Editing Assignment 10%
  • Research Paper 20%
  • Take-home Final Exam 20%


Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐ S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style. It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.



There is no assigned text for this course, but a series of selected readings that you will be able to access through the course website or SFU Library. It is recommended that you download readings in advance in case of temporary interruption to the system; technical difficulties will not be considered an adequate excuse for failing to complete weekly readings.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html